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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:48 pm 
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Hello.

Can anyone recommend a series of books for my 10 year old son to read? My son is a good reader but is not really into any particular books at the moment.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Reading books
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:04 pm 
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The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence. This is a great set of books that teaches readers a lot about Roman life and has a very interesting plot that gradually unfolds. There is also a dvd to watch when you have read them all. DG


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 10:01 am 
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My 10-year-old DS isn't keen on historical books but loves fantasy/sci-fi. I would recommend any books by Philip Reeve. Start with the Goblins trilogy (very funny but also extremely well written and vocabulary-rich) then move on to Mothstorm, Larklight etc. At the moment he's reading Railhead, which is probably aimed more at teens but is another great imagining of futuristic worlds. DS also likes Alex Shearer (The Cloud Hunters and Sky Run - not in a series as such but depicting the same world 'in the clouds' and introducing interesting questions re. society and the environment) and Frances Hardinge (A Face like Glass - fantastically written and set underground, another point of fascination for my DS). He's also recently enjoyed Wildwood, which I believe is the first in a series. In general I've been delighted to discover there are plenty of books for boys of this age who aren't so interested in typical adventure or nature-related stories. If he's tech/scientifically minded he might also like the George and the Big Bang books which are written by Stephen Hawking and his daughter and an interesting mix of story and science.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:00 pm 
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My ds just turned 11. Currently he is enjoying the Vespers vs Cahills series, having recently read the 39 Clues series (Vespers vs Cahills follows on from that).
He loves the HIVE series by Mark Walden and has just moved on to the Earthfall trilogy (don't think the 3rd one is out yet) by the same author.
He also absolutely loves Biggles and has read a lot of them recently. He read the Roman Mysteries last year and thoroughly enjoyed them.
He has also recently read Bear Grylls' series which is aimed at 9+ but has enough content for older children and is very readable.
He does not like fantasy at all but likes adventure books.

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Frances Hardinge (A Face like Glass - fantastically written and set underground, another point of fascination for my DS). He's also recently enjoyed Wildwood, which I believe is the first in a series


Absolutely agree that these are great books. My dd loves them. They would not suit my ds as much because of the fantasy element... Gingerly67 has your son read the Mysterious Benedict Society series. They are illustrated by the same person who illustrated the Wildwood series (who I think is the wife of the man who wrote the MBS series). Even better in my opinion!


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 Post subject: Re: Reading books
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:12 pm 
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loobylou wrote:
Gingerly67 has your son read the Mysterious Benedict Society series. They are illustrated by the same person who illustrated the Wildwood series (who I think is the wife of the man who wrote the MBS series). Even better in my opinion!

Thanks for the tip - will look for those! Slightly unrelated, but I discovered an intriguing picture book called 'Home' about different types of houses/ways of life, same illustrator as Wildwood, which made a good Christmas present for a 6-year-old.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:48 pm 
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Great news for Frances Hardinge fans (and older children's fiction in general)!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35412946


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:05 pm 
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There was a really useful post by um on another thread re. reading lists.(viewtopic.php?f=11&t=45490&p=552778#p552778).

"There are some great reading lists/suggestions here:

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre ... aders.html

http://www.dulwichpreplondon.org/page/? ... 14&pid=211"

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 Post subject: Re: Reading books
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:23 pm 
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We have a recommended reading list on this page of the site

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/advice ... ading-list


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:52 pm 
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Some years ago my reluctant reader son got hooked into reading by by Ian Ogilvy's Measle books and now they are working the same magic on his even more reluctant little sister who is now reading every chance she gets


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:36 am 
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How about Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events? I liked those books because some new words are introduced with meanings as part of the story. My 12 year old is just re-reading them now.


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