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.
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:
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.
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
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
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
DS2 read this series after Cherub as well as these by Cherub author and these 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.
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?