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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 20:55:15 BDT
leaker says:
any suggestions of books for an average 9 year old boy please?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2011 23:02:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2011 23:03:10 BDT
LEP says:
Football Academy series - Tom Palmer
Henderson Boys - Robert Muchamore
Billionaire Boy - David Walliams
The Silliest Joke Book Ever - Puffin Team
Alex Rider series - Anthony Horowitz
The HIVE series - Mark Walden
Skulduggery Pleasant series - Derek Landy
An Elephant in the Garden; Not Bad for a Bad Lad - Michael Morpurgo
Harry Potter series - Rowling
The Hobbit - Tolkien
Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks
The Diamond Brothers series - Horrowitz (The Eagle's Malteeser is the first book)
Moonfleet - J Meade Falkner
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
Holes - Louis Sacher
Stig of the Dump - Clive King
Saxby Smart: Private Detective - Simon Cheshire
The Borrowers - Judith Elkin
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster (funny)

Posted on 26 Oct 2011 23:24:04 BDT
9 year old's reading ability varies a lot. My son is just beginning to take off with reading and has flown through the Wimpy Kid books. He is now tackling books from the Dinosaur Cove, Jack Stalwart, the Spy Dog and Spacemutt series. I also fancy getting him The Teenage Years (Dark Lord).

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 07:38:52 BDT
Eileen smith says:
The alex rider series.

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 07:39:32 BDT
Eileen smith says:
Or the Percy Jackson series.

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 12:03:19 BDT
D. Jones says:
The Obsidian Pebble (Artefact) is about to come out in paperback. Meanwhile, if he likes a scary story, give The Dreables, A Merryweathers Mystery a go. It has sample chapters of The Obsidian Pebble at the back and is a free read. Both are aimed squarely at 9-14 year olds.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 14:14:11 BDT
Reviews101 says:
Podge - the Pooiest, Ploppiest Pig on the Planet!


: )

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 14:38:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2011 14:39:42 BDT
Hello - my recently released children's 'time-slip' mystery adventure, The Secret Lake is aimed at readers aged 8-10 and has just received 5 Stars from ex Head Reader at Puffin Books who remarks on how suitable it is for boys and girls alike. It has lots of twists and turns, humour and strong characters. Do take a look at the reviews on Amazon (UK & US) - you can also see more children's reviews on website.(I reply to all children's reviews!) I have two boys (now teenagers) and know how hard it can sometimes be to find boys a book that ticks all the right boxes! Best of luck and I hope this helps. Jeremy Strong is good fun too, by the way! Karen Inglis

Posted on 27 Oct 2011 18:37:18 BDT
Adam Lewis says:
Stars of Astoria

If they like fast-paced, adventure stories than Stars of Astoria will delight them! Okay, I'm bias, I wrote it but I teach 9 year olds and they love it!

Hope that helps

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 21:08:59 BDT
J. H. Frost says:
My 9 year old son LOVES Michael Morpurgo! Born to Run, Cool, Butterfly Lion and Warhorse have been particularly good. A few months ago he was very excited with the Jack Stalwart books too but the Morpurgo books have been more emotionally involving and 'thrilling' for him.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2011 21:25:52 BDT
A. Gerrard says:
My book, 'The Haunted Trousers' recently made available on Kindle may suit your nine year old - particularly if he enjoys a little spookiness and humour.The Haunted Trousers

Posted on 3 Nov 2011 16:51:32 GMT
Paul says:
try Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2011 17:54:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2011 17:55:47 GMT
LEP says:
Moonfleet - Meade Falkner

Posted on 8 Nov 2011 11:32:10 GMT
Katherine says:
Cressida Cowell dragon series

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 13:12:03 GMT
Mrs C says:
A wide range from those that can be read quickly to those with more substance that mine have enjoyed. Some authors have books in both camps.
Goblins David Melling ( a series and an easy but fun read)
Dick King Smith
Michael Morpurgo
Roald Dahl
Diary of a whimpy kid - Jeff Kinney
Dennis the Menace books (easy but have been read umpteen times)
Ghost Hunters - Cornella Funke
Steve Cole - Astrosaurs and to a lesser extent Cows in Action
100 Mile an hour Dog
Spy Dog
Sniff (again about a dog)
Cressida Cowell (dragon books)
Alex Rider - Anthony Horowitz
Caroline Lawrence - Roman Mysteries
Chris Bradford - Young Samurai
Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan
HIVE - Mark Walden
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Just William - Richmal Crompton
Mytchell Symons factual books with short answers to all kinds of questions. Do Igloos have loos and why does ear wax taste gross are two of the titles
Glenn Murphy on a similar vein
Bill Bryson A Really Short History of time, with the pictures and shortening to make it better for kids
Guiness Book of World Records
Atticus the story teller 100 Greek Myth Lucy Coates
William Shakespeare retold by Andrew Matthews and illustrated by Tony Ross
I hope this is helpful. I have quite a range of factual books that they delve in and out of, especially thoses with lovely pictures. Very good for filling shorter periods of time or looking at together.
I am afraid I am not so good at remembering the one off books.

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 09:14:22 GMT
the Mr Mejeika series.... brilliant.

Posted on 9 Nov 2011 20:30:52 GMT
my teacher is an alien and others by bruce colville

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 10:45:10 GMT
Colin says:
Everyone says Alex Rider and Percy Jackson which are good but get a little repetitive. Try Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third for some really funny bits and Young Bond for some great adventures. Also worth looking at Lari Don's First Aid series which has a young centaur colt as a hero or Rocking Horse War, all of which are beautifully set around Scotland.

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 10:25:03 GMT
A. Williams says:
The Talent Thief!

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 22:37:35 GMT
Markerp3n says:
Try Terry Pratchett or Percy Jackson

Posted on 12 Nov 2011 22:42:33 GMT
Markerp3n says:
Take a loook at some animal stories, there is a series of titles about a spy dog

Posted on 13 Nov 2011 11:21:30 GMT
Trixter76 says:
Have you tried, Tijaran Tales: White Child? It's the first in a new series, but so far it's getting great feedback! Check it out.
The characters have just turned 12 in the first book and it works well for male and female readers. You could see it as 'Harry Potter meets the X-men in Starwars'!

Posted on 14 Nov 2011 11:27:23 GMT
GBean says:
What about The Phantom Tollbooth, the EL Konigsberg's From the Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankenweiler? My son was 9 when he discovered that he didn't have to read only fantasy and boy detective novels--but those titles listed are a little different---fantastical elements without being too out there.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 16:17:23 GMT
Captain Underpants Series

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 16:21:25 GMT
Captain Underpants Series - for most abilities, really funny books that appeal to anyone with a sense of humour. Cartoon type pictures and flicker book features. Parents will enjoy them too. Highly recommended.
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