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Can anyone suggest some books for an advanced 10 year old boy

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Posted on 21 May 2011 18:45:13 BDT
I'm a school librarian as well as being an author and playwright. I've got two books which I had many pupils read (they didn't know I'd written them!) and they loved them. Both are under £2. Bugtown and In the Land of the Demon Masters. If you don't like them, I'll eat my hat! John McKenzie P.S. In The Land of the Demon Masters owes much to recent Tibetan history and mysticism. Free Tibet!

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Last edited by the author on 21 May 2011 19:01:04 BDT
'the curious incident of the dog in the night time'
source ~ 1st class degree in english & education studies (ba with hons)
& taught at all levels in schools both within and outside of the uk.

Posted on 22 May 2011 08:55:53 BDT
I'm a school librarian and I've just put up two books on Kindle, both road tested on tons of pupils. In the Land of the Demon Masters and Bugtown. I've had books published in paperback and hardback, but couldn't get a publisher to look at a book for this age range, so kindle was a godsend. John McKenzie

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2011 10:18:50 BDT
Since he likes magical fantasies, he might like my book, "The Caves of Caerdraig." Reading the synopsis and free sample on Kindle will give him some idea what it is like.

Posted on 4 Aug 2011 19:22:51 BDT
Doc Tempest says:
For complete action adventure new Tarzan reboot could fit the bill:

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

Posted on 12 Aug 2011 18:30:45 BDT
P. J. Taylor says:
Who's Brian, where's his Granddad and what on earth is The Cup of Ages?

Brian, His Granddad & The Cup of Ages

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2011 12:04:26 BDT
David Bryant says:
Can I recommend Destiny Six - The Beginning by R P Jax? It's available in paperback or kindle format. It's an exciting fast-paced fantasy about six friends who embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Looking at the list of books he already reads, he should certainly enjoy this.Destiny Six: The Beginning

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2011 13:46:18 BDT
Helen says:
Lari Don has a great series starting with First Aid for Faeries and other Fabled Beasts, which is different to the other copycat books out there for this age group. It's a mix of modern day and traditional tales and a really good adventure. Also try Inkheart/Inkspell/Inkdeath or anything else by Cornelia Funke - intelligent stories with plenty of plot and character depth. I've steered my son away from Cherub - too violent for entertainment at this age!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2011 13:48:37 BDT
Helen says:
Try Louis Sachar "Holes", "Small Steps" and "The Cardturner" for something different, but engaging. My twelve year old also loved Edgar Rice-Boroughs' Tarzan books and The Prisoner of Zenda.

Posted on 17 Aug 2011 19:49:16 BDT
I'm currently republishing my Seven Fabulous Wonders series as e-books at low prices (86p) for the first month - starting with The Cleopatra Curse (about a slave boy who wants to race chariots). The seven books are all independent stories set in the ancient world and combine magic with adventure.
The Cleopatra Curse (Seven Fabulous Wonders)

Posted on 17 Aug 2011 21:21:43 BDT
Tetley says:
Hi. Try the Sorcerer's Tome. It's in ebook format and is the first in a series.
Here's the blurb: Thomas Knight believes in magic, especially at this time of year. He wouldn't be at all surprised if Santa himself descended from the night sky and asked for directions to the nearest reindeer servicing depot. But tonight, Tom will embark an an adventure that will snatch him out of this world and into a realm of magic, mythical creatures, evil sorcerers and very cold feet.
Stranded in this magical realm, Tom soon finds that his arrival is no accident. Ancient scrolls have foretold his return to this world so he can rid it of evil as he had done centuries earlier. Not bad considering he is only fourteen.
Aided by an unemployed cleric, a vampire with an affliction, a girl who is really no fun to be around once a month, a fairy with a masculinity complex and the empathic daughter of a seer, Tom embarks on a quest to steal the source of the evil sorcerer Balfore's power and the key to opening the door back home, an ancient book - The Sorcerer's Tome. But the Tome is not the only thing with power, as Tom finds out the closer he gets to the book.

The Sorcerer's Tome

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2011 16:25:14 BDT
Rewind, The Cube and Dear Mr Author.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2011 09:21:13 BDT
It sounds as if this kid has already read everything that's worth reading! Here's a book that is distinctly different from those books: 'Dunderheid McCan't', Kindle edition, by Clare Parker. This novel is set bang in the middle of the real world - with just a suggestion of magic. It is a far cry from anything 'sloppy or mushy' and, although it addresses serious issues that many children have to face, it is also very funny. It is aimed at kids aged between 10 and 15 and many adults have enjoyed it, too.

Posted on 31 Aug 2011 16:46:06 BDT
whyme says:
my son has just finished Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck and also enjoys all the Jack London books - good introductions to quality writers

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2011 16:56:31 BDT
sid says:
try "The Secret of the Storm Cloud"

Posted on 31 Aug 2011 18:23:04 BDT
Neil Ostroff says:
Check it out if you like wild paranormal about the afterlife.


Posted on 1 Sep 2011 19:37:23 BDT
P. Betty says:
Just published, Thomas and the Yorkshire Vampire. Reading the synopsis and free sample on Kindle will give him some idea of what it is like.

Posted on 1 Sep 2011 22:11:45 BDT
I've published a 50,000 words detective novel aimed at younger readers.
"Gold Medal Saboteurs - The London Olympics Mystery" is for sale on Kindle.
Hopefully the synopsis, sample chapters and recent reviews will grab his interest.
There is also an abridged version of 35,000 words with a slightly different plot line "Geek Army Saboteurs".
Happy hunting.
David Hughston

Posted on 2 Sep 2011 13:06:56 BDT
Saturdays Are Gold by Pierre Van Rooyen. An adventure story about a ten year old boy and his younger sister set in 1940s South Africa. Can strongly recommend this. A number of reviews can be read on the Guardian Newspaper readers review section here: - link to reviews of Saturdays Are Gold in the Guardian. Declaration of interest - I edited it.

You can 'Look inside' on the Amazon US website here to get a feel of whether it will suit or not -

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Posted on 14 Sep 2011 19:23:26 BDT
A. Moriarty says:
I would recommend the Douglas Adams 'Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy' books just because they are so clever and funny. Balance that with some of the classics. 'Of Mice and Men' or 'The Pearl' by John Steinbeck, 'The Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee and 'A Kestral For a Knave' by Barry Hines. The latter book is short but challenging due to the nothern dialogue 'tha knows'. My son also liked 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams.

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 21:22:00 BDT
Para2011 says:
Check out "The Legend of the Hermit Master" not sure how to do a link or would do one for you. I just finished it and left a review. A brilliant fantasy book for kids and adults. The cast is all magical animals. Very terry pratchett like.

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 16:24:54 BDT
Alderway says:
Mostly I can only contribute by endorsing so many of these recommendations - especially stuff like Hitchikers Guide or Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I also enjoyed Wolf Brother: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Book 1, and The Hunger Games series is rightly a big deal at the moment. But if it's not a terrible faux pas, then I would add my own novel to the list. The Lost Story: The Scroll of Remembrance is available on Kindle and has been very well received by both boys and girls across the 10+ (inc adults) age range. Sorry to self-promote, and I know it's a bit exclusive as a kindle book, but hopefully it's helpful.

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 18:48:17 BDT
Check outBugtown and In the Land of the Demon Masters

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 18:56:10 BDT
You must try the new book by Andrew Mackay - Young Lions.
Alternative history - Germans invade Britain in the Second World War and two teenage boys join the resistance and fight back. Boys Own Adventure type book with non-stop action.
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