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What do you think are the best recently released kids books

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Brightredstar · 27/05/2011 11:47

What do you think are the best recently released kids books ? I am looking for something new and preferably not to do with vampires for the 9 - 12 age range or early teens. Any suggestions. Everything seems to be smothered in vampires and depressed looking girls at the moment. Grin

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Brightredstar · 29/05/2011 14:48

Fantastic i have a great new list of books. Has anyone read Guantanamo Boy ? What do you think of it ?

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feralgirl · 29/05/2011 14:59

Guantanamo Boy was good, but it did feel like I was being taught iyswim. That said, I learnt a lot from reading it!

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joshandjamie · 29/05/2011 16:29

Might be too young for 9 - 12s but the Mr Gum books are hilariously funny (for little boys anyway)

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Brightredstar · 29/05/2011 16:58

thanks feralgirl I will read it first.

love Mr Gum Smile

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smileANDwave2000 · 29/05/2011 17:32

all three of the books by david walliams
Mr Stink
Billionaire boy
boy in a red dress

they are good for boys or girls this age

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Brightredstar · 29/05/2011 18:11
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mummymeister · 29/05/2011 19:25

My sisters a vampire is a favourite of my 11 yr old girl but it is funny not depressing and there are several in the series to follow. My girls also loved Mallory Towers - not very PC but hey ho. Also, Mallory Blackman noughts and crosses trilogy. They also have enjoyed classics which are worth re-visiting like Golden Compass and walkabout.

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AlfalfaMum · 29/05/2011 19:49

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is good. I think there are about 15 of them, my dd1 really enjoyed them

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SecretSpi · 30/05/2011 07:15

"Frozen in Time" by Ali Sparkes is very good.
The "Tom Trueheart" books by Ian Beck are great for the younger end of the age range.

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FoofffyShmoofffer · 30/05/2011 11:34

I second (or third) the Skullduggery Pleasant stories. Yes they have Vampires and Zombies but not in an angsty an intense way. They also have amazing, strong, kick ass female characters.

DS loved the Wimpy Kid books.

Also Jiggy McCue. Really funny, down to earth stuff.

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aethelfleda · 30/05/2011 19:12

If your dd is on the mature side then another good trilogy is Uglies/Pretties/Specials trio by scott westerfield.

The basic story is of a dystopian future society where at the age of 16 everybody gets "prettified", turning them
Into a plastic surgeried party obsessive (and thus stopping them from harbouring desires to actually run stuff/revolt). There's no sex in it, though a few kisses in the my-first-boyfriend vein. The protagonist starts off "ugly" and runs away from the operation... Sort of...

Well worth a look if you think they can cope with the subject matter.

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generalhaig · 31/05/2011 10:50

Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series is brilliant

He's now writing a prequel series which is just as good

It's a fantastically well-realised world which is beautifully written - the kind of book which can be enjoyed by adults as well as older children/teens

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zeus123 · 31/05/2011 20:58

Ingo series by Helen Dunmore (four books) Dd is reading it and thoroughly enjoying it.

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