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Books for DS 10 yrs - faction books, any suggestions?

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amberlene · 08/05/2015 14:01

My DS, 10, seems to prefer factual books rather than fiction but I would like him to read novels to develop his vocabulary and awareness of narrative.

He liked Malorie Blackman, Hackers and Gadgetman, and he reads all the horrible histories and he also like the 'boy who biked the world'. However, he is not interested in Harry Potter, too supernatural, and he doesn't like dark novels like those of Charlie Higson.

Any suggestions much appreciated.

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DrownedGirl · 08/05/2015 14:12

David Walliams?

amberlene · 08/05/2015 14:34

Thanks. I'll take a look.

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Maroonie · 08/05/2015 14:52

How about autobiographies?
I really enjoyed Ronald dhals as a child sort of Fact based but written like a story.
If he likes football there are some books that are sort of autobiographies of messi and ronaldo that are written like stories.

Maroonie · 08/05/2015 14:53

Roald, no idea who Ronald dhal is or if he has written a book

amberlene · 08/05/2015 15:23

Thanks. He has read some of the Roald Dahl stories at school but I hadn't thought of his biography.

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InkleWinkle · 08/05/2015 15:33

I was going to say David Walliams too.

Leeds2 · 08/05/2015 16:09

If he liked Horrible Histories, he might also like the Horrible Geography and Horrible Science series, which are in the same vane.

Could also try the My Story series. These are stories told from the point of view of a historical character, such as a soldier in the trenches in WW1, or Anne Boleyn's maid, so are made up but with a historical basis.

Takver · 08/05/2015 16:41

DD's friend hates fiction, particularly fantasy - he loved the Swallows and Amazons series.
Prompted by the other thread - Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder?

TwinkleThis · 08/05/2015 16:44

My non-reader started with the Captain Underpants series.

He has since covered Alex Rider (a boy James Bond) and the Beast Quest books.

amberlene · 10/05/2015 18:09

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Some excellent ones. Enough to keep him going for a few months, I hope.

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crapfatbanana · 12/05/2015 17:25

My son prefers non-fiction.

He enjoyed a graphic novel series called the Isabel Soto series. They're fictional mysteries based on real life history.

He is reading a funny book a the moment called The Extincts.

Hathall · 14/05/2015 19:48

My son prefers non fiction too and isn't too interested in Harry potter either.
Ds (and all his friends) absolutely love
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver.

MmeLindor · 16/05/2015 17:58

If he likes history, then Five Wounds might appeal to him. The historical detail is really wonderful, and it's not a topic that has been done to death - set during the Pilgrimage of Grace.

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