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11-14 year olds books?

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Sjpelyn Wed 15-May-13 22:18:43

Can anyone suggest great reads in the above age group for both boys and girls?

Numberlock Wed 15-May-13 22:39:18

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time

booksteensandmagazines Thu 16-May-13 09:05:20

I run a website which reviews books and magazines for teenagers - as well as the book reviews there are a number of book lists I have drawn up by age range. The site is free - I have am an ex-teacher and librarian and have a passion for encouraging teenagers to read.

DeWe Thu 16-May-13 10:11:58

Is this also for your research?

My dd who's 12 has a few series she loves: the Cherub series and the accomanying Henderson Boys. The Time Riders series, Stonewylde series (Kit Berry).
Individual books she's enjoyed include Watership Down, Daughter of Time, Franchise Affair (both by Josephine Tey), some of Joan Aiken.

ChristineCartlidge Sun 19-May-13 08:09:50

Both my daughter and I just read a book Called The Dream Quest that I saw in new releases on Amazon. Very unique and neither one of us could put it down. It has a female protagonist which I find extremely refreshing and a good moral to the story.

SanityClause Sun 19-May-13 08:18:22

DD1 (nearly 14) will read just about anything. She's into steam punk, and that kind of thing, mostly, though. She's just read all the Game of Thrones books, and they were recommended by a male member of staff in Waterstones, so they must be pretty much "unisex". Her favourite books are the Mortal Engines books by Philip Reeves, which would also be very suitable for boys.

DD2 (12) is not such a voracious reader, but loves anything by Ali Sparks. These would also be popular with boys.

SanityClause Sun 19-May-13 08:19:30

DD2 also likes the City of Ember series - again suitable for either sex. (Well, everything is really!)

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 19-May-13 08:46:22

All the Alex Rider books, Stormbreaker is the first.

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 23-May-13 16:37:40

We're more boy orientated: the H.I.V.E books, Charlie Higson's Young Bond, the Young Sherlock books, the Villain.Net/Hero.Com books all go well in our house with 11 year old ds. He has also just discovered the Carl Hiaason books written for this sort of age.

He has also enjoyed things like My Family & Other Animals which I certainly loved as a girl.

Friend's 12 year old daughter loves Skulduggery Pleasant, Twilight, Hunger Games.

Any help?

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 23-May-13 16:46:19

My 11 year old has recently enjoyed Brisinger trilogy, Patrick Ness trilogy and the two William Nicholson trilogies which start with Seeker and The Wind Singer, I think.

FoundAChopinLizt Thu 23-May-13 16:48:46

All the Malorie Blackman books, especially Noughts and Crosses.
Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter is still being reread. Our school library and town library are brilliant-I just let them get on with choosing their own.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Fri 24-May-13 22:15:57

A staff member of Waterstones recommended Game of Thrones for a TWELVE year old? hmm
I'd shop elsewhere if I were you!

PomBearWithAnOFRS Fri 24-May-13 22:16:16

oops 13 yr old even

AViewFromTheFridge Fri 24-May-13 22:19:47

I like Frank Cottrell Boyce - 'Cosmic' is brilliant!

ValentineWiggins Fri 24-May-13 22:27:00

The book of Game of Thrones is fine for a 12 year old - if they have a LOT of patience. I probably wouldn't want them watching the TV series though.

Try pretty much anything from the Fantasy part of the Fantasy/Sci Fi section of the bookshop - most of that is suitable from early/mid teens. Try Trudi Canavan, Janny Wurtz, Raymond Feist, David Eddings, Orson Scott Card (Enders Game - really important to read before they see the film). Most Asimov books are OK, and any Heinlein less than 2cm thick. If you can get hold of any of those that is. The Michael Grant (Gone etc) books are brilliant but extremely scary. Obviously Terry Pratchett. John Wyndham (we read The Chrysalids in year 8 or 9 at school).

Or how about Gone with the Wind for a different genre, also Georgette Heyer.

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