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Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 10:29:21

As the title says, I'm running out of books for my 10 year old boy. Santa normally brings a good selection but right now I'm flummoxed!
Terry Pratchett read
Micheal c Scott read
Lord of the rings read
Hunger games read
Harry potter read
Didn't like swallows and Amazon's
Alex rider
Skull duggery
Greek mythology

You get the idea!
Any recommendations please?

I also have a 12 year old daughter who likes fantasy, fiction, and happy ever after.
We tend to alternate between Waterstones, Kindle and the library. I'm beyond thrilled I have two avid readers but have no idea what next.
Thanks in advance!

AjasLipstick Sat 27-Oct-18 10:44:49

American classics like Huckleberry Fin and Tom Sawyer?

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 10:49:47

Thanks, he's read huckleberry Finn and want that keen. I found a possible suggestion on another thread but please keep the suggestions coming

PersonaNonGarter Sat 27-Oct-18 10:50:41

Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 10:52:39

Anything by Diana Wynne Jones.

Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy.

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 10:53:06

Again he's read them, once he gets his hands on a series he likes he gets lost in them. Just looking into the time riders now I hadn't hear of those

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 10:54:22

My daughter adores Diana Wynne Jones, Santa brought the collection last year!

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 10:54:41

Also some adult sci-fi (best is probably sci-fi from the mid twentieth century if you don't want too much violence). I was a fan of Robert Heinlein and Andre Norton at that age (end of primary/ start of secondary).

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 10:56:01

Glad to find another D Wynne Jones fan, Power of Three was my all time favourite book as a young teen and its my DD's all time fave too.

DonkeyPunch88 Sat 27-Oct-18 10:56:18

My 11 year old is working his way through the goosebumps series at the moment

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 10:57:55

I wish Mumsnet had a thanks button!

Grumpbum123 Sat 27-Oct-18 10:58:08

Animals of farthing woods collection I loved those around that sort of age
I’m guessing that they’ve read the warrior cats books too

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 10:59:04

He might enjoy some old fashioned mystery novels eg Wilkie Collins. Most adult mystery/crime fiction probably a bit dodgy at this age (though my daughter read some of the game of thrones books at 12 )

Justbackfromnewwine Sat 27-Oct-18 11:00:04

My 10yo has got really into Agatha Christie so maybe try that?
Has he done the Lemony Snicket series?

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 11:01:04

Watership Down? I enjoyed it but my DD hated it, your mileage may vary...

Seeline Sat 27-Oct-18 11:06:08

12 yo Mallory Blackman - noughts and crosses series, Phillip Pullman - Sally Lockhart series.
10 yo Charlie Higson - Young James Bond series
Either might enjoy Agatha Christie, John Buchan.

Seeline Sat 27-Oct-18 11:06:54

My DD also loves books by Frances Hardinge

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 11:09:34

Thanks for all the suggestions, any suggestions for my daughter? She loved Diana Wynne Jones as I said, has re-read Harry potter at least a dozen times read alot of the books my son read but prefers magic and happy!

1busybee Sat 27-Oct-18 11:09:48

Young Sherlock, time riders, Steve backshall.

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 11:12:27

Patricia C Wrede might be worth looking at for your daughter, can't say whether age appropriate for a 12 year old because my dd read them when much younger. I haven't read them but this sort of young adult fantasy tends to have a wide age appeal.

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 11:14:14

Has she read the earthsea trilogy? A bit darker maybe but I think has a similar appeal to HP.

Chocolatedeficitdisorder Sat 27-Oct-18 11:15:31

At 12 (early 80s) I was reading all the James Herriot books, which were set in the 40s/50s. They were so well-written that I loved them. I think I had also moved onto Diana Gabaldon and Catherine Cookson books by then too. I think I gained an enormous amount of general knowledge from leaving children's books behind at that age.

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 11:16:27

Patricia C Wrede a definite contender!
She's read Earth sea thanks.

Tinty Sat 27-Oct-18 11:17:51

If he likes Alex Rider, try Agent 21 by Chris Ryan. But be careful because Chris Ryan writes books for Adults it is only the Agent 21 series for Children.

MissLingoss Sat 27-Oct-18 11:22:18

E. Nesbit - for both of them?
Sherlock Holmes?
Classic adventure such as John Buchan?
I was also going to suggest The Riddle of the Sands, but if he doesn't like Swallows & Amazons, he probably won't like that.

For the fantasy lover, David Eddings The Belgariad series? It's adult, but from memory I don't think there's anything inappropriate for a 12yo in it.

If she likes crime/mystery, some of Agatha Christie's standalones have young woman heroines and are quite good fun. The Man in the Brown Suit or They Came to Baghdad, for example.

FadedPage is a Canadian site which has books that are out of copyright in Canada freely available. I don't think there"s anything Adult-Rated there, so you could let them browse. Some of the books there aren't copyright free in the UK, but if they find something they like, you can always buy it.

There's also Project Gutenberg for free stuff, but it's much bigger, so not so easy to navigate, and I'm not sure whether there's adult stuff on there.

OhFlipMama Sat 27-Oct-18 11:22:59

Very similar in my house! Currently the Darren Shan vampire series is going down a treat.

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 11:23:10

Like chocolatedeficitdisorder I think you could also consider adult books. Depends how mature she is and how easily shocked you are but my son (now 15) read Pillars of the Earth a couple of years ago. Ken Follet has written a lot of historical novels which would be OK for a teenager IMO and they have the blockbuster / series appeal of HP and are very easy reading.

CantSleepClownsWillEatMe Sat 27-Oct-18 11:25:21

Rick Riordans Heroes of Olympus series
The Artemis Fowl books (8 in the series I think)
The Mysterious Benedict Society

CantSleepClownsWillEatMe Sat 27-Oct-18 11:26:05

^ For the 10 year old.

NoodleEatingPoodle Sat 27-Oct-18 11:32:28


Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 11:50:52

All Rick Riordan covered
Artemis Fowl covered
Darren Shan he gets from the library
I've read a few Ken follett myself, not a bad idea.
Jack reacher is another possibility.
My daughter reads James Herriot on her Kindle when she's nothing else left!
Once again thanks for all the suggestions.
Honestly, not a boastful post 3 of us are keen readers it's just my husband that doesn't read in this house!

PerspicaciaTick Sat 27-Oct-18 11:54:14

You could try the Jasper Fforde Jane Eyre series, about the police force that solves literary crimes (because literary characters are real). Or he has also written some YA books I think. No sex or violence.

PerspicaciaTick Sat 27-Oct-18 11:55:32

Sorry that should have said Thursday Next series, I think the first is called The Eyre Affair. Just having a moment blush

MissLingoss Sat 27-Oct-18 12:18:14

The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. Steampunk fantasy.
If she likes romance, Georgette Heyer. Nothing explicit in her books.

In a few years' time they both might like Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. I think 10 and 12 is too young to appreciate them fully. Maybe at 14/15.

GreenDinosaur Sat 27-Oct-18 12:55:20

The Whitby Witches trilogy by Robin Jarvis is brilliant! 

roundthehorn Sat 27-Oct-18 13:10:38

All my girls loved The Moomins, read to them as littlies and then self read over and over as preteens, beautifully written.
Dodie Smith. She may be a little young for I Capture the Castle, but 101 Dalmations is not a babyish book.
Agatha Christie.
Judith Kerr's books for older readers are just as captivating as the Mog books she wrote for young children.
Some of Jodi Picoult's books may be suitable for your daughter but you would probably want to have a quick read before you pass them on. Not "high literature" but she's a good storyteller and her books are very readable.

Do you have a local library? Any half decent librarian would love the chance to help both your children find new authors.

Cherries101 Sat 27-Oct-18 13:12:48

You mentioned he’s read all of those books but what is his comprehension like? To be honest I would be asking him to give me a 5 minute book presentation of each book he’s read.

duplodancer Sat 27-Oct-18 13:13:36

David Eddings? I read the Belgarath and Mallorean when I was 11 and then the whole series another 14 times again after that.
Totally captured my imagination..

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 13:14:30

E. Nesbit - for both of them?

V old fashioned but I loved the "Five children and it" trilogy. It's kind of science fantasy so could well appeal to them both. (Personally I didn't like any of her other books).

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 13:16:21

I'd avoid the Jack Reacher books, horribly written and quite violent. I'm not against young teens reading adult stuff but this has very little merit ... tbh I'd rather mine read Rebus.

duplodancer Sat 27-Oct-18 13:16:45

It's not just about comprehension- it's about pleasure! Please don't make him give a presentation on every book. 😱 One way to stop him enjoying reading.

Panicmode1 Sat 27-Oct-18 13:17:26

I have the same problem, but particularly with my 8 year old - and his comprehension is amazing. He retains information like a sponge and then discusses and retells the story - so I'm currently having to listen to all of the Heros of Olympus series being retold and discussed in finite detail! The Harry Potter series was particularly painful because he's child number four and so I knew them in fairly minute detail in any case!

We are currently reading A Charmed Life and other recent favourites have been Tom's Midnight Garden, Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Charlotte Sometimes, Goodnight Mr Tom, Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Sword, Once and Future King......

Will check the thread for others I've missed!

Mistigri Sat 27-Oct-18 13:20:42

Both of them might like Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mysteries. They are short but there are an awful lot of them!

Oh and Christian Jacq for ancient Egyptian mysteries. Mine read these in French (are bilingual) but I assume they exist in English. I've read quite a few of these, they are not too explicit and they are good fun.

VickieCherry Sat 27-Oct-18 13:24:24

Hitchhiker's Guide for the boy? And there are lots of dragon series he could get into, I can't remember names now but I loved them at his age.

For the girl, I'd also suggest some Jodi Picot, and perhaps magic realism, Joanne Harris, Angela Carter, Jessie Burton? They may be a little old for her now but definitely in the next couple of years.

Please don't ask for a five minute presentation on a book. They will take in what they can understand, the rest will go over their heads but they can re-read in later years and get more from it.

Pigletpoglet Sat 27-Oct-18 13:34:21

Redwall series - loads of them and my DD adored them at 9 and still reads them now at nearly 13.
Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Snow Spider trilogy
Indian in the Cupboard trilogy
Shapeshifter series by Ali Sparkes
Dragons of Pern
Inheritance Cycle

Also our absolute favourite at this age was Junie B Jones, which is about a 5 yr old American girl. I'm sure it doesn't sound interesting for a 10 yr old boy, but it made me cry laughing...

Mytupenceworth Sat 27-Oct-18 14:13:23

Thanks for all the fantastic suggestions, there's bound to be something there for both of them.
Regards comprehension, no issues what so ever. Every book is read, understood, sometimes questioned and frequently discussed, particularly if they've both read the same book.
We had this amazing librarian who spent ages with them discussing books and asking them their thoughts on something he might have recommended but unfortunately he's moved on.
I find Waterstones particularly good for recommendations too I must say for them and for me.
I'm currently reading one now called the seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Thanks again to everyone!

PhilODox Sun 28-Oct-18 09:56:40

For DD I recommend the Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeves.

For DS, what about Alan Snow's books, Here be Monsters and Worse things Happen.

PhilODox Sun 28-Oct-18 09:58:08

Also Michelle Paver series- gods and monsters, and for older ones Wolf Brother.

Witchend Sun 28-Oct-18 12:00:04

Ds is just 11yo and in the last year he's read:
Cherub (check first, as there are a few bits in them that need explaining. We read those together)
Geoffrey Trease Bannermere series
All of James Herriot (convinced him not to be a vet grin])
Daughter of Time (Josephine Tey)
Swish of the curtain series (he read the first ages ago, but only just got the others)
The Pinhoe Egg
Box of Delights
Just started Marston Baines series by Malcolm Saville

UrbaneSprawl Sun 28-Oct-18 13:35:31

Many good suggestions above (Witchend always good to see “Swish of the Curtain” getting a mention!)

Rosemary Sutcliffe (“Eagle of the Ninth”, etc.) is good if the historical setting appeals.

Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart quartet are solid Victorian detective novels, which I really rate.

If you can find Clive King’s “The Sound of Propellers”, it’s a great WW2-era adventure story. Similarly, Robert Westall might be worth a look (“Blitzcat”, “The Machine Gunners” etc.)

PhilODox Sun 28-Oct-18 13:45:54

I will look for the Clive King myself, urbane- Stig of the Dump is one of my DS' favourite books ever. I didn't realise King had written any others.

MatchsticksForMyEyesReturns Sun 28-Oct-18 13:49:35

DD10 is enjoying the 39 Clues series. Each one is written by a different author, but the same story. First one by Rick Riordan.

tootstastic Sun 28-Oct-18 13:55:49

DD really enjoying the Sophie Cleverly lost twin series. 5 books so should keep your DD busy for a while.

onemouseplace Mon 29-Oct-18 13:02:15

Another recommendation of David Eddings The Belgariad followed by the Mallorean for your DD if she likes fantasy - I first got into them at 12 and couldn't put them down.

Also Tamora Pierce - The Song of the Lionness Quartet is a good start.

I also got into Anne McCaffery's Pern series when I was about the same age - Dragonflight is the first one.

Aurea Mon 29-Oct-18 13:07:32

Anything by Rick Riordan.

PerspicaciaTick Mon 29-Oct-18 15:09:53

Just to add, there is absolutely no reason why Hitchhikers Guide wouldn't be suitable for a girl as well as a boy.

VickieCherry Mon 29-Oct-18 15:33:56

@PerspicaciaTick Obviously it would be, yes. I am after all a woman recommending it, who has read and enjoyed it many times wink It just seemed like an obvious omission from the list of books he'd already read.

ShinyElena Tue 30-Oct-18 20:49:26

DS (also 10) thinks Soman Chainani's School for Good and Evil is the best series ever.

Mytupenceworth Wed 31-Oct-18 10:34:16

Once again thanks to everyone who posted, alot here to investigate. Shiny my dad loves, loves loves the school for good and evil. Next one due to be realised next March!

Mytupenceworth Wed 31-Oct-18 11:18:51

That should read DD! Blasted phone

ShinyElena Wed 31-Oct-18 14:54:41

Waves to Mytupenceworth

I am also grateful for all the book suggestions.

NotAnotherJaffaCake Wed 31-Oct-18 15:00:56

He's not far off Wheel of Time age - I started them first year of senior school. Fantasy epic, 14-odd volumes, should keep him going for a bit grin

ShinyElena Wed 31-Oct-18 15:16:57

Junior Shiny here:
The kane chronicles is an amazing book
The internal devices really good quality

BertrandRussell Wed 31-Oct-18 15:21:24

Agatha Christie
Sherlock Holmes
Georgette Heyer
Anne Mccaffery.

All very popular with me two “advanced readers”
Or “readers” as I prefer to call them.

BertrandRussell Wed 31-Oct-18 15:22:15

Correction. The boy reader did not care for Georgette Heyer.........grin

Jfw82 Wed 31-Oct-18 15:35:51

Tamera Pierce. - either song of lioness or circle of magic quartets to start off with
Dark is rising sequence - Susan Cooper
Magician - Raymond feist (loads more books to follow if that one is liked)
I agree with whoever mentioned David eddings - the belgariad is a great start on his books

Sadik Wed 31-Oct-18 21:21:24

Insignia trilogy by SJ Kincaid (YA sci-fi)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman for your fantasy lover
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (Napoleonic wars + dragons) for either - long series, aimed at adults but really harmless & fine for a 10 y/o.
Ingo Chronicles by Helen Dunmore (more fantasy)

Sadik Wed 31-Oct-18 21:23:23

Assume both have read the Mortal Engines series? (Not Mortal Instruments - latter more for 12+ than 10)

Sadik Wed 31-Oct-18 21:26:05

Though that reminds me of the Magisterium series (Holly Black / Cassandra Clare) which again would be good for either 10 or 12 year old (more proto-wizards at magic school, but pretty good all the same).

CaptainCarp Wed 31-Oct-18 21:28:15

I used to love the Redwall series by Brian Jacques when I was that age. If you don't think your son will like them your daughter might as they are fantasy.

Dementedswan Wed 31-Oct-18 21:36:23

When I was 10 I loved Mrs frisby and the rats of nimbh, watership down, just William, chalet school, misty, stormy mistys foal.

BasiliskStare Thu 01-Nov-18 04:08:54

Something by Leon Garfield ? I'd give that a go.

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