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Subject: Need book recommendations for a preteen please
Date Posted: 2/13/2010 3:01 PM ET
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I am trying to get a few more books for my DS. He is 11 and he has read the Alex Rider Graphic Novels and also loved the Diary OF A Wimpy Kids series. He will not read a plain chapter book that does not have a lot of pictures. He is into spies, sci fi, fantasy and the like. He does not like SuperHero stuff like Batman. He would love anything with wolves, werewolves or vamps that is not scary. He is a little chicken. He is not allowed anything with much bad language or any sexual anything. If the books are not available here I can order them.

I would have posted in another forum but the kids forums are not very active.



ETA......... If you have a book on your shelf that he may like please let me know. I have a few credits I don't mind spending.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 12:25 PM ET
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I would try to get him into the regular Alex Rider books.  From what I understand the graphic novels follow really closely, so you may be able to get him to read the books since he already knows the story line. 

I would also try the Artemis Fowl graphic novels.  There's only two so far, but again, you may be able to get him to read the books once he's read the graphic version. 

Another one that's really popular right now is the 39 Clues series.  They don't have pictures per se, but they're really short, so they might not be too daunting.  Each book also comes with 6 trading cards (if you buy them new) so you can follow along with the mystery and try to solve it yourself online.  So that too may make up for a lack of pictures. 

Other than that the only text/picture hybrids I can think of are Frankie Pickle and the Dragonbreath series, but those might be a little young for an 11-year-old. 

Date Posted: 2/19/2010 1:54 AM ET
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Hey Sherry, my son is 11 and I'm always on the lookout for new books for him.  Here are a couple of suggestions my son and I came up with for you.

The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (We just bought this book tonight and my son has already read 15 pages of it).  It doesn't appear to have a lot of pictures, but there are a few.

There are several books by Andy Griffiths that my son seems to like (Just Annoying, Just Stupid, Just Wacky, Pencil of Doom, just to name a few)
These all have pictures throughout, mainly off to the side of the text like little cartoons.  My son says they are very funny.

And of course, who can leave out Captain Underpants.  To me, they are completely stupid, but I guess to an 11 year old they're quite funny.  They have a lot of pictures.

The only other suggestion I can think of is to maybe try graphic novels.  Maybe do a search for something he's interested in (Star Wars, sci-fi, etc.) and maybe you could find some he would like.

Hope this helps :)   

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 7:34 PM ET
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Just thought of some other books you could try.  I'd recommend anything by Kate and Sarah Klise.  They have a few series (as well as stand alone books) that are a "graphic epistolary mysteries" meaning they are mysteries told in the form of letters between characters, newspaper clippings, notes, signs, pictures, etc.  Very cute, and great for readers who don't like a lot of text. 

The newest series, 43 Old Cemetary Road, is a ghost story mystery and they're very short, only about 100 pages or so.  There's also the "Regarding The" series (starts with Reguarding the Fountain) as well as a few stand along books like Letters From Camp and Trial by Journal that are significantly longer, but there's a lot of text and it has lot of pictures too. 


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Date Posted: 2/26/2010 12:03 PM ET
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My son has never been a big reader, but when he was that age he loved the Tintin graphic novel series.   There was another book called The Amazing Adventures of Soupy Boy that he truly loved.

Your boy might also like Neil Gaiman books, like Coraline, The Graveyard Book, or Odd and the Frost Giants.  They're not graphic novels, but they're well illustrated.