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7 Yr old boy, needs some inspiration re: fiction

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rickymummy · 15/02/2011 17:35


My 7 year old boy, with reading age around 9-10 years, is struggling to find fiction books he likes.

He loves Roald Dahl, and quite enjoys Jeremy Strong, but nothing else really grabs him.

He will read non fiction (particularly history and science) until it comes out of his ears, but I am a bit of a loss with fiction. I have tried all the books I read at that age, but he can't stand Enid Blyton and is left a bit cold by C S Lewis (think he's still a bit young). Won't touch Harry Potter.

He says there's nothing left in the school library he wants to read, and brings the same Roald Dahl books home each week (even though he has very well thumbed copies at home).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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rickymummy · 15/02/2011 17:57

Have just read JiltedJohnsJulie thread - should've read it first! Lots of good ideas. x

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Hummingbird2 · 16/02/2011 12:13

I have found (in the primary school where I teach) that boys of this age really love the Beast Quest series by Adam Blade. they will probably have them in his school library or alternatively your local library will probably be able to order them in for you(they don't usually charge for children's orders).

Another possibility is the Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz, very funny and quite a bit of reading for a 7 year old to get stuck into. Also Varjak Paw and its sequel(series about Kung Fu for cats).

If you'd like any more ideas,please feel free to PM me.

Doowrah · 16/02/2011 22:36

Ditto the Beast Quest series, Mr Gum book's which are award winners and hilarious...we are now checking out the Pery Jackson Lightening thief series...hope this helps.

JemimaMop · 16/02/2011 22:38

My boys are 6 and 8 and LOVE Mr Gum. They also enjoy the Terry Deary fiction (as well as the Horrible Histories factual books)

JaneTX · 08/03/2011 14:05

Mr Gum very popular with my 8 year old too, and also the Tribe series by TM Alexander - lovely funny stories about a group of ordinary kids at primary school.

nickelprincess · 08/03/2011 14:07

Gladiator Boy is popular, as well as everything already listed!
Dirty Bertie

wonka · 08/03/2011 14:15

we like John Dougherty, Zeus on the loose etc

haggis01 · 08/03/2011 14:30

Charlie Small Journals, Jake Cake books,Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate.

stressedHEmum · 08/03/2011 16:36

Astrosaurs, Beast Quest, Jake Cake, Jack Stalwart, Artemis Fowl, Captain Underpants, Spy Dog, Cows in Action, Wizards of Droon, Terry Deary Books, Hiccup the Viking, How to Eat Fried Worms and the like, Rotten School, Roman Mysteries, Cliff McNish books, SPiderwicke.

All popular with the boys in here.

ShatnersBassoon · 08/03/2011 16:37

Another vote for Mr Gum.

notcitrus · 08/03/2011 16:38

Willard Price?

I'm told Blyton haters love Arthur Ransome, so could try that?

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