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Subject: Book suggestions for an 11 year old boy?
Date Posted: 2/11/2011 4:15 PM ET
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Hi everyone! smiley


Would anyone be willing to give me a few suggestions for (fiction) reading material for an 11 year old boy?

Humor, wizardry, fantasy, historical, maybe some areas outside of these general likes as well would be great.


He read the Harry Potter series and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and enjoyed both, although Harry Potter was a little hard for him.

He seems to lean towards everything teen (sigh), shows, opinions, likes, etc. So I thought my search should start in young adult.

Anything "scary" would be preferably tame. He likes to think he is tough & grown up, but "scary" books give him nightmares. wink


Any ideas or suggestions welcome and greatly appreciated.


Thank you in advance!


Date Posted: 2/11/2011 4:39 PM ET
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My son is 9 (3rd grade) but is reading at a 6 grade level.  He loves anything by Rick Riordan.  He has read the whole Percy Jackson series and is now reading the new series the Red Pyramid.  He also Enjoys the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and the Beastly Business series by David Sinden.  As a quick read he enjoys Choose Your Own Adventure books.  We do have a rule where he chooses all his own books during the school year for his A R testing and pleasure reading but I get to choose all the books he reads in the summer.  This has opened him up to authors he never would have picked on his own, and i am able to sneak in some classics lol.  Hope this helps!


Date Posted: 2/11/2011 6:46 PM ET
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I forgot to "watch" my own post. Doh. lol.


Thank you for so many great suggestions! I looked a couple of them up just now, I think he would really enjoy them!


I think from the great list you gave me, we will definitely have no problem finding him something he will love!


Thank you so very much for the help! smiley



Date Posted: 2/11/2011 7:08 PM ET
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He might like the Artemis Fowl series and Alex Rider series, too.

Date Posted: 2/11/2011 11:06 PM ET
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my son is in 5th grade and just read the entire LEmony Snicket series and is about to start the Chronicles of Narnia...

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 10:45 AM ET
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Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  

Date Posted: 2/12/2011 4:05 PM ET
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Thank you for the great suggestions!

We are taking him to the bookstore later to take a look and choose which he would like to try.

I love this site, everyone is so helpful! Thank you again!

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 5:44 PM ET
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My son is also 11 and likes to read above his age. He enjoyed the whole Twilight series and loves The Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz. They are vampires but not scary. He has also read all of Rick Riordan's and Gary Paulson's and enjoyed both though Paulson's were almost too simple for him. The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson was also enjoyed. He is currently reading a series called 39 Clues by different authors I think. He is also a huge fan of Wimpy Kid. Sounds like we could get our boys together to trade books and they could have a ball.

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Date Posted: 2/23/2011 11:35 AM ET
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I don't know if you are still looking for suggestions but here are books my 10 year old girl liked (she tends to like the same books the boys are reading):

Charlie Bones series by Jenny Nemmo
The Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan
The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (this one reads like an older kids Magic Treehouse..at least it had that same feel to me)
Gregor the Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins
Adventurer's Wanted: Slathbog's Gold by M.L. Forman
City of Ember series by Jeanne Duprau
Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
100 Cupboards by N.D Wilson 

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

39 clues by various authors

Date Posted: 2/25/2011 12:27 AM ET
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I'd suggest Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz or any of the Alex Rider adventure books in the series. I enjoyed them myself and my 12 year old brother did as well. 

Date Posted: 2/26/2011 9:37 PM ET
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Wow! Thank you everyone for all the fantastic suggestions! I apologize for not coming back sooner, somehow I unwatched the thread.

I am going to go through the list and make some more notes on books to have him try. We went to the bookstore and bought him several Gary Paulsen books and a few Rick Riordan last week and he seems to be enjoying Gary Paulsen so far.

I actually have the first few Maximum Ride novels on hand, I think I am going to read the first one or two before I decide if I will let him read them, but I think he may enjoy those as well!

I can't thank you all enough for all of the really great suggestions. I should be able to keep him reading for a very long time! smiley