Please can I have any recommendations that you clever people have for my 12yo ds. He’s a voracious reader but needs something new in his Christmas stocking to get his teeth into. Done (and loved) Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Alex Rider series, Hunger Games, Mortal Engines series. He reads David Williams, Diary of a a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates etc for easy reading. Wasn’t so keen on Artemis Foul or Skulduggery. Found Northern Lights boring. Wonder was last year’s hit, he’s just read Kick by Mitch Johnson and is currently on Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I could really do with a new series to set him off on, but I’m a bit stuck. Thanks!
My DS would agree with yours on most of the books he has enjoyed and the ones he didn't like (can't convince him on Northern Lights at all!) DS loved The Enemy series by Charlie Higson - it's about zombies but is aimed at teens so not too graphic or violent. Also Gone series by Michael Grant. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness and The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy.
Thanks for all the ideas - I’ll investigate the Gone series definitely, and I’d forgotten about Divergent although I didn’t like them as much as HG. The Charlie Higson series look good too lucyann - sounds like our boys have similar taste. (I love Northern Lights - hope he’ll grow into it).
My nephew had the same issue and couldn't find a book he liked, so I wrote one. He loved it so much I put it onto Amazon and Kobo as an e-book.
It was a hobby project, but I'm a photojournalist, so know how to write. I probably can't put a link to it as that's against the rules, but do a search for my name: Gavin Parsons and you will find it. It's a fantasy type book in the same sort of genre as Harry Potter (in that it is set in the real world with fantastical elements).
And if your son/daughter can't find a book they like, find out what they do like and think about writing one yourself, or ask a photojournalist uncle lol
At 13 my ds got into Robert Muchamore and eagerly awaited each novel as it came out. There are about 10. He read them all a few times and his friends were all in to them. I have no idea what they are about.
Op has already said he didn't take to His Dark Materials! I have a similar one who is racing through Mallory Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series- seems a bit too old but lots of his class are too. Also the Cherub series. An older sci fi series he loved is the Tripods by John Christopher, which is great.