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Books for a 13 year old boy

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Initial post: 10 Dec 2012 14:19:20 GMT
A Book Lover says:
Looking for recommendations for a 13 years old boys. He enjoyed all the Rick Riordan books and is currently into spy/undercover type stories. No bad language or unsuitable material please.

Many thanks

Posted on 10 Dec 2012 21:34:23 GMT
You could try Duty Calls: Dunkirk or Resistance if his reading is good and would like to explore war stories. The Power of Three (Secret Breakers) is also an option.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 16:10:53 GMT
Steve says:
I realise it sounds like blatant self-promotion, but it sounds as though my books would be right up his street. Blind Spot and Payback are thrillers aimed at young teens, although adults have also been enjoying them.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 18:11:33 GMT
P.J. Taylor says:
Hi Booklover,

Give 'Brian, His Granddad & the Cup of Ages' a try. Available in paperback and as a Kindle download. Very similar to Rick Riordan.

Posted on 13 Dec 2012 10:26:17 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2012 18:39:16 GMT
Ann Evans says:
You could look at The Beast by Ann Evans, it's book one in a trilogy. They aren't spy stories but are very exciting. They other books are The Reawakening and Rampage. The Beast is currently shortlisted for The Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, and there's lots of reviews on there. The link is

Posted on 14 Dec 2012 00:07:51 GMT
Hazel says:
I assume he's read Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series and Charlie Higson's Young Bond series, but just in case he hasn't, the first books in these series are:
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)
Young Bond: SilverFin

There's also:
Young Sherlock Holmes 1: Death Cloud

Happy reading!

Posted on 14 Dec 2012 07:06:24 GMT
Kribu says:
Seconding Alex Rider. Mark Walden's H.I.V.E. may also be fitting.

Alexander Gordon Smith's Escape from the Furnace series, starting with Lockdown, is also worth a look.

If he's enjoyed Riordan's books, and wants a break from "real world" spy/undercover stories again, Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant and Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series may both be of interest.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 16:00:29 GMT
Fina says:
Try Alex Scarrow time riders series. Or mark walden h.i.v.e series. My son loves them.

Posted on 14 Dec 2012 22:40:49 GMT
P. McAvoy says:
So I met a Ghost - mild YA horror. So... I Met a Ghost

Posted on 15 Dec 2012 12:28:16 GMT
Rob May says:
Alien Disaster: a fast-paced science fiction thriller for readers aged twelve and above.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2012 09:25:38 GMT
S E Bee says:
Zip and the Indiscernible Zone. Its a new book only on kindle at the moment. Its got spies and aliens its fast paced and full of fun with loads of alien gadgets. The first couple of chapters are up but I would say it really starts to get going to the stage its difficult to put down at around chapter 4/5. My friend who is in the industry has read it and she thinks its set to be big. Who knows! It is great fun though and sounds right up his street.

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 22:34:53 GMT
THE ORB: The Lure of the Crow

Hi. Im a teacher who has just published my first book. He may like it. The boys in my class loved it.

Michael x

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 19:29:33 GMT
Ben says:
Eoin Cofler, and his Artemis Fowl series, which he's just finished (9 books in all), Anthony Horowitz, Neil Gaiman books are very good, a bit dark but with humour.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 20:21:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Dec 2012 20:32:02 GMT
LEP says:
Try Alistair MacLean's books. They are adult, but not difficult to read and nothing in them that unsuitable as far as I can remember. Very adventurous.

Has he read Anthony Harrowitz's Diamond Brothers series - The Falcon's Malteezers in the first one.

There's the Young Bond series; the Alex Rider series; CHERUB series; HIVE series; The Young Sherlock Holmes series.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 13:50:29 GMT
F.L says:
Try the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore. They are amazing and intended for boys.

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 13:18:52 GMT
I would recommend either
Percy or
The Cave of the Sleeping Knights

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 17:12:11 GMT
T. P. Ripley says:
Hi - Try my own book - Lily Lovebug and the Unconquered Planet. Don't let the title put you off. For boys and girls (good readers - 50000 words). Full of adventure, excitement and humorous gory bits! Aliens, Wizards, giant spiders - the lot!

T. P. Ripley

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2013 17:49:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jan 2013 17:50:15 GMT
Traffic says:
Of course you'd recommend them, Mr Lawrence; you're the author of both books ;-P

Posted on 2 Jan 2013 11:47:15 GMT
M. H. PAGE says:
Jim Eldridge "Black Ops" series - realistic settings in the world's trouble spots, but strong moral compass.
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