DS has just finished Y7 and will be 12 at the end of August. He is quite a keen reader and I really need to stock up on some ideas for a reading list for him.
I have just picked up the first 2 books from the "Dark is Rising" series which he was going to save to take away on holiday, but he had "nothing else to read" and started the first one yesterday. He is over half way through now!
Has he been through all the Rick Riordan and Anthony Horowitz books?
He could also try the Neil Gaiman one set in a cemetery (name temporarily eludes me), or perhaps the Hitch-hikers' Guide to the Galaxy series, or enter Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Classic sci-fi like HG Wells might go down well, as might some detective classics like Wilkie Collins or Arthur Conan Doyle.
I am number Four by Atticus Lore, in paperback and the second of what I hope will be a series is published in August. My 12 yo loved it and reported it to be much better than the film. Thanks for the mention of the "Dark is Rising" series, my DS likes most of the authors already mentioned but hasn't come across this series.
Thank you, I have start trying to put these on a spreadsheet...may even put them on my blog.
Got a call from the library today, Inkdeath is in but not Inkspell yet. DS is happy because The Throne of fire is also in. Trying out Reckless and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke but have no idea what they are like.
11yo DS loved them (he insisted I special order them in) says "They're quite good... They're like a detective book" he's implying the difficulty of the puzzle to solve was about right (but then admits he just skimmed the dialogue to solve the mystery part!) and the reading level was a bit too easy for him (he's quite ahead of average for his age). "It's very cold, because people do die in it.... the writer acts as if it's no big deal... says they have died, and that's that... they're all after the same thing but they're willing to kill for it." (but the deaths aren't violent, just mentioned).
Says that with Harry Potter you have to read it all to follow the story.
I can tell you about a lot of lit for this age group that I personally find too violent! Star Wars & Star Trek Novels, if he's into that. and DiscWorld (luckily DS not into ).