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my 11 year old son needs some new book recommendations. He loved the urgum books, the measle books by Ian Ogilvy and the jiggy McCue series. Any other ideas? He doesn't like really scary stories.


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Initial post: 19 Feb 2010 14:12:35 GMT
Diane says:
Urgum the Axeman

Posted on 19 Feb 2010 20:52:14 GMT
B. GARDINER says:
Hi, Cornelia Funke's Inkheart trilogy is exciting and might appeal to your son. There is also the challenge of Lord of the Rings which is always worth the investment in time. Robert Muchamore books are a constant hit with boys your son's age in the school library where I work, as are books by Morpurgo - Private Peaceful, for example, or Holes by Sachar. Oh, and if he enjoys a touch of scaries, he might try McNish's Ghost and/or Angel - both really good reads.

Do hope these recommendations are useful.

Mrs Bernie Gardiner

Posted on 20 Feb 2010 08:42:07 GMT
Dawn Killner says:
Try William Nicholson, he wrote The Wing Singer Trilogy, and The Noble Warriors Trilogy - my son devoured both sets in record time. Could also try Michelle Paver The Wolf Brother chronicles.

Dawn

Posted on 20 Feb 2010 13:54:07 GMT
Has your son tried Malorie Blackman? Her first books, aimed at the 8-12 age group, were a big hit with my son at the same age. I would recommend 'Thief!', 'Hacker' and 'A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E'. To be honest, I enjoyed them myself!

Posted on 22 Feb 2010 13:48:14 GMT
Josa Young says:
Try Halo by Zizou Corder, it has just come out.

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 09:33:00 GMT
Try him with the Horrible Histories books - they're informative and absolutely hilarious. My grandchildren love them. they're learning while laughing.

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 09:37:18 GMT
Try him with the Horrible Histories books - they're informative and absolutely hilarious. My grandchildren love them. they're learning while laughing.

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 10:33:14 GMT
J.B. says:
Have you tried the Artemis Fowl series? They border on the thriller side of literature rather than scary but do have some brilliant comic moments. I assume you've been through Roald Dahl but if not they're worth a read. Most books for 11 + boys do seem to be thriller/ horror based, at 11 my son had just outgrown the Brian Jaques Redwall series (medieval setting but all the characters are animals and you become quickly absorbed), and went on to read the James Herriot books closely followed by Gerald Durrell's collection, both authors generated gales of laughter. Eva Ibbotson's The Haunting of Hiram is fun as is her book The Secret of Platform 13. A couple of years back I bought First Aid for Fairies by Lari Don for my daughter but it was quickly swiped by her big brother and his friends. It's an excellent story about a vet's daughter who finds herself helping fabled beasts in a race against time. The narrative is fast paced and exciting and has been re-read several times - don't be put off by the girlie pinkish cover, a big mistake by the publisher as it deprives boys of a really good read. We went to a book reading by Lari Don, she really is engaging and worth seeking out. When your son hits the teenage years, may I recommend Spike Milligan's reworking of the classics? They are hillarious.

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 12:56:25 GMT
Lepidina says:
The Percy Jackson books are great fun, my son who hates reading loved them. A warning tho: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief is on release in cinemas, see the film then read the book otherwise you will be disappointed. Also the Ranger's Apprentice series are a bit different.

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 13:09:09 GMT
The Hiccup books by Cressida Cowell are perfect for your son's age group.
Hiccup: How to Train Your Dragon

Posted on 26 Feb 2010 16:40:32 GMT
Varjak Paw

Posted on 1 Mar 2010 15:26:11 GMT
S. da Silva says:
Series of unfortunate events...excellent

Posted on 11 Mar 2010 16:46:55 GMT
StarWarsFan says:
Artemis Fowl series are well worth a look - this series are also on DS, as part of the flips series, as well as Percy Jackson series. Charlie Higson's Young Bond books are incredibly well written, and great fun for this age. The Pendragon series are great, fantasy without being 'scary'. How about the 'Tunnels' series too, and some of Terry Pratchetts are lovely (even better on audiobook if you can get them - try 'Truckers'). Hope this helps. Also, try in your local library. Our staff are incredibly good at recommending books, and the teenage section is usually sadly neglected...
(The 'Cherub' series by Robert Muchamore are wonderful too, but check you're ok with the content - might want to wait a while.

Posted on 13 Mar 2010 18:13:47 GMT
connie cymru says:
I can recommend 'Granny' by Anthony Horowitz. Wierd, wonderful, funny. Even grown ups will enjoy it.

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 09:23:52 GMT
J. Bourne says:
All of the above are excellent but have a look at The Invention of Hugo Cabret - an absolutely brilliant story with fantastic illustrations.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2010 21:56:16 GMT
M. O'connell says:
have a look at the keys to the kingdom series by Garth Nix, I think these would be about right.

Posted on 23 Mar 2010 20:27:45 GMT
c s lewis says:
My11 year boy loves this book "I know what you did last wednesday" by Anthony Horowitz . He has
already read this book, and now reading it for the second time and still laughs out loud.

Posted on 27 Mar 2010 17:26:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2010 17:27:41 GMT
Leandros says:
My two boys (aged 11 and 13 absolutely love a book called The Obsidian Key by a writer called Eleanor J Cramphorn. It's a really exciting (but not scary) story about a boy called Takeshi and how he gets mixed up in an adventure he didn't go looking for... It's available through Amazon, and here's what people have said about it:
I bought this book to read to my teenage son, who has dyslexia, and, because of this, finds reading difficult, although he has no trouble with comprehension. He enjoyed it tremendously - as, in fact, did I, which isn't often the case with books I read to him! We both found it very well written - it is exciting and funny and moving. The story follows the quest of a teenage boy, Takeshi, to avenge the death of his family by the evil Sigvard of Wintermark, and along the way, we meet all sorts of interesting characters - our favourite, by far, being Vincent Di Luna, also known as Midnight; gentleman by day, thief by night. This is an excellent book by a brilliant new author and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, pacey, exciting read, regardless of age.
My sons really, really enjoyed it and I'd certainly recommend it.

Posted on 29 Mar 2010 22:19:34 BDT
R. West says:
Mortal Engines quartet by Philip Reeve, a must!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2010 22:30:36 BDT
T. J. Barnes says:
how about the spooks books by Joe Delaney my son loves these

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010 11:44:24 BDT
A. Clark says:
Hi,around that age nearly 30 yrs ago I read an American series of books Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigaors.These were basically The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries but for a more discerning reader.There were originally around a dozen books in the series,although many years later they were added to,but I can only vouch for the originals.They really are suberb.They're about three teenage friends in L.A. who form a detective agency but the plot lines are real page turners full of clues and red herrings.Hitchcock was a stunt to promote the books and 'introduced' each story.These books while aimed at older children were also widely read by adults.If you do read these it would be wise to do so in order as they grow into their roles.Do an internet search on Alfred Hitchock and The Three Investigators for all the background information.They were so good I'm tempted to revisit them myself.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 14:08:42 BDT
Chablis says:
Hi, my 11yr old son loves the Last Dragon Chronicles series of books by Chris D'Lacey. He also loves reading Willard Prices' Adventure stories over and over again.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 14:08:45 BDT
Chablis says:
Hi, my 11yr old son loves the Last Dragon Chronicles series of books by Chris D'Lacey. He also loves reading Willard Prices' Adventure stories over and over again.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010 16:11:35 BDT
K Lancaster says:
How about the Terry Pratchet books like Jonny and the Bomb? Great read and shouldn't be scarey for him.

Posted on 9 Apr 2010 16:33:11 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
I know exactly what I read at his age, around 1967. And most were old stuff already, but I have them on my shelves to this day.

Jules Verne
Captain Marryat
Rider Haggard
"Biggles"
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