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Any book suggestions for DS (9yrs) and dd (11yrs) ?

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JaneZane · 07/05/2014 07:05

Both are good/able readers.

DS (9yrs)loved:
Diamond brother series by Anthony Horowitz (but didn't much like Alex Ryder series)
Percy Jackson series
Wimpy kid and Tom Gates (although they are too easy now - he still re-reads them though)

Dd (11yrs) loved:
Wonder by RJ Palacio (think this has been read multiple times!)
Harry Potter (all)
Lady Grace mysteries
Percy Jackson Series
Cath Cassidy
Lemony Snicket (all)

I want some challenging but fun books for them both. Any suggestions?
Thanks Thanks

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Nerf · 07/05/2014 07:10

Ds (11) has just become really interested in The water babies by Charles Kingsley! After wimpy kid, David Waliams, mr gum, beast quest etc. and a book of Shakespeare's stories (kind of short versions)

InMySpareTime · 07/05/2014 07:19

The Strangeling's Tale would likely suit them both, each chapter is a stand-alone story but the stories all converge at the end. Great reviews on Amazon too.

InMySpareTime · 07/05/2014 07:19

The Strangeling's Tale would likely suit them both, each chapter is a stand-alone story but the stories all converge at the end. Great reviews on Amazon too.

InMySpareTime · 07/05/2014 07:20

The Strangeling's Tale would likely suit them both, each chapter is a stand-alone story but the stories all converge at the end. Great reviews on Amazon too.

Queen0fFeckingEverything · 07/05/2014 07:24

Eragon series, think by Christopher Paolini

LOTR /Hobbit?

Stone Heart series by Charlie Fletcher

All are favourites of my 11 yr old DD.

smugmumofboys · 07/05/2014 07:26

DS2 is 9 and has just finished this which he really enjoyed.

He also loved all the David Wallimas books and the Enid Blyton adventure series.

JaneZane · 07/05/2014 07:26

Inmysparetime - are you carol Ferro?!! Grin

YY nerf - mr gum and David Walliams have been very popular with both of them, hasn't thought about the waterbabies. Dd is reading Heidi at the moment but not sure how much she is enjoying it.

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smugmumofboys · 07/05/2014 07:27

DS2 is 9 and has just loved this.

He also loved all the David Walliams books and hoovered up the Enid Blyton Adventure series.

JaneZane · 07/05/2014 07:31

Dd tried the hobbit but didn't enjoy it (think it was a couple of years ago)
I'll have a look at eragon and stone heart, thanks!
I've got a feeling one of them has that secret book smugmumofboys - I really need to have a weed out of their book cases Blush Didn't think of trying DS with Enid Blyton, dd has really enjoyed them.

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Goatbongosanonymous · 07/05/2014 07:44

How about:

Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl)
Michelle Paver (Wolf Brother series)
Malcolm Saville (old fashioned, but if they like Enid Blyton, might like these)
Ali Sparkes
Rick Riordan, the Kane Chronicles

InMySpareTime · 07/05/2014 07:57

Oops just spotted the multiple postsBlush. App playing up this morning!
My two (12 and 10yo) loved it, and they are quite particular about what they read.

RockinHippy · 07/05/2014 08:10

Philip Pullman His Dark Matterials trilogy - Starts with the Golden Compass, Subtle Knife & Amber Spy Glass -.this could suit either of them depending on their ability.

DD who is 11 is currently re reading James Pattersons Maximum Ride series, she first read them at 10, but loved them so much she is diving back into them - 8 books in this series

For your DS maybe look into the Goosebumps/Horrorland books by RL Stiene - there are loads of them & DD (who loves scifi & horror stories) ate them up at that sort of age en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Goosebumps_books

Booksteensmagazines · 07/05/2014 08:49

For your 11 year old DD:

Roof toppers by Katherine Rundell - the most beautiful writing
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens - old fashioned Agatha Christie style murder mystery, fun, well written
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve - future dystopian world, adventure, series, well written
Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater - fantasy, fun, exciting
Girl Missing by Sophie Mckenzie - series, adventure, teen angst (but not old teen angst, aimed at young teens) - maybe not suitable if she is a young 11 yr old, fun more than challenging
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus - WW1 and dogs used as messengers, sad but lovely
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver - brazen age Greece, well written and researched

LottieJenkins · 07/05/2014 09:07

Michael Morpurgo's books?

Lilaclily · 07/05/2014 09:10

Definitely Tom Gates for your nine year old
There's a new one out this month too

DeWee · 07/05/2014 09:31

I was going to recommend Alex Rider for your 9yo.

Had he tried the Charlie Moon series. Dd1 didn't like them, but they're quite well written and I know a lot of people enjoyed them.
I do recomment the Malcolm Saville too. The first one is set during war time, and had ds (aged 6yo, but loves war stories) on the edge of his seat.
Only thing is they can attract quite high prices on the second hand market, and the armadas are abridged a bit. I recommend Lone Pine London, which is from the middle of the series, but stands alone quite well, and hasn't dated as much as the early ones in the series.
There's also the Roman mysteries if he finds them interesting.

For you 11yo-dd1 was into Cherub/Henderson boys by that age. There's a bit of swearing etc so you might like to look at them before handing them over.

My 10yo dd2 is addicted to the Chalet School, she also likes several others mentioned. Joan Aiken set goes down well at that age too.


Either of them might enjoy ones like Narnia, or Geoffrey Treese (mostly historical except the Bannermere series-which is now history too!)

DeWee · 07/05/2014 09:37

Sorry, that should be Trease, not Treese.

JaneZane · 07/05/2014 09:39

Thank you so much! You're all stars Thanks Thanks Thanks

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emmaMBC · 07/05/2014 10:15

Some newbies published this year, which are FAB ....

The Tiffin

Cowgirl

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

oh, and from last year take a peek at ...The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Clutterbugsmum · 07/05/2014 10:58

What about the other Rick Rioden Books.

He has Heroes of Olympus Books which have the same characters as Percy Jackson

And The Kane Chronicals which are set in acient Egypt.

My dd1 has enjoyed these as well as Percy Jackson, as she likes history.

iseenodust · 09/05/2014 11:35

On another thread Phantom Tollbooth was recommended & it's just been delivered for DS age9. Looks excellent.
Georges secret universe by Lucy Hawking (mixes science fact & fiction).

thegambler · 09/05/2014 11:48

Youngest daughter (10yrs) loves the Ever after high books. They seem trashy to me and she's not keen on my suggestions but I'm not going to grumble if she wants to sit a 336page hardcover then I'm not going to put her off. At that age all I read was football magazines so she has plenty of time to develop taste Blush.

Daisybelle6 · 10/05/2014 12:59

I agree with Booksteensmagazines- Katherine Rundell's Rooftoppers is fantastic, as is her other book, Girl Savage. I'd also like to suggest some of the Eva Ibbotson books (especially Dial A Ghost and The Great Ghost Rescue!).

DraggingDownDownDown · 11/05/2014 19:11

My ds10 likes Big Nate plus the one's previously mentioned

JiltedJohnsJulie · 17/05/2014 15:10

Haven't read the whole thread so sorry if I'm repeating. At 9 my DS loved George and the Big Bang by Lucy Hawkins.

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