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Fantasy/horror for 11yo who prefers books shorter than HP?

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vikjul Mon 16-Nov-15 07:45:15

Looking for book recommendations for my niece (almost 11) who likes fantasy/horror (and loves Harry Potter) but only made it through 1,5 Harry Potter books. She doesn't like girly/romance type books and is also not interested in detective/adventure stories such as Famous Five.

My own ds10 loves the John Stephens trilogy (Emerald Atlas etc) but these would be too advanced for my niece's reading level/patience, as would eg The Hunger Games. So something with shorter chapters but not at the expense of good exciting/thrilling stories.

My ds has suggested John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series as a potentially good fit, but I would love more ideas! Any suggestions?

BlueChampagne Mon 16-Nov-15 13:30:15

Fantasy not horror: has she read The Dark is Rising or Wolves of Willoughby Chase? Not quite such huge fat books, but just as exciting.

LBOCS2 Mon 16-Nov-15 13:31:44

Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series? It's fantasy with scary bits, slightly more manageable size than HP.

gleam Mon 16-Nov-15 13:40:23

The Dark is Rising
Power of Three
Eight Days of Luke
The Ogre Downstairs.

momb Mon 16-Nov-15 13:45:27


BlueChampagne Mon 16-Nov-15 16:24:49

Alan Garner: The Owl Service; Weirdstone of Brisingamen

BlueChampagne Mon 16-Nov-15 16:26:45

Roman Mysteries any good?

Whatevva Mon 16-Nov-15 16:27:42

Terry Pratchett (especially the Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents grin )
Artemis Fowl books

ottothedog Mon 16-Nov-15 16:33:52

Darren shan is v good for this type of reader. The zom-b series is almost all out now so she could start on that and get to read the last one as it is published. They are released individually (12 in series) then in 3s (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) so getting the individual ones might be better. He has done quite a few other series in the same format

TillITookAnArrowToTheKnee Mon 16-Nov-15 16:34:45

Anything by Darren Shan.

ottothedog Mon 16-Nov-15 16:34:47

Also neil gaiman books aimed at that age group?

CoteDAzur Mon 16-Nov-15 16:35:07

Percy Jackson series

Warrior Cats series

vikjul Mon 16-Nov-15 16:43:08

Brilliant! Thank you all, off to research all these suggestions!

madamehooch Tue 17-Nov-15 19:44:07


Elllicam Tue 17-Nov-15 19:47:57

Most by Diana Wynne Jones, amazing author.

mrsmortis Wed 18-Nov-15 16:15:48

How about The Tripods?

The seventh tower books or the Mister Monday books by Garth Nix.

And if you know London quite well there is a trilogy starting with a book called Stone Heart that is set in London which she might like because she'll be able to identify all the locations.

BlueChampagne Thu 19-Nov-15 13:51:09

HP Lovecraft?

emmaMBC Mon 23-Nov-15 16:10:44

Have you seen Circus of the Unseen? That should fit the bill!

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Mon 23-Nov-15 16:17:20

Yep, Darren Shan would be good for horror - Cirque du Freak is the series I've read.

For a standalone fantasy I love The House on Falling Star Hill.

She'd probably like The Witch Trade series too.

notmynameohno Mon 23-Nov-15 18:02:44

Skullduggery Pleasant series
Infinity Drake series
Horowitz Horror 9 short stories by Anthony Horowitz

DoctorTwo Mon 23-Nov-15 19:17:04

There are two books about an 11 yo called Samuel Johnson by John Connolly which are very age appropriate and quite amusing, and one by the same author called The Book Of Lost Things which is still age appropriate but is much darker.

vikjul Mon 23-Nov-15 19:23:47

Thank you, will look these up!

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