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Sloegin2 Thu 06-Dec-18 22:41:34

My 9 year old (reluctant reader) has really got into Harry Potter.
He’s got all my books that I saved from when they first came out. Can anyone recommend anything similar that will catch his imagination?

OccasionallyIncomplet Thu 06-Dec-18 22:53:38

Harry Potter could graduate into so many more things!

My first thoughts is Lord of the Rings - although I would start with The Hobbit. It might help if he has already seen the films?

If this is too heavy - then Terry Pratchett (huge range of books) that are just fabulous and some of them extremely funny.

Other ones that spring to mind - (most of them series of books)

Percy Jackson
The 'His Dark Materials' series
Enders Game (Sci-Fi) - there are also multiple sequels.

You might also consider taking him to the Wizarding World of HP just outside London (fab day out) and to the stage show of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is worth seeing?

Ricekrispie22 Sat 08-Dec-18 15:06:26

Chronicles of Narnia
Worldquake series
How to Train Your Dragon
Spiderwick Chronicles
Artemis Fowl
A Series of uNfortunate Events

WaddIelikeapenguin Wed 26-Dec-18 16:13:11

Diana Wynne Jones -

Don’t forget the worst witch younger but very funny
Narnia 😍

SleepWarrior Wed 26-Dec-18 16:15:23

It's of great suggestions above, and I'll add Eragon to the list.

Cooroo Wed 26-Dec-18 17:34:34

Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landry are great and like Potter they get darker as the series go on.

Timeforabiscuit Wed 26-Dec-18 17:37:35

"I am number 4" was a big hit, as well as the "hunger games".

BoogleMcGroogle Thu 27-Dec-18 17:39:12

My 9 YO is really enjoying the Who Let The Gods Out? Series and is a great HP fan.

hels71 Sun 30-Dec-18 17:09:54

The Charlie Bone books by Jenny Nimmo. Also The Crestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones.

BlueChampagne Fri 04-Jan-19 11:37:50

How to Train your Dragon
Maudlin Towers books by Chris Priestley. Imagine Molesworth with artwork by Charles Addams ... (though I'm warned his other stuff is proper scary).
Archie Greene is in the Harry Potter vein

strawberrie Fri 04-Jan-19 11:42:33

Try Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, I loved that one myself and feels influenced by HP - there's a child with a curse, a mysterious evil force..

spiderlight Mon 07-Jan-19 19:02:49

Another vote for Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series.

mrwalkensir Mon 07-Jan-19 19:04:48

Mortal Engines?

PinkOboe Mon 07-Jan-19 19:18:41

The dark us rising trilogy (Susan Cooper)

PinkOboe Mon 07-Jan-19 19:18:48


Needcoffeecoffeecoffee Mon 07-Jan-19 19:22:14

Ds loves Harry Potter and then races through the how to train your dragon had already read the worst witch and is currently enjoying 'the train to impossible places'
The series with 'my brother is a superhero' and the 13 storey tree houses also went down well with his age group
strawberrie I loved nervermoor. I bought it for ds then worried it maybe scary so read it first. There is a new one due in May so hoping the start of many. Only thing is that its a bit of a spoiler if you haven't read the first

purplebunny2012 Mon 07-Jan-19 20:31:19

Darren Shan

mamaduckbone Mon 07-Jan-19 20:37:06

Gregor the Overlander - written by Suzanne Collins who wrote The Hunger Games but for a younger audience. I wouldn’t recommend The Hunger Games for a 9 year old personally.
Percy Jackson - very similar premise to HP but with an Ancient Greek twist.

Beamur Mon 07-Jan-19 20:39:09

I'd also recommend the 'How to train your dragon' series too. Audiobooks voiced by David Tennant too which are great.

genius1308 Mon 07-Jan-19 20:39:21

My 10 year old (reluctant reader) got enthused about reading through the Tom Gates books. This was the first time bed actually chosen to read anything himself and in whizzed theough them in no time. He then moved onto Diary of a Wimpy kid which he really enjoyed (typical boy humour!). He's just finished the Skullduggery Pleasant series, which he loved and also The Spooks. He tried The Hobbit, as he loved the film, but found it hard going and gave up half way through. He's just started The Maze Runner series which he is enjoying but he said it is a bit more difficult than the other books he's read.

CasanovaFrankenstein Tue 08-Jan-19 14:54:42

Second the Dark is Rising sequence and also The Giant in the Snow. Also as PP said, the Worldquake series, I’ve read Dragon’s Green and it was excellent.

Philip Pullman - various titles including Sally Lockhart series.

Jonathan Stroud - not sure if this might be a bit too scary for now but Bartimaeus and Lockwood series are great. They are scary though!!!!

imip Tue 08-Jan-19 15:05:01

Yy to Percy Jackson and also try Alex Rider. Dd also love Nevermoor and mortal Engines as mentioned above.

LuggsaysNotaWomen Tue 08-Jan-19 15:11:22

The Sea of Trolls trilogy - mythical and funny (better writing than HP IMO too).

strawberrypenguin Tue 08-Jan-19 15:20:28

Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Starts with Magyk

Limaloma1 Mon 14-Jan-19 22:16:42

My 10 year old loved Harry potter, he enjoyed The Hobbit and is reading Lord of the Rings at school. He said The lord of the Rings has been quite hard to get into though compared to The Hobbit.

Bought my DS the set of Alex Rider books and he wouldn't even look at themhmm

I read on here about The Ranger's Apprentice series being a good book series to read. My DS judged the book by its cover and didn't want to read it, so i started reading to him a couple of chapters a night. By chapter 5 he took book away and finished it in a couple of days! He is just waiting for the 4th book to arrive from Ebay now. I wish he wasn't so hard to find books he might enjoy.

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