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Initial post: 1 Jul 2009 17:30:56 BDT
Emma Yeo says:
I'm Emma, I'm 13 and I am running out of books that I want to read. I read the Malorie Blackman series Noughts and Crosses when I was 9 and loved them so anything like that I would love.
I liked Harry Potter, but hate Twilight.
Can anyone give me any book reccomendations - but not too many soppy,romance filled books as they aren't my cup of tea.
I also like time travel/sci fi books.

Posted on 1 Jul 2009 18:49:59 BDT
Lynne says:
Hi Emma, Check out 'Gertie Gets it Right (eventually)' and 'Zac's Destiny' on Amazon, both by a new fantasy writer, Lynne North. They could be just what you're looking for!

Posted on 1 Jul 2009 19:22:15 BDT
Hi Emma,
I sell a lot of my books to young people of your age. They are about stroppy teenage tooth fairies - definitely not pink or sweet! Great fun and action packed. Have a look on amazon -

My website

Best wishes

Posted on 1 Jul 2009 21:56:29 BDT
Barmy_Bex says:
Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy are absolutely amazing, full of witty humour and adventure you won;t be able to put them down. Also try the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2009 22:00:59 BDT
LEP says:
Emma, look on
It reviews books for children/young adults. It give a review/synopsis, age range and content guide.

Posted on 2 Jul 2009 07:05:19 BDT
R. Ward says:
Hi Emma,

If you liked Noughts and Crosses, you might like to try my book, 'Numbers.' It's about a girl who can see a number when she looks in someone's eyes - the date of their death. It's a bit of everything; thriller, love story (but not soppy), road movie. It does have a bit of adult language, so won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I think you might like it. If you do read it, I'd be really interested in your feedback.

Rachel Ward

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2009 08:22:09 BDT
Bayley says:
My 13yr old son loved the "Maximum Ride" series of books by James Patterson - that should keep you going over the summer!

PLus he read Boy in the striped pyjamas which i think is excellent :)

have fun...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2009 08:29:52 BDT
The Denthan series by Sam Wilding is brilliant. bThe Magic Scales is the first book in the series...
funny, exciting and magical. I am also a big Harry Potter fan and this was great.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2009 08:37:33 BDT
K Schram says:
I would also recommend The Magic Scales by Sam Wilding. It made me laugh out loud but was also very exciting and magical.

Posted on 2 Jul 2009 11:32:11 BDT
new book out this week - Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of Praying Mantis. Full of action and adventure with a great female lead. Check out the website - - if you like it, please post a review and tell your friends!

Posted on 4 Jul 2009 21:24:17 BDT
Check out the 'The Dark is Rising'-series by Susan Cooper, they are brilliant. I read them first when I was about your age, I loved them then and love them still - the story is really exciting and it is very well written. Quite a bit of magic and thrills in there and no soppiness at all, I promise!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2009 16:54:31 BDT
Hi Emma,
I am not 13 myslef (!!!) but I just recently read a book called 'Catherine - also called Birdy' by Karen Cushman. It's actually about a 13 year old girl in the middle ages, and it's a lot less boring than I'm making it sound here!
It's written in diary style, kind of like Adrian Mole in a castle - and is really funny. Catherine goes through all the usual teen-age worries, but the book's set in mediaeval times, so you get a bit of history thrown in. I really enjoyed it.
Hope that helps.

Posted on 6 Jul 2009 18:48:59 BDT
hi emma
you would really like The seven stones by cp goy. its really exciting not like the other fantasy stuff cos the characters are soooo REAL!!!!!! and theres 2 more others coming out soon. cant wait!!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2009 21:33:54 BDT
Grame B says:
I am reading The Second Gteway by Sam Wilding. I need to read the first one - The Magic Scales. it's brill

Posted on 7 Jul 2009 14:24:01 BDT
Marali says:
Try the Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan. First of a brilliant triology.

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 09:35:06 BDT
Hey Emma! Checkout Ember Fury by Cathy Brett - a funny and exciting adventure, a bit of time-travel, not much sloppy romance, some brilliant plot twists... oh, and awesome illustrations too!

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 10:41:40 BDT
Geoff Oldham says:
Well. Emma, as a Twilight - hater, this review might have been written for you: Copy and paste that into your browser. If you like what your read, get in touch with me: and I'll findon for you.

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 10:50:04 BDT
Geoff Oldham says:
Emma, I tried to change the above message slightly and add to it, but for some reason it didn't work. What I wanted to add was that if the review interests you go to the author's website; where you can read about her other teenage books too. (She's my wife by the way). If you would like any of them get in touch with her or me. Don't worry if they don't actually appear to be for sale. We should be able to find one for you.

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 16:45:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2009 16:46:43 BDT
Fee fee says:
I would agree that the Maximum Ride series is fabulous. Also maybe Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and Tithe by Holly Black...I think they're suitable for teenagers..

Posted on 9 Jul 2009 19:20:40 BDT
T. Marshall says:
The House of Night Books by P.C Cast and Kristen Cast are really good. It has god romance in it, but not the goeyy lovey dovey type. It's also got vampyre's in it... but it's not like twilight. I'm addicted!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2013 00:31:00 BDT
Try The Kite Rider (not Kite Runner)

Posted on 8 Apr 2013 19:04:33 BDT
Emma would now be 17 and so is unlikely to be checking back here for replies.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2013 18:14:17 BDT
LEP says:
How to Fall - Jane Casey

Posted on 6 Jul 2013 14:44:14 BDT
Lucy Rule says:
if you like sc-fi and action try the uglies series. i read them when i was 13 (year ago) found them really good not at all soppy and romantic
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