Hi, sorry if this has come up before but a boy we know (not very well though) is soon to be nine and I would like to get him a book for his birthday. Any ideas/recommendations. I looked at Captain Underpants but wasn't sure if it was too young... it is in the 5-8 grouping on Amazon. I also looked at Jenny Nimmo and Jenny Oldfield but didn't have a clue really as I don't know any nine year olds.
Horowitz: Stormbreaker is the first Alex Rider book that YG mentioned.
If you don't know him that well, how about getting him a book token and saying you thought about getting XXX, but you weren't sure what he liked? Or ask his parents what he likes?
My ds1 has a list of about 8 books being published this year that he can't wait to read. He's a keen reader, but would be quite disappointed if someone went out and bought something 'inappropriate' for him, when he has this stack that he's waiting to read iyswim.
Some of his peers would be pretty disappointed with a book tbh, but don't let that put you off!
Ds loved anything by Roald Dahl at that age, also all the Narnia books and the Willard Price 'Amazon Adventure' type of stories. He was also quite keen on The Famous Five, though I guess they might be a bit old-fashioned now. What about 'Horrible Histories?' They can be quite fun to read.
Thank you everyone for replying, that is really helpful.
I will probably steer clear of Narnia, Harry Potter, etc. as maybe they are too well known and he is likely to have them already. Roisin, I always give kids books for presents and try and choose something good but maybe not so well known - so he's no choice there, I'm afraid!
Now I know you are all so helpful, there will be no peace!! I will be on here asking for recommendations for all ages every time there is a birthday!! Thank you again!