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Subject: I need some reccomendations for a 11-12 year old boy.
Date Posted: 6/26/2008 8:22 PM ET
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His family are friends of mine, and his mom said he hated to read, until his older brother recommended Harry Potter to him, and now he wants to read "every book in the world".  I'm their unofficial book supplier, so I was wondering if you have any recomendations to keep him reading.  He has requested that I get him Eragon and Eldest, but I'm not good at finding good books for boys, so I don't know what I'll do once he finishes those.

Thanks in advance!


P.S.  I think I may have seen a different thread on this topic somewhere, but I can't find it now, so if you come across one and want to give me a link, I'd appreciate that too.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 9:59 PM ET
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Fire Star Trilogy- Chris D'Lacey

The Hobbit - Tolkien

Lord of the Rings Trilogy- Tolkien

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 7:39 AM ET
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What about Lemony Snickets' Series of Unfortunate Events?  They probably would be quick reads for him if he's already chewed through Harry Potter.

I'm not sure if Tolkien would be too advanced for his age group.  I would keep him on something that's going to be a page turner.

 Here's a thread with suggestions for 14 yo boy.


And here's a thread with suggestions for an 11 yo boy. If you scroll down a fews posts on this one, I posted some HP read-alikes.


Happy REading!

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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:20 AM ET
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Hi April-

Thanks for the additional suggestions!   My son just turned 9 and he loved the Hobbit and is currently half way through the second book of The Lord of the Rings.  He loves it!  You're right in that I'm sure he isn't making all the higher level connections and analogies- but he does understand and enjoy the story.   Maybe he would want to re-read it at a later point in life for the additional depth.

I hope you enjoy "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"!  It is one of my all time favorites!


Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:37 AM ET
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Recommendations from my 13 y.o., a reluctant but voracious reader who avoids the lengthy Harry Potters and Cornelia Funke books (although that doesn't seem to be a problem with your 12 y.o. reader):

DS loves adventure books as long as they are 200 pages or less:

anything by Gordon Korman - great adventures in series and stand alone books

Lightning Thief series by Rick Riordan (adventures by teen Grecian demigods in a 21st century setting)

anything by Roland Smith

recently I had to find the "Face on the Milkcarton" series by Caroline B. Cooney for him (anything to keep him reading this summer!)

Great books by Funke or Rowling we save for audio books for our summer trips:  Thief Lord, Inkheart, Inkspell, any of the Harry Potter series

Hope this helps your 12 y.o. keep reading over the summer, too!


Date Posted: 6/27/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Eileen, I'm sure he'll enjoy re-reading it later on! How great for him!

eta: I'm loving A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I'm going to post it in the book bazaar as a freebie when I'm finished (almost done with it) cuz it's really not postable, it's an old paperback but still readable... if anyone here wants it just pm me...lol!

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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 11:01 AM ET
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My Side of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George


Date Posted: 6/27/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Artemis Fowl might be a fun series for him or the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale.  Also the Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo might be of interest.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 2:29 AM ET
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The Redwall series by Brian Jaques...my nephew is 10 and we read them together.  Another good series is the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.

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Date Posted: 7/7/2008 6:00 PM ET
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My son enjoyed Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson. It's a prequel to Peter Pan. There are two more books in the series as well. I enjoyed them too.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 2:16 AM ET
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   The Lemony Snicket books are good. Also, The Sisters Grimm series is popular. I hope this helps.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 9:20 AM ET
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The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage is fun. It starts with "Magyk" then goes on to "Flyte", "Physik" and "Queste". The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Somebody Stroud is good, too.
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 10:01 PM ET
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At that age, my boys loved The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron....

Trapped in Death Cave by Bill Wallace

Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 9:45 AM ET
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My son is 11 and a constant reader.

He loves the Maximum Ride series by James Paterson

the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

The Young Bond series by Charlie Higson

I would also recommend the Charlie Bone series.

Also, my son absolutely loved Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (and it is on my bookshelf now)...

Date Posted: 7/23/2008 8:34 PM ET
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Maybe The Islander by Cynthia Rylant.

My 4th/5th GATE teacher who has a double masters in children's education (and who I am currenly still in touch with) said every child should read this book, and made both my brother and me read it when we were in her class. My brother hates to read and did enjoy this book if I remember correctly.



I do have to say, however, that it may be a little young, level wise, not content wise. The words are very large and it isn't very long.

I have a copy on my shelf that is in pretty good shape.