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  1. I have never heard of anyone actually throwing books in the bin before (because they didn't approve) - has anyone else come across this?
  2. Thanks for the Robert Muchamore tip Leila - I had never heard of him. Will give 'The Recruit' a try.
  3. Hey - thanks for the tip about buying from play.com Fruitybeauty - it's miles cheaper than Amazon!
  4. Has anyone's son read Silverfin yet (the new 'young James Bond' book)?
  5. It's true - I thought the boy was joking when we were talking about books and he told me he'd just bought another Horrible History. I asked him what he liked about them and he said, 'Dunno - I don't read them, just collect them.' I was gobsmacked... It's true though that many boys do like collecting stuff - my own son's room is full of past interests/obsessions piled up or shoved into boxes up. At least with books they can go on the shelf and they might be read one day....
  6. I agree about Horrible Histories - the reading age is quite high and some children, attracted by the covers and titles, find them hard going. I talked to one boy who has collected them all, but says he has never read any of them!
  7. Aaagh - how did I miss the TV adaptation? When was it on, and which channel? Also, have you read The Map That Changed the World?
  8. Thanks for the tip. We've certainly got some Nick Arnold 'Horrible Science' books in the house - I didn't know he'd written a novel: sounds like an excellent idea, especially if it has facts in it too. I've just read 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' and think that it might appeal to my son too (when he's older) because of all those fascinating mathematical pieces. I feel uneasy about the bad language in it though. There's humour there too, of course.
  9. Yes, it's a bit cheaper than the other miscellanies I've seen (£4.99) - it's a good party present too if you've got kids. No one else around seems to have heard of the book though - a shame.
  10. The sections that tickled me most are * Causes of Sock Loss * Nine incorrect spellings of necessary * Top five causes of broken biscuits * Drivers to avoid
  11. Your reluctant reader son might well enjoy How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue. Another book I recommend for this age group is Roald Dahl's autobiography 'Boy'. It's even more gripping than his fiction because it's true, and of course it's very well written.
  12. Has anyone read Longitude? It's the magnificent story of John Harrison, a self educated clockmaker who, single-handed, solved one of the greatest problems of the eighteenth century, fighting an arduous battle against the establishment as he did so. There is something about a true story which grips the soul, and if the story features an obscure genius from whom the greatest scientists of the day attempt to steal ideas, then all the better. It's well told, exciting and will teach you all sorts of things about the dear old Earth on which we sit. Watch out for the illustrated version. Unmissable.
  13. My son read this and really liked it and I ended up reading it too - it's very enjoyable. There is a brilliant section called Nursery Rhyme solutions which had me in fits. The design and pictures are nothing special but if you like Schott's and have a daft sense of humour like I do, you'll really appreciate this.
  14. He's ten. Thanks, I'll look out for Alex Rider - sounds like it might appeal, although he shows an aversion to fiction in general. I'll check out the library. I've noticed that what's on the cover seems to be quite important with many boys - it has to have an attactive picture or no chance...
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