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Subject: ISO Young Adult Fantasy books for my son
Date Posted: 2/12/2012 12:33 PM ET
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Help! My 8 yr. old son is currently reading at a 10th grade level and devouring 2 books a day. He loves fantasy books and I was hoping someone can recommend some titles for me to order. Doesn't have to be a deal, but deals are great too.  


All Rick Riordan, Charlie Bone Series, Fablehaven Series, Mossflower Series, Children of the Lamp Series

Let me know if something good is on your shelf or someone else's. I can't find enough books for him and he has run out of books at the elementary school library. 

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Date Posted: 2/12/2012 6:02 PM ET
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If he is into fantasy and reading at 10th grade level--steer him toward Anne McCaffery, Piers Anthony, Christopher Paolini and Rick Riordan, just to see which direction he likes best.  Harry Potter he has probably already read.  My son liked the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer at this age, too.  These are all hevily requested authors on PBS, but you may some of them here or public libraries are best bet.  Happy Hunting!!

Date Posted: 2/12/2012 6:17 PM ET
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Thanks! I will try the authors you mentioned they look like good choices. He was not a big fan of the Harry Potter books. He loves anything by RIordan, esp. the Kane books. He is a fan of mythology.


Date Posted: 2/12/2012 7:48 PM ET
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You might want to check out The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott the Erec Rex series by Kaza Kingsley, The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James Owen, the Faerie Lord series by Herbie Brennan and specifically mythology related Terry Deary did a fire thief series (not as good as Riordan but he might enjoy it), and there is the Cronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu.  

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 12:16 AM ET
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I highly recommend the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flannagan.

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 12:39 AM ET
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I recomend books by lloyd alexander, c.s lewis the chonicles of narnia or screw tape letters, redwall by brian jacques, or star trek I would stay away from the orginal series.

        Redwall is a series of 22 books that both my 8th grade child with a high reading level and my husband has enjoyed. I have  3 of them currently on my shelf. I orginally ordered it because it was a large series and it is loved to death. It actually takes some time to read because of all the details.

   Star trek the next generation, deep space nine are written well. I would not do the orginal star trek books. I think the science fiction is so much better in the newer series.

I have several of all the above on my shelf and I am doing 5 books for 3 credits, 8 books for 4 credits or 15 books for 5 credits. Some of these are on my husbands shelf as well. The deal can go between the 2 shelves that is fine with me. Jean

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Date Posted: 2/13/2012 12:55 AM ET
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I would recomend Star trek deepspace nine, voyager and next generation.

My nephew who is 12 is reading John Grisham and is really enjoying them.

Fantastic four or other novels about super heroes

Star wars(watch the age level on these they can be what you are looking for and much younger.) The ones that I have on my shelf are over 300 pages

Also, the young wizard series but I don't have any of those on my shelf..

I am the husband of JeanF nickname stampsarefun and I am also running 5 for 3, 8 books for 4 credits or 15 books for 5 credits. You may combine books from both shelves

Thanks Phil

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Date Posted: 2/13/2012 1:19 AM ET
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Naomi Novik's Temeraire series

In His Majesty's Service: His Majesty's Dragon / Thrones of Jade / Black Powder War (Temeraire)

^ omnibus of the first 3 books, it's a great deal to purchase new right now on PBS.  There's nothing objectionable in the series - sex or language.  It's all about honor and such during the days of the Napoleonic Wars, but there are DRAGONS involved, yaaay.

Terry Brooks's

 Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover, Bk 1)

The first book is the best - I think it steadily goes downhill, but it's still AMAZING.

His Word and the Void trilogy is fantastic too - Brooks' writes in series of duologies and trilogies.  He wrote the Shannara books first (Sword, Elfstones, etc.), then went back and wrote the Word and the Void trilogy:




The Word and the Void is very different from his Shannara books - but it's actually a VERY early prequel to Shannara.  Word and the Void takes place present-day, or perhaps in the early 90s, with magic all around.  Shannara takes place thousands of years in the future, where life is like the more traditional fantasies you've read about - ie, LotR.  Because Brooks writes in duologies and trilogies, you can really start anywhere in the timeline.  He's a traditional fantasy writer inspired by Tolkien - there aren't any 'adult' themes in his books.

L.E. Modesitt's Recluce series.

The Magic of Recluce (Recluce series, Book 1)

I'm actually trying to get this series in some kind of order - Modesitt also writes in duologies and trilogies in the same world, but he'll pick up a character, drop him, then pick him up again 2 books later, so finding a reading order if you like to stick with the same character can be difficult.

Corean Chronicles:


The first 3 books (I think 3, maybe 4) are consecutive.  It's about a shepherding family who have some skill with magic, then the son is drafted to fight in a stupid war.

Imager series:

Imager (Imager Portfolio, Bk 1)

I seriously am in love with this series - Modesitt's created a new world where the magic is the power to "image" things - basically create something out of nothing, or something out of what's around you.  The first trilogy in this series is done, currently a prequel 4 book series is in the works.  Like Brooks, Modesitt sticks with tradition, and avoids 'adult' themes.  He might also like his Spellsinger series (5 books, I think) where song is magic.  Modesitt's a fantasy author who also writes "hard" sci-fi novels - almost all of them are stand-alone, and I think they're quite excellent.

Triplet by Timothy Zahn.  Stand-alone novel.  He's a sci-fi writer who dabbles in fantasy.

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (last 3 books finished by Brandon Sanderson)

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Bk 1)

Yes, it's epic, but it'll keep him busy for a while.  Again, nothing objectionable in it, although the main WoT blogger over at tor.com has a lot to say about gender relations.

My younger sisters are into everything by Neal Shusterman.

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 8:48 AM ET
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He might like Ted Bell's Nick McIver Time Adventures "Nick of Time" and "Time Pirate" .


Date Posted: 2/13/2012 6:59 PM ET
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If he liked Fablehaven, definitely have him check out Mull's new series, Beyonders.  More "political thriller" than the Fablehaven books, but still lots of magic in them. 

My brother enjoyed Anthony Horowitz at his age.  His Raven's Gate series (I have the first on my shelf) is the most "fantasy" one.  His other two series are contemporary, but also good. Alex Rider is about a teenage spy, and the Diamond Brothers Mysteries are, well, mysteries. 

Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer, also try the Dealing With Dragons series by Patricia C. Wrede.  These are about a princess who goes to live with dragons but they aren't "girly" at all.  If he likes high epic battle fantasy, try the Farsala series by Hilari Bell, first one is Fall of a Kingdom.  Also check out the Last Knight series by the same author.  Knightly Academy and Finnkin of the Rock are also a good place to try.  I recently enjoyed Alien Invasion and Other Inconviences by Brian Yansky if he likes more sci fi.  I also love the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman, these are time travel fantasy, first one is City of Masks. 

Has he showed any interest in graphic novels?  If so, PM me and I can give you lots of suggestions. Although he'll probably go through those even faster!

Date Posted: 2/13/2012 10:56 PM ET
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Thanks for the information everyone! This has been a great help. I am going to start a list. Maybe he will have something to read for a couple weeks at least;)