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Can anyone recommend books for boys after Horid Henry !


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Initial post: 22 Mar 2009 07:16:08 GMT
I am looking for books for grandsons age 7, 8, 11 all good readers but somewhat reluctant unless the book really " grabs " them at the beginning.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 07:36:33 GMT
Try The Wind on Fire Trilogy.
I read these when I was much younger. I must have been about 13-14?
They're still utterly gripping even now at 18 years of age.
I used to be very much the same way, couldn't persevere with books unless they started off really well, so this series will be absolutely perfect for the older one at least. Probably a bit too scary at points for the younger ones.

Try the Series of Unfortuante Events series too.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2009 11:04:16 GMT
try the edge chronicles for the older ones [ chris riddell and stuart ???...loads of them and really gripping....i was a bit disappointed when they started to read them on their own and I didn't have to read them to them any more
and for the younger ones Captain underpants......its not exactly high brow but it kept my boys engaged in reading

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 11:39:46 GMT
BookJumper says:
My favourite light, gripping reads when I was little was R.L. Stine's excellent "Goosebumps" series. Mild yet enthralling horror for young readers, I'd especially reccommend the "Night of the Living Dummy" mini-series (I think there's about three or four books to that, I'm pretty sure you can get them as one volume as well) and "Say Cheese and Die."

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 17:42:55 GMT
The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, very action packed or alternativly Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz, anything of his is great.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 17:54:31 GMT
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D. Judd says:
I would agree with the previous comment
Artemis fowl books and the Alex rider series by Anthony Horrowitz but also the Wolf brother series by Michelle Paver, for the older boys. Also the my story series of books which are historical fiction books, both my children a boy and a girl enjoyed them.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 18:12:57 GMT
J. Corby says:
Last year a series of books came out about goblins -The Stone Goblins, The Tree Goblins. These are good for boys -funny and 'rude' and included maps and a few illustrations too.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2009 19:53:42 GMT
Ahmet Zappa's (son of the late, great Frank) Monstrous Memoires of a Mighty McFearless entertained my 10 yr old.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 20:06:13 GMT
For say 11 plus Alex Rider is really brilliant-I'd buy the whole series and have them to tasks for you to win the next book...they're that good!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2009 20:09:21 GMT
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Mrs M says:
My 9yo son has really enjoyed Cressida Cowell books - How to train a dragon, How to speak Dragonese - recommended by his teacher. The Jammy Dodgers books by Bowering Sivers are going down well too. Good luck!

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 22:26:50 GMT
Hi there, One of my sons is reluctant to read anything other than Horrid Henry, Beano annuals and the Argos catalogue even though he has a huge library of books read and recommended by his older brother who is a great reader. However he has progressed to the Mr Gum stories (quite rude and funny to a 7-9 year old), and is currently storming through "Space Cowboy" by Justin Stanchfield. Progress at last.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 22:58:44 GMT
the yuck books by matt and dave, if your grandsons enjoyed horris henry, believe me they will love these. the humor is spot on to entice and amuse small boys.

Posted on 22 Mar 2009 23:32:13 GMT
Dirty Bertie by David Roberts are hugely popular with Horrid Henry fans, and the Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton. But they're the perfect age for Roald Dahl as well. Michael Lawrence also writes a lot about pants, bums and toilets, so they'll probably like those. Look out for Horrid Henry event in their area next weekend; 1st April is Horrid Henry Day and lots of bookshops have parties and activities going on.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2009 10:18:17 GMT
K E Hockin says:
my 10 year old loves the beast quest series, there is even a website with it.

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 16:39:14 GMT
C. Connolly says:
My Son is almost 9 and a reluctant reader. He has really enjoyed "The Meanwhile Adventures" by Roddy Doyle, although he was a bit disappointed with "Rover saves Christmas" and the "Giggler treatment" also by Roddy Doyle. I would agree with the previous poster that Captain Underpants was spot on in getting him interested in reading again.

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 17:22:04 GMT
G. Freeman says:
My nearly 7-year old is nuts about Horrid Henry but also likes the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. They're roughly on a par with reading age - try them!

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 19:02:05 GMT
D. Stevenson says:
Have you tried any Roald Dahl? Hard to beat. We've just finished the BFG (my 2 are 8 and 6) and it is suitable gruesome and silly.Fantastic Mr Fox is good for a solo read as it's quite short. We've now moved onto Jeremy Strong.

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 19:23:18 GMT
my son is a reluctant 10 yr old reader. He is now reading " a diary of a wimpy kid" by jeff kinney without any prompting!! success in my book (excuse the pun).

Posted on 24 Mar 2009 01:13:45 GMT
andy says:
well the 7 worlds has just come out A splinter of faith, and its the first in like an octiliogy if that is what you call it. I am buying it for my cousin and nephew, believe me its something that will grab their attention, the fantasy realm you get introduced to at the end is amazing, and the journey they go on throguhout the book is breathtakingly imaginitive.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2009 11:39:03 GMT
R. M. Weir says:
Try `Spy Dog' series by Andrew Cope. My grandson is nearly 10 and started reading this series a year or so ago. You can hear him chuckling to himself as he reads!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2009 11:48:18 GMT
Sue says:
The 'Wolf Brother' series by Michelle Paver is excellent. Beautifully written, gripping, exciting... My 8 year old loved it, as did my 11 year old. Nice for adults to read too! Also, Nigel Hinton's 'Beaver Towers' is perfect for lower juniors (ages 7-9) - really exciting, laugh-out-loud funny and quite menacing too.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2009 12:41:45 GMT
H. Hall says:
Inkheart series, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Goodnight Mister Tom, hope that will help: )

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2009 12:43:28 GMT
Bookymum says:
I would highly recommend the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series. My 8 year old son, who never reads a book unless he has to, got the first in the series for Christmas and read it in a few days. He has done the same with part II and part III. He is now reading them again! (Trouble is, he won't read anything else now)!

Posted on 25 Mar 2009 12:53:14 GMT
Steph says:
Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence (7+); Cressida Cowell series about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (vikings); Astrosaurs (space dinosaurs) by Steve Cole (6+); Jeremy Strong books

Posted on 25 Mar 2009 13:41:43 GMT
Joanne Soars says:
My nine year old loves Horrid Henry and Beano. He now reads the Dennis the Menace books, Diary if a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants. Enjoy x
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