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After CHERUB? Suggestions for 12 year old boy, please

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booksteensandmagazines Wed 06-Mar-13 20:45:03

If you're up at 6.40am tomorrow the author Phil Earle is talking on BBC radio with Paul Ross about books for teenage boys

booksteensandmagazines Wed 06-Mar-13 16:50:09

A book that has worked getting reluctant readers going is Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson. The chapters are short (2 pages) and the book has a fast pace. It is ideal for those readers who struggle to finish a book or to maintain their attention. So far Matt Dickinson has written three books, they are of a similar style but they do not have to be read in any specific order.

A lonk to them is here:

ALso, I have been talking to Year 7 classes (11/12 year olds) about books and drawn up a reading list based on the books on my review website. The link to the reading list is below - they are all good books:

LittleMoosh Wed 06-Mar-13 11:55:24

My DS (nearly 11) dislikes reading story books (okay with non-fiction) and it's hard work getting him to read any, he only seems to read his school reading books and that's because I make him. His teacher says he needs to read more and read good quality books. Any suggestions of what is considered a "good quality" book? Also, do you think it would help if I read along with him, ie him read part and me? He really doesn't enjoy reading and I think it might help if I read along with him.

SecretSpi Mon 04-Mar-13 16:54:03

Oh, gosh - where to start? My son will be delighted to hear there's a new CHERUB series - don't think he's twigged that and I certainly haven't.

And - the booksandteensmagazines site is great! I'll bookmark that straight away.


booksteensandmagazines Mon 04-Mar-13 13:17:08

Although these books are not exactly the same genre as Cherub, they are absorbing and well written. So in terms of series/trilogies you could have a look at:
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Maze Runner by James Dashner

I've reviewed these on my website:

A series I haven't reviewed but which I have heard good things about are the Time Rider series by Alex Scarrow.

Be careful of the ANdy Mcnab books - he writes for different age groups and some of the books contain a lot of swearing.

Shanghaidiva Mon 04-Mar-13 12:26:28

new Cherub series
Henderson's boys
Maze Runner series (three so far)
Tamar by Mal Peet
Keeper - Mal Peet
Blood Red Road - Moira Young
The Enemy series by Charlie Higson - some of the 12 year olds at my school have read this although may be more suitable for 14+
15 Days without a Head - Dave Cousins

BlueChampagne Mon 04-Mar-13 12:14:41

Might he go for Sherlock Holmes?

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 04-Mar-13 11:24:19

Both my DSs devoured the Hunger Games - they're 12 & 14 now and read them last summer.

I assume your DS is up to date with the new Cherub series which has a replacement lead character for James.

SecretSpi Mon 04-Mar-13 10:07:06

Thanks - what great suggestions! He hasn't tried The Henderson Boys yet - and maybe we'll give those a go but I think I'll look into some of the other suggestions first. For some reason he's not keen to read Hunger Games - I get the impression that he thinks it's too girl-orientated and he's at that age where girls preferably don't exist sad

NotADragonOfSoup Mon 04-Mar-13 09:41:02

DS2 (12) has been devouring those Michael Grant books.

Neither him or DS1 got into the Henderson Boys for some reason although we do have the first few.

Pantah630 Mon 04-Mar-13 09:38:26

DS2 read this series after Cherub as well as these by Cherub author and
He's just turned 13 and now reading more adult fiction and reference books. He loves history so is surrounded by books on all sorts of eras.

DeWe Mon 04-Mar-13 09:21:05

I assume you're including Henderson Boys in the Cherub ones he's read?

Chris Ryan has a set about the "Alpha Force" which dd1 read. The first is "Survival".

admylin Mon 04-Mar-13 09:18:09

Ds enjoyed this one too - Holes

admylin Mon 04-Mar-13 09:16:12

Ds read and enjoyed all those books too - he also enjoyed the Andy McNab series

SecretSpi Mon 04-Mar-13 09:06:45

My son, who's 12, is reaching the end of the CHERUB series, which he loved. He has also read and enjoyed the Alex Rider and Young Bond books. I'm looking for something in a similar vein - he is not keen on fantasy and read the first Percy Jackson, but didn't get into it. He's more keen on adventure and spies. Any ideas?

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