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

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 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 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

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