The James Bonds are good, but maybe a bit adult for an 8 year old - depends on him really Foo. Ds who is nine loves Charlie Higson but I do think they are not universally approved of at this age Has he read Spy Dog, Grrk and Varjak Paw already yet?
Duh! Percy Jackson. Those are fantastic! Ds has whizzed through the series so far and is busy resenting Rick Riordan for not getting another published quickly enough. Muchamore/Cherub series definitely needs vetting by you Foo IMO. They are extremely good reads but the language is fairly strong and the covers say notsuitableforyoungerchildren. Ds likes them but he is the only person in his class reading them, I notice. So it all hinges on whether you and ds think of him as younger or not . Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) and Michelle Paver have also gone down well, so to continue the genre hopping, ds likes The Edge Chronicles a lot too.
Oh yes, Michelle Paver: definitely. The first one is Wolf Brother
I'd also echo Marina wrt caution over Cherub series. I am the last person to suggest censoring books, but these are pretty hard hitting. ds1 started reading them aged 10, but at my school it's usually the 13+ boys who are reading Cherub. The author suggests that there's nothing in his books that's worse than an episode of Eastenders, so if you're happy for your children to watch Eastenders, you should be fine. It doesn't work for us as dss don't watch EE, and I wouldn't want them watching at this age!
ds2 is 9 and I haven't steered him in the direction of Cherub: there are plenty of fantastic books around which are less explicit, rough and raw.
Sorry, real life intervened just after I started this thread! You're all brilliant.
He's done grk and V paw, also the Michelle paver books - loved them all.
Have looked at young Bond and they seem a bit old for him to be honest - they seem quite knowing and sophisticated. He also has a really vivid imagination (and sometimes has to have 10 mins with a beano after A Rider before he goes to sleep as they set his mind racing!)
Those Percy Books look just the ticket though - will also have a look at the other horowitz.
Presume he's done Harry Potter? I haven't ventured to Alex Rider for our 8yo yet on the advice of a friend with slightly older boys but she did recommend the Eoin Colfer series (Artemis Fowl). You could also go back to some classics - Dick King Smith and the like.