I agree with comments about staff at bookshops... and would like to add the staff at libraries (at least, the librarians who have had this job since some years and are avid readers. My favourite librarian at our local children's library is excellent for recommanding books to young people... but her knowledge about books for adults is far more limited... I think it is just great that she reads so many children and teenage books to be able to advise our dear little ones.
We were recently visiting an independent school for boys and in the library there, the librarian had this little game: the child tells his favourite author... and she then gives him a pencil and introduces him to an author he might enjoy, based on the name previously cited ( I was very happy with such a brilliant idea!
My DS said Morpurgo... and she showed him a book written by Tim Bowler
. We have never read this author, but your DS may enjoy his books...
By the way, for the Morpurgo's fan living in or near London, his book 'Warhorse' has been transformed into a play actually played at the natioanl theatre. Here is the website: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/warhorse
Has anybody seen this play?
I have read also that Stephen Spielberg has bought the rights to transform this book into a film... We'll have to wait a bit to see his film but that might be great!