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Madonnaslonglostbeautyspot Wed 03-Jul-19 19:16:12

I am looking for a mystery or crime series or stand alone book to suit a fairly decent 10 year old. He loves stuff like this... but it has got to REALLY grip him... cliffhangers and excitement etc . anyone got any suggestions?

Witchend Wed 03-Jul-19 22:29:34

I assume you've done Alex Rider?
Cherub Series may also suit, but check them first as they've got bits in not all 10yos would cope with.

Skinandbones Wed 03-Jul-19 22:33:13

Virals by Brendon Reich are quite good. Time riders by Alec Scarow, both have a little syfy in them.

Madonnaslonglostbeautyspot Thu 04-Jul-19 03:10:48

Thank you - looked at Alex Ryder but hadn’t thought about the Cherub series. Will look at the Virals as well . Thank you so much both of you.

Atleastihavethecat Thu 04-Jul-19 03:32:03

Skullduggery Pleasant series. Mysterious, and hilarious

Ricekrispie22 Thu 04-Jul-19 05:07:54

A Series of a Unfortunate Events
Artemis Fowl
The Last Chance Hotel
The Darkness of Dragons
The Heroes of Olympus

Madonnaslonglostbeautyspot Fri 05-Jul-19 05:42:33

Thank you - these suggestions are really helpful. 😊

FreeFreesia Mon 08-Jul-19 17:20:04

Chase by Barclay Linwood
Theodore Boone by John Grisham

PopGoesTheWeaz Wed 17-Jul-19 10:23:36

Phillip Pullman does a detective series - Sally Lockheart. I enjoyed them.

Skulduggery Pleasant has gone down a treat with my DCs. I thought not my cup of tea when I saw them reading them but then realised they are basically the YA version of the Rivers of London series which I love. :D

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 25-Jul-19 07:08:30

DD has been reading two sets from the book people. one is shapeshifters (I think that is the name of it) and the other one is codebreakers. will see if i can find links. I haven't really looked at them so not sure if they are what you are looking for but she is 11 and very hard to get her to read, she has really got into these and been sitting up late reading them.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 25-Jul-19 07:14:15

ok the Shapeshifter ones are by Ali Sparkes

and the other ones were called Secret Breakers by Helen Dennis

SavoyCabbage Thu 25-Jul-19 07:16:52

My dd read Agatha Christy books that,she discovered in the library. They aren’t too gruesome as they are old and they are proper whodunnits. Some are better than others of course.

imsorryiasked Thu 25-Jul-19 07:23:35

this set from Bear Grylls was surprisingly good.
Young Sherlock
Code Red series by Chris Ryan (check not too old)
Young Bond series by Charlie Higson

imsorryiasked Thu 25-Jul-19 07:25:16

@Madonnaslonglostbeautyspot just realised this is an older thread so there are lots of suggestions above which you may not have seen.

Madonnaslonglostbeautyspot Thu 25-Jul-19 08:40:41

Ooooh!! You’re right imsorryiasked! Thanks so much to you and the other posters. I will enjoy having a look at these.

Paddingtonthebear Thu 25-Jul-19 08:43:36

I would be interested in similar suggestions but for a 6yr old!

imsorryiasked Thu 25-Jul-19 12:13:46

@Paddingtonthebear bear grylls has a series for younger readers too this one
Also the spy dog series (There are spy pups and spy cats ones too!)
And the Jack stalwart series kept us going for a while. Just watch out for the reissued covers as there are several cover versions of the same story.

EmCamB Sat 27-Jul-19 08:24:26

I suggest -
Secret Lake by Karen Inglis
Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes - stretch but worth trying
Sean Yeager Hunters Hunted
Artemis Fowl 1st book
Percy Jackson 1st book
Harry Potter 1st book

RubySlippers77 Sun 18-Aug-19 23:22:43

Helen Moss books?

The Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tombs series are both good!

RubySlippers77 Mon 19-Aug-19 21:41:22

The Time Riders series is also entertaining!

Verite1 Sun 15-Sep-19 22:51:45

Has he read the London eye mystery and the Guggenheim mystery!

BlueChampagne Mon 16-Sep-19 12:25:46

Ruby Redfort?

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