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Initial post: 13 Dec 2009 17:28:44 GMT
PG Wodehouse says:
Can anyone suggest something other than Robert Muchamore or Anthony Horowitz?

Posted on 13 Dec 2009 22:02:03 GMT
hayver says:
my boys enjoyed gone by michael grant, blood ties by sophie mckenzie and gareth nix books

Posted on 13 Dec 2009 22:12:50 GMT
M. Dowden says:
You could always get the original James Bond novels, I ate them up when I was at school.

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 22:31:13 GMT
My son loved the series which starts with Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver...good mix of adventure and fantasy, and tension suitable for tweens-early teens.

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 22:53:17 GMT
DN PERKS says:
Kevin Brooks is very good; (Latest is Black Rabbit Summer)
Charlie Higsons Young Bonds are quite good
Also The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 22:56:25 GMT
DN PERKS says:
Also-sorry; on a roll now-
Keith Gray -Malarkey
Melvin Burgess- Bloodtide; Doing It;etc
Patrick Ness

Posted on 26 Dec 2009 12:45:15 GMT
RiccNew says:
Yes!
If you like Anthony Horowitz or Robert Muchamore, you should definitely have a look at these (in order of how strongly I recommend them, best at the top!):

The Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig (start with Jimmy Coates: Killer)
The Hive series by Mark Walden
The Young Bond series by Charlie Higson
The Young Samurai Series by Chris Bradford

Posted on 28 Dec 2009 02:26:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2009 02:27:53 GMT
poovey says:
Depends on their age but my boys have been reading and loving Darren Shan books since they were about 12 although they are classed as young adult in the public libarary. They are vampire fanatasy books so it depends whether your boy likes fanatasy or not.

Posted on 1 Jan 2010 12:21:28 GMT
Heliotrope says:
Saxby Smart: Private Detective - The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files

Posted on 5 Jan 2010 19:12:38 GMT
'Crowdie and Cream and other stories' by F J MacDonald. An autobiography of a boy growing up on the island of Harris in the 1930's. Intended for adults, but a real-life boys adventures.

Posted on 21 Jan 2010 17:29:24 GMT
Teacher Girl says:
Robert Swindells is great- he writes plots that boys are interested in, e.g. nuclear holocaust, serial killers etc. "Brother in the Land", "Stone Cold" and "Abomination" are the best (in my opinion).
Michael Morpurgo books, such as "Private Peaceful" and "War Horse" are also excellent.
I'm a teacher in a boys secondary school, and they come recommended by my pupils!

Posted on 26 Jan 2010 13:19:39 GMT
Jenny Woolf says:
Matt Whyman is good!
NB should this be in the YA section rather than biography? just asking

Posted on 19 Feb 2010 16:45:25 GMT
A. Smith says:
Any ideas for some more 'classic' books such as those of John Wyndham? I've tried my son with HG Wells with no success so it needs to be relatively contemporary and pacy but not Horowitz, Higson etc. Hoping for something slightly better written.

Posted on 1 Mar 2010 19:07:57 GMT
Echo says:
Hey there. My brother's 14 and we often swap books. He's becoming quite an avid reader like me :-P Recently, he's read the series by Naomi Novik which starts with 'Temeraire'. He also enjoys the series by Charlie Feltcher which starts with 'Stoneheart' (then 'Iron Hand' 'Silver Tongue'). There's also The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, The Key's To The Kingdom series by Garth Nix (starts with 'Mister Monday') and Mark Robson's books (the first of which is 'Imperial Spy') Hope this helps :-)

Posted on 1 Mar 2010 20:11:04 GMT
Maybe Simon Scarrow's "Under the Eagle" series if they have any interest in Roman history?

Posted on 4 Mar 2010 18:43:31 GMT
Emily D says:
Thanks for some great suggestions. My son has just discovered R Muchamore and I'm after something similar for him.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 21:17:14 BDT
February83 says:
Most half-way literate teenage boys would enjoy The Magus by John Fowles. Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger. And Hamlet, the ultimate adolescent sulk story.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2010 08:19:20 BDT
frapatroo says:
I suppose it depends on your son's age. A 13 year old might lap up what a 15 or 16 year might find a bit lame. I became a fan of Raymond Chandler at 15, so if think your son would be ok with novels a littke more adult, I'd recommend his books. Some of the coming-of-age classics would be worth a try, too: Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", Fante's "Wait Until Spring, Bandini", something of that ilk ...

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 17:02:37 BDT
ajk77 says:
Douglas Adams: the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy etc
Isabel Allende: City of the Beasts etc
Chris Bradford: Way the Warrior etc
John BUchan: the 39 Steps
James Clavell: Sho-Gun
Agatha Christie : the Murder of Roger Ackroyd...
Eoin Colfer: the Artemis Fowl books
Conan Doyle: the Hound of the Baskervilles etc
Lindsey Davis: the Silver Pigs (if they liked Caroline Lawrence younger)
Alexandre Dumas: the COunt of Monte Christo
David Eddings: the Belgariad and loads more (boys love em)
Raymond E Feist: Magician etc
Cornelia Funke: Inkheart series, the Dragon-Rider, the Thief Lord
CS Forester: the Hornblower books
Frederick Forsyth: the Day of the Jackal
Roger Lancelyn Green: assorted myths
Frank Herbert: Dune books
H Rider Haggard: King Solomon's Mines, She...
Anthony Hope: the Prisoner of Zenda
Jack Higgins: the Eagle has Landed
Anne Holm: I am David
Hammond Innes?
Diana Wynne Jones?
Rudyard Kipling: Kim
Jack London: Call of the Wild
Alistair Maclean: the Guns of Navarone
Anne McCaffrey: Dragons of Pern series
Patrick Ness: the Knife of Never Letting Go, the Ask and the Answer...
Garth Nix: anything but esp Shade's CHildren
William Nicholson: Wind-Singer/Slaves of the Mastery/Firesong and Seeker/Jango/Noman
Baroness Orczy: Scarlet Pimpernel books
James A Owen: Here there be Dragons etc
Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
Terry Pratchett...
Willard Price...
Philip Reeve: Mortal Engines series
Mary Renault: teh King Must Die
Malcolm Rose: Traces
Michael Scott: the Alchemyst etc
Jonathan Stroud: the AMulet of Samarkand etc
Rosemary Sutcliff: the Eagle of the Ninth...
Tolkein: the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings
Jules Verne: around the WOrld in 80 Days
Mark Walden: the Hive books
H G Wells: the War of the Worlds etc
TH White: the Once and Future King
Jack Whyte: the SKystone
Tom WOlfe: teh Right Stuff
John Wyndham: the Day of the Triffids...
Markus Zusak: the Book Thief

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 18:16:33 BDT
I am a teenager myself (17), and I got some Conn Iggulden books (The Emperor, the Conqueror) a few years ago and loved them.
Well worth a shot.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 07:14:24 BDT
L. Davies says:
LW says:

I would recommend Sea Djinn and Fire Djinn by Linda Davies. They are the first two books of a fantasy series of five in the author's Djinn Quintet. My sons love them (and one of my sons is a big fan of Muchamore too). I have to confess to being partial as I am the author! But here's an objective source: this is what Teen Librarian says about them: `The description of sand, sea and surf made me long for the ocean...Sea Djinn hooked me!
Mixing mythic encounters into contemporary life is not a new concept but Linda Davies has created something special here, adding in human greed and intrigue as well as ecological awareness into a fast-paced adventure no part of the story feels forced or false. The characters are fleshed out through the book and even the (human) villains are more than two-dimensional caricatures that often populate YA books as foils for the heroes. The twists in the story are artfully done and I did not see them coming until they were happening. The sense of the fantastic is present throughout the book but magic never comes to dominate the story instead it is the humanity of the protagonists (mortal, animal and mystical) that shines through and leads the story. I loved it and am eagerly awaiting Fire Djinn.'

Happy reading,

Linda

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 07:16:48 BDT
L. Davies says:
Hi Haver,

Suggestion for your boys: Sea Djinn and Fire Djinn by Linda Davies. My boys love them. I have to confess here that I am the author! But here's an objective source - Teen Librarian-
`The description of sand, sea and surf made me long for the ocean...Sea Djinn hooked me!
Mixing mythic encounters into contemporary life is not a new concept but Linda Davies has created something special here, adding in human greed and intrigue as well as ecological awareness into a fast-paced adventure no part of the story feels forced or false. The characters are fleshed out through the book and even the (human) villains are more than two-dimensional caricatures that often populate YA books as foils for the heroes. The twists in the story are artfully done and I did not see them coming until they were happening. The sense of the fantastic is present throughout the book but magic never comes to dominate the story instead it is the humanity of the protagonists (mortal, animal and mystical) that shines through and leads the story. I loved it and am eagerly awaiting Fire Djinn.'

Happy reading,

Linda

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Posted on 25 May 2010 08:45:44 BDT
For boys, much of the early (1950s, early 60s) science fiction by Robert Heinlein. Stranger in a Strange LandStarship TroopersThe Moon is a Harsh Mistress (S.F. Masterworks); apparently out of print, but well worth getting if you come across them: Red Planet, Double Star, Podkayne of Mars.. almost anything written by him in the 1950s. He was an interesting man, and his novels are not just adventure/sci fi, but often carry moral and philosophical messages.
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