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Treve 8th May 2006 07:30 PM

My eleven year old son requires some suggestions please as to what to read :thinking:

He has read all the Harry Potter books, does not enjoy sci-fi but likes adventure/mystery/thriller stories :confused: I know that this info is very basic as "adventure" covers a whole range of genres but I honestly don't know where to even start!! I have never been an eleven year old boy! :D

 

Help!

 

katrina 8th May 2006 09:10 PM

 

I'd suggest:

A Kestral for a Knave - Hines

Holes - Sachar

These two are books frequently studied at Keystage 3 so I would check he hasn't meet them there.

 

The Hobbit - Tolkin, a classic and not as heavy as the later LOTRs

 

Eragon, Palion

Or Phillip Pullmans Dark Materials Trilogy.

 

Boy, Dahl

 

Don't have any children myself but I work in a secondary school and these books seem to be read frequently.

 

Leese 8th May 2006 09:55 PM

 

Treve, I don't have kids so I'm probably not any great help, but might it be an idea to take him down to the library and let him just browse around and pick something out for himself? I remember my folks doing this with me as a kid.

 

That's the beauty of libraries - the kids can sit there and read without any pressure from the sales staff - at least that's how it was "in my day".

 

donnae 8th May 2006 10:11 PM

 

I have an almost 14 yr old son, and he loved reading the Darren Shan series, the first series was about vampires. He was around 11/12 ish when he read them. I think there are 12 books in the series and he was heartbroken when they ended.

 

The young James Bond books written by Charlie Higson seem to be quite good as well - Silverfin and Blood Fever.

 

My son's main reading at the moment is Kerrang!! We are hoping he will get over this in the end :)

 

Momo 8th May 2006 10:14 PM

 

I have an eleven year old son who likes Harry Potter though is not as keen on it as my older son. Lately, his favourite book was Eragon by Christopher Paolini which is going to be a trilogy but only two books are out until now, Eragon and Eldest. Depending how keen your son is on fantasy, my older one read Lord of the Rings when he was eleven - and now the movies are out, so more people have read it.

Also, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende is a nice book for that age (much better than that dreadful movie where the author pulled out his name).

My son also likes the Gary Paulsen books, especially the Hatchet series. These are more "normal life" stories. Both my boys have always liked history books a lot, don't know whether your son is into that. I can tell you some if you think that would be good.

 

Treve 9th May 2006 11:12 AM

 

Katrina, Donnae, Momo - many thanks for your feedback and suggestions. A Kestrel for a Knave is a very good idea Katrina (I don't know why I didn't think of that!) along with the Darren Shan series and Gary Paulsen books which I think he might try.

 

Momo, my son does enjoy history so any you can recommend would also be great.

 

Thanks once again all

 

elfstar 9th May 2006 01:32 PM

 

I would second Darren Shan, my 12 year olds loved them, the 9 year old is now hooked. Anything by Antony Horowitz, especially the Alex Rider series (the film of Stormbreaker comes out in July). Raven's Gate and its sequel tend more towards fantasy but are good adventures. Another spy type series are the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore. Fantasy wise Named by Marianne Curley, a book about children who travel in time to make sure things happen as they should, is the first of a trilogy.

All those are available in paperback. Lemony Snickett may also be worth a quick look depending on how good a reader your son is. Mine read it at 10 and found it relatively easy going.

 

Older authors to look for would include Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliffe..especially Eagle of the Ninth and Outcast.

 

Momo 13th May 2006 12:47 PM

 

Here are a few historical ones, the ones about the war first:

D.J. MacHale - Pendragon

Michelle Magorian - Goodnight Mister Tom

Karen Hesse - Out of the Dust and Witness

Anne Holm - I am David

 

Then there are older historical ones like:

Christine El Mahdy - Tutankhaem

Robert Leeson - The Song of Arthur

 

There's still other fantasy books. Has he tried:

Jonathan Stroud - The Bartimaeus Trilogy

I don't think anyone has mentioned Cornelia Funke, her books are loved by children and adults, so certainly the right read.

My son has also read Terry Pratchett quite early, same here, adults still read them, so they are certainly not too childish or too easy to read.

 

There is also a nice website where they recommend books/authors based on the ones you already like. Maybe this will help you find more:gnook

 

Flingo 14th May 2006 10:50 PM

 

Ok - I go away for a couple of weeks and come back to find you have trounced me at my specialist subject!

 

I would certainly second a lot of the books above.

 

A few more I could add are:

 

Spies and Detectives:

 

Dominic Barker – Mickey Sharp series

Joe Craig – ‘Jimmy Coates, Killer’

Wendelin van Draanen – Sammy Keyes series

Robert Swindells – ‘Stone Cold’

 

War-based adventures:

 

M. Booth – ‘Midnight saboteur’

Ann Jungman – ‘Siege’

Elizabeth Laird – ‘Little piece of ground’

Michael Morpurgo – ‘Private Peaceful’

John Sedden – ‘Mudlark’

 

Historical:

 

Lynne Reid Banks – ‘Tiger, tiger’

Paul Bajoria – ‘Printer’s devi’l

Martin Booth – ‘Coyote Moon’

Melvin Burgess – ‘Burning Issy’

Gennifer Choldenko – ‘Al Capone does my shirts’

Paul Dowswell – ‘Powder monkey’

K. Grant – ‘Blood red horse’

Robert J. Harris – ‘Leonardo and the death machine’

Joshua Mowll – ‘Operation Red Jericho’

Kate Pennington – ‘Charley Feather’

Eleanor Updale – ‘Montmorency

 

These are all found in the 11Up section in our libraries. I have suggestions for younger reads too, but don't want to clutter the thread too much!

 

Hope that helps!

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my fav adventure is percy jackson and the olympians by Rick Riordan its about a boy who has adhd and dyslexia never really fits in then he find out the greek god still exist and hes part god himself its agreat adventure story. there are two book in the series so far Lighting thief and seaof monsters. Titans curse comes out 1st of may and belive me its worth the wait definally my fav book of the series.

 

other recommendations for adventure books for boy maybe cherub series Robert muchamore though he might be a bit young. Basically its a boy whos mum dies and he find himself in a orphange then get recriuet by a goverment agencie but unlike alex rider, young bond, chris ryan series the books feel much more real like if they where to recuiet children the way the do in cherub would be believeable.

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other recommendations for adventure books for boy maybe cherub series Robert muchamore though he might be a bit young.

I don't think 11 is too young for Cherub - we have them as 11 UP in the library, and I've not had any complaints yet!

 

You're starting to convince me to get Percy Jackson, Huntress! ;)

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superburb everyone should read Percy. I cant wait for titans curse to come out Rick sent me the manscript 6 months ago and its amazing its also where i got my pen name from as huntress but the book sees percy coming across artemis, apollo and a certain titan its the best.

If you need anymore convicing come over to the blue trident forum im admin there with all the Percy fans http://www.phpbbplanet.com/bluetrident/index.php?mforum=bluetrident

 

 

As a genral rule cherubs not to young for 11 year old. However i wouldnt recommend it for any younger especially seeing as the lastest book the fall has human trafficing angle in it.

 

cherub is a great series though and the website is fun espically seeing as robert muchamore is always on the site answering fans questions.

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I would recommend anything by Tim Bowler - a great modern day writer who does not talk down to kids.

 

I would suggest River Boy first, or else StarSeeker - it depends what your son is into.

 

Personally, I thought the Darren Shan's were horrific and very gory - not suitable IMO for young teens. I read several and was a bit put off by the graphic nature. Not my cup of Earl Grey.

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My son loved A Series of Unfortunate Events. Actually they are the only books I have ever been able to get him to read. I have now passed them on to my 13 yr old nephew and he loves them too. :)

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How about Alex rider seris by anthony horowitz (i think thats how you spell the second name) the first ones called storm breakers.

or maybe the cherub books by robert muchmore the first one is called recuit. i thought these would appeal to boys as the characters are boys, but i liked the and im a girl.

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Hey,

 

I recently picked up a book at my friends house that he read as a child. I was going on a coach journey that day and wanted something light to read so thought I would give it a go, and I realy did enjoy it it is a bit of adventure and a bit of magic and a few magical creatures. The book is called Artemis Fowl, and it is written by Eoin Colfer. Give it a try I enjoyed it and have the mental aged of an 11 year old boy :D

 

Lol, and I have just realised It was what I was reading when I joined this forum and I stole my name from it :o

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I recently picked up a book at my friends house that he read as a child. ....The book is called Artemis Fowl, and it is written by Eoin Colfer.
He can't be very old then since the first book of the series is from 2001.

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He can't be very old then since the first book of the series is from 2001.

 

Well just to settle your curiosity I will let you know he is 20 and so I guess that would have made him 13 or 14 when he read the book.

 

Hope this satisfies your curiosity, any other questions don’t hesitate to ask

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Another good choice is Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines Quartet. Mortal Engines, Infernal Devices, A Darkling Plain and Predator's Gold. My 10 year old son has read all these many times, and I'm reading the first one and thoroughly enjoying it.

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The press have been lauding 'Tunnels' by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams as a possible successor to the Potter phenomenom. I've just picked it up and so far so good.

 

It's about a boy, Will, who discovers a mysterious underground world. Seems more boyish than Potter so far. Might be appealing?

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The press have been lauding 'Tunnels' by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams as a possible successor to the Potter phenomenom. I've just picked it up and so far so good.

 

It's about a boy, Will, who discovers a mysterious underground world. Seems more boyish than Potter so far. Might be appealing?

I ordered that from Amazon a couple of days ago - it's certainly appealing to me!

 

Another possible Potter successor that is being promoted is Skulduggery Pleasant - there is a thread round here somewhere. That would also fit the bill for Treve's original query.

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