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Like hetty feather - with a love story too - and not so sad

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BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 20:42:30

So ds (9) has just read the first three hetty feather books. He enjoyed them (he loves history) but found them a bit sad.

He told me he wants a book that has a love story. I think he wants a happy ending - not mills and boon or anything!! He is very naive so nothing too 'love'

Any suggestions??

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 22:18:51


Stickerrocks Tue 05-Apr-16 22:52:55

Hmmmm. Doing as told from the other thread & pondering on your behalf.

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 22:56:14

Thanks sticker!

I am a little flummoxed and could only come up with the Anne of green gables set. Sent him off to bed with a book on the Cold War while I thought about it!!

Stickerrocks Tue 05-Apr-16 23:03:14

Michael Murpago books sprung to mind, but some of them have sad endings. Private Peaceful is a great story with first love thrown in, but it's very poignant. I'd suggest you read it yourself first to see what he would think.

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 23:06:02

Yes he's read that. And he likes MM but said the problem with the books is that they make him feel sad!

He is a bit down at the moment so it would be good to find him something uplifting!!

It's almost the equivalent of me needing something to cheer me up after listening to the archers atm!!

Stickerrocks Tue 05-Apr-16 23:11:35

For something a bit different, take a look at Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale. I'm struggling on the love story bit, because when DD was 9 she was obsessed with Young Sherlock, Young Bond and Theodore Boon type books.

Paperm0ver Tue 05-Apr-16 23:12:48

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BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 23:14:53

Thank you both! I will look at these.

When I say love story it is only a side story not the story iyswim

So in one book the fiancé gets killed in ww1. He would like a book where the love interest doesn't die!!

Fink Tue 05-Apr-16 23:18:20

Another one coming over from TA thread, as instructed!

As a disclaimer, I don't have a ds and have never been a 9 year old boy ... how about Noel Streatfeild? Or The Secret Garden. Most of the proper history (as opposed to just old) kids books I can think of are quite grim, so no help there. Not really in the categories you've suggested, but maybe Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl, his autobiographies.

PerspicaciaTick Tue 05-Apr-16 23:18:41

Would he like the LIttle House on the Prairie series?
He might like "Spidersweb for Two" if you can find a secondhand copy around.
The Sword in the Stone is a bit different and might get him into Arthurian legends.

Fink Tue 05-Apr-16 23:19:35

Sorry, took so long to type on phone that x post over Noel Streatfeild.

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 23:20:40

I don't think the fact he's a boy should restrict choices - jetty feather books are deemed for girls as I understand it!!

We have the secret garden on the shelf so might migrate it to his bedside table. He's read the Dahl.

I guess the problem is that he doesn't like fantasy and reads a lot of non fiction

Even the two David Willian's he read left him sad due to deaths!!

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 23:21:43

That's ok fink - all suggestions very welcome!

He does have Arthurian books so I will migrate those as well!!

PerspicaciaTick Tue 05-Apr-16 23:25:38

The Secret Garden is very uplifting if he can get passed the first chapter or two.
What about Swallows and Amazons?

BYOSnowman Tue 05-Apr-16 23:27:19

He didn't take to it.

He's at a junction where he is beginning to understand adult relationships without understanding them at all iyswim! I wonder if that's what he wants the book for - to try and answer some questions!!

RosaliesGinBottle Wed 06-Apr-16 08:30:27

The Owl Service? It's all complicated FEELZ and Welsh history and myth and owls.

Margaret Mahy generally - The Changeover perhaps?

I'm better at fantasy recs than history tbh. I guess Georgette Heyer isn't his style, although she is very accurate! He might enjoy The Grand Sophy or the ones set in Spain and Waterloo - A Most Infamous Army, The Spanish Bride. Last named has the fab love story of Sir Harry Smith and his brave and lovely Spanish wife, plus Peninsular battles.

RosaliesGinBottle Wed 06-Apr-16 08:31:36

(I believe Sandringham sets Heyer as recommended reading for Waterloo, so boys do read her books!)

RosaliesGinBottle Wed 06-Apr-16 08:32:16

Edit: Sandhurst obvs not 'ham. Coffee not in yet.

BYOSnowman Wed 06-Apr-16 08:39:44

Thanks - I will look at these too

I'm not sure it has to be history just more 'real' rather than fantasy. He really enjoyed Holes by Louis Sachar for example.

He's not bothered by a book being for girls

madamehooch Wed 06-Apr-16 15:47:14

How about Saffy's Angel?

Paperm0ver Wed 06-Apr-16 17:17:07

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BYOSnowman Wed 06-Apr-16 18:37:49

Thanks for suggestions - will look at them with ds!

Sadik Sun 10-Apr-16 16:38:22

Has he read any Eva Ibbotson? Journey to the River Sea is lovely - no romance exactly IIRC, but the developing friendship between two of the characters is an important part of the plot.
And I'd second the Casson Family series starting with Saffy's Angel, again no romance but lovely real life stories that deal a lot with relationships, friendship, family dynamics (as well as having excellent plots!).

drspouse Sun 10-Apr-16 19:12:37

Sally Lockhart series? May be a bit too old yet but worth a look.

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