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I have 4 kids to buy for. Inspire me please!

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SomebodySaveMe Sat 13-Oct-12 20:11:36

2 boys- 9 and 11. Quite strict parents so nothing too adult.
2 girls 9 and 11. Less strict parents but as the older one is begging for Jackie Collins and they are saying no I need something tame but not babyish!

Any help would be lovely!

Dededum Sat 13-Oct-12 20:19:59

I have a 9 year and a 11 year old boys.

11 year old good reader and 9 year not so good.
11 year old - Willard Price - adventure series / Percy Jackson series / same author did another couple can't remember the name of the books
Horrid Histories / Science

9 year old - enjoying Tom Gates series at the moment
- Big Nate series

joanofarchitrave Sat 13-Oct-12 20:28:56

9 year old girl: Mary Anning's Treasures.
11 year old who wants Jackie Collins: Book token. Let her parents continue the argument in the bookshop. (And perhaps a suggestion that she should show some personal initiative and borrow all her pornography from the library like the rest of us had to?)

9 year old boy: Beano annual.

IzzyHow Sat 13-Oct-12 20:59:25

I recommend Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Sean Yeager for the boys.
Possibly Artemis Fowl as well.

I've no idea what girls are reading these days. Angus Snogging and Thongs was one I came across ages ago, not that I'm recommending it.
I guess the Hunger Games might appeal? Possibly too old.

MeDented Sat 13-Oct-12 21:03:30

Is Judy Blume still on the go? That might be acceptable compromise for Jackie Collins?
Michael murpurgo good for others? Think you can get full set of 16 for £16 at Book People just now

ChippyMinton Sat 13-Oct-12 21:08:37

11yo boy - Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider series or Caroline Lawrence Roman Mysteries series or The Hobbit.
9yo boy - ditto - Diamond Brothers series or Roald Dahl or Michael Morpurgo

Not sure about 11yo girl
9yo girl - Jane Lawes Gym Stars series

ChippyMinton Sat 13-Oct-12 21:09:46

Try Book People or Red House for box set bargains.

lljkk Sat 13-Oct-12 21:38:28

Don't you need to know what they've already read?

At a guess:

11yo boy: Saxby Smart, or Sam Hutton
9yo boy: Cosmic (Frank Cottrell Boyce(?))
11yo girl: Cat Among The Pigeons (DD just read it)
9yo girl: Jane Blonde

HappyTurquoise Sat 13-Oct-12 22:15:34

My suggestions:
Horrible science/geography/murderous maths series for 11yo boy (see what's on offer at the Book People); The Hobbit/ LOTR.
A good hard backed picture non-fiction reference book for 8yo boy (space, dinosaurs, his favourite sports).

Girls - 9yo, The Little White Horse (recommeded by JK Rowling).. some How to tame your dragon series or Jacqueline Wilson. Ingo series by Helen Dunmore is excellent.
11 yo...Hunger Games, Noughts and Crosses, Pegasus series... Alex Rider...Or a graphic novel of Macbeth/Romeo & Juliet?

HappyTurquoise Sat 13-Oct-12 22:16:30

DD (12, young for her years) recommends The Fire Within series for girls...

Leeds2 Sun 14-Oct-12 21:07:20

For the girls, I would recommend Beswitched by Kate Saunders. It is recommended, on the back of the book, as a 9+. But it does use the f* word once! Which I sort of think spoilt it, there was no need!
Or There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar.
Or Four Children And It, by Jacqueline Wilson. Together with the original Five Children And It, by E Nesbit.

Harryc Thu 25-Oct-12 15:34:11

Friesops Fables a brand new publication by author, Julian Defries. is now a firm bedtime favourite in my house. Beautifully ‘drawn’ both in words and pictures. One of the stories is an analogy of a business panda seeking to ‘corner the market’ in bamboo, comparing him to the power hungry, wealth obsessed, businessmen we are all too familiar with. Very relevant to today’s world.

jongleuse Fri 26-Oct-12 00:07:58

Patrick Ness/ Anthony Horowitz/Robert Muchamore 11 year old boy.

Percy Jackson good for 9 year old boy but may have read. If bookish then The Phantom Tollbooth or The Mysterious Benedict Society? Or the new Lemony Snicket? Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve if likes fantasy.

Girls: for 9 year old. Tough, especially if she has an older sister and has already been dipping into her Jacqueline Wilson/Louise Rennison. Hilary Mckay is good (funny sweet eccentric family stories). She may also like all recommended for boy above. Frank Cottrell Boyce is also a really sweet, funny writer.

11 year old girl who wants to read Jackie Collins...hmm. I Capture the Castle? The Pursuit of Love? She's pretty much ready for the full on YA experience. John Green's books are lovely (though officially aimed at 14 plus). Sarah Dessen and Maureen Johnson also good on 'relationship' YA for want of a better word.
On another tack The Folio Society have some lovely classic hardbacks and have some offer on atm so less eyewateringly expensive. Or Penguin also do some beautiful classic hardbacks.

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