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Book ideas for 11 year old boy please......

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CPtart · 22/04/2014 19:56

DS1 11 is a great reader but seems to be struggling to find something to read at the moment. I don't want to let this interest slide.
Latest books read range from The Hunger Games series and lots of Bear Grylls! Any ideas please......??

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makemineapinot · 22/04/2014 19:57

Any Philip Pullman or the Rick Riordan Percy Jackson series? The Hobbit?

AppleSnow · 22/04/2014 20:08

Philip Reeve - Larklight and Mortal Engines series, Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series), Charlie Higson (Young Bond), Malorie Blackman, Beverley Naidoo - The Other Side of Truth and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (Mildred D Taylor)

spinnergeologist · 22/04/2014 20:13

Leviathan by scott westerfeld, try some if the disc world novels, graceling by kristin casshore though I will say that the second and third books might be a bit harsh for his age.

curiousuze · 22/04/2014 20:24

Probably stating the obvious, but Harry Potter, the Eragon series, the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, the Mister Monday series by Garth Nix. Terry Pratchett has written some great ones for older kids - I liked The Amazing Maurice, and A Hat Full of Sky.

soontobeslendergirl · 22/04/2014 23:36

Interestingly, My boys both read the Noughts and crosses series at about that age but I've only just recently read it myself and I'm not sure that it was actually that appropriate - there are a few bits in it that are probably overly sexual for a young lad and I'm also not convinced that the suicide bomb theme of the 3rd book is appropriate either.

What about the Tunnels series or some of the anthony Horowitz books after Alex rider. There was also a series of books that was like the opposite of Alex Rider - a school for criminals rather than spies but for the life of me I can remember what it was - i'll have a look in the morning. My son loved those.

Also what about the Septimus Heap books, I think those were enjoyed too,

alita7 · 23/04/2014 00:36

Darren shan books.
skull duggery pleasant.
point horror or goosebumps if point horror is too old.

take him to the library and browse?

happycake · 23/04/2014 01:17

Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy!

CPtart · 23/04/2014 08:01

Thanks all, some good suggestions. We do go to the library but he's not a browser, just says "I don't know. There is nothing!!!"
May hunt for some of these myself and just present them to him.

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Chillycamper · 23/04/2014 08:21

If he enjoyed Hunger Games he may like
Divergent, Insurgent, Allegient series
Half Bad - my 12 year old loved this. It's written by an accountant who did a creative writing class in her 40's. fair play to her she has now got a 1 million squid book deal to write a trilogy and the makers of the "twilight" films will be turning the book into a movie!

DrankSangriaInThePark · 23/04/2014 08:24

Would he perhaps browse more at the library if he went on his own?

Sounds daft, but if I take dd and sit where she can see me, she does the same, "it doesn't matter/I don't know/can't find anything"

If I pop out to do an errand and say "I'll be back in 10 mins" or just go and browse myself where she doesn't feel watched, she comes out with handfuls.

Booksteensmagazines · 26/04/2014 10:47

Similar to Hunger Games - Divergent by Veronica Roth or Maze Runner by James Dashner. But I also think the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve is very good.

Other good books in this age range:

Bodyguard Hostage - Chris Bradford
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace
There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar
spud by John van de Ruit

MickeyMixer · 30/04/2014 13:14

"Wolf Brother" and the sequels (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Books) by Michelle Paver

CPtart · 30/04/2014 14:16

Thanks again all, we will refer back to these suggestions. He has reserved a couple of the above and has started Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver.

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DraggingDownDownDown · 30/04/2014 14:25

Does he like the Wimpy Kid type books?

CPtart · 30/04/2014 14:41

He's read them. They are now on DS2 bookshelf but getting him to pick up a book for pleasure is nigh on impossible!

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Dotty342kids · 30/04/2014 17:50

Another one for the Skullduggery Pleasance series, mine is completely engrossed by those at the moment!

DraggingDownDownDown · 30/04/2014 20:12

Big Nate or the books by David Walliams

perfectpickle · 01/05/2014 21:07

I was sent a recommendation recently to a book which has just been released on Amazon. It's called Guardian of the Underworld and is a sort of Harry Potter/ Lion Witch and the Wardrobe/ Indiana Jones! My kids absolutely loved it- even my very reluctant reader. The only thing is it's only currently available as a kindle/ digital download for your pc.

Book ideas for 11 year old boy please......
khadra2001 · 27/05/2014 16:37

HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!

ThatBloodyWoman · 27/05/2014 16:38

I second Darren Shan.

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