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Books for 9 year old DGS - help

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kittylester Tue 23-Feb-16 11:48:00

I probably posted a similar thread last year but DGS always asks us for books for his birthday.

He is a very capable reader, currently reading Northern Lights and has the rest of that group waiting in the wings.

He likes 'Sets' of books to work his way through but I am at a loss to think of any. His parents have bought him Treasure Island and I was trying to think of any old books or authors in that sort of vein that he might like.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Greyduster Tue 23-Feb-16 12:29:25

Our GS is just nine. He likes the Alex Ryder books, The Roman Mysteries collection by Caroline Lawrence, and books by Ali Sparkes. Oh, and the Beast Quest books (his favourites). He has lots of others but I can't bring them to mind at the moment!

annodomini Tue 23-Feb-16 13:16:33

I think I've recommended before but have no hesitation in doing so again. There are reviews by children which might give you an idea of the kind of things your GS would like. You can find books for his age range. Does he like Horrible Histories?

Eloethan Tue 23-Feb-16 13:30:30

I believe the Malorie Blackman and Michael Murporgo books are good - I think they write for different age groups so you would need to check the suggested age range.

My son enjoyed Watership Down - many others but I can't remember.

My grandson enjoyed Goodnight Mr Tom, Skellig and Holes.

oznan Tue 23-Feb-16 13:34:43

I would suggest The Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz.You can buy in a boxed set of 7 books from Amazon.My 2 older grandsons both loved these books at a similar age.

Greyduster Tue 23-Feb-16 13:43:38

Diamond Brothers was one of the ones I couldn't bring to mind and I bought those for him just before Christmas. (Getting worse! Put a jar of pickles in the dishwasher this morning instead of the fridge!!).

Greyduster Tue 23-Feb-16 13:49:47

Just a ps - I have read odd chapters of David Walliams' 'Grandpa's Great Escape' with GS, and it is very funny. He has promised to lend it to me when he's finished it!

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 23-Feb-16 14:24:34

MY DD (almost 8) loves everything by David Walliams, plus Harry Potter and Horrible Histories. For her upcoming birthday (shhh) have bought her box sets of Horrible Histories and Horrible Science. All those popular with the 8yo boys in her class too.

She just read a Wimpy Kid book and loved that as well - and lots of the boys like those too.

Beast Quest also popular with her friends

Jalima Tue 23-Feb-16 14:25:17

I typed a whole post then tablet shut down and I lost it grrr

In short, David Walliams - DD has ordered them for DGS (nearly 8)
Gransnet ran a Puffin Children's Classucs competition a while ago with some great titles - perhaps they'll run another one wink ???

Someone I know wrote books about a boy called Jack Brenin set in Shropshire (Catherine Cooper)
I bought some from her but have yet to give them to DGS, they look very good
(Hope that is not advertising)

DGD loves Roald Dahl books
Trying to remember who wrote those books about the Roman Legions, was it Rosemary someone? Sutcliffe? Are they for children?

hildajenniJ Tue 23-Feb-16 14:27:45

I was going to suggest Harry Potter. My DS enjoyed the Famous Five books at about that age. What about the Wolves of Willoughby Chase? I believe there are more in the series.

Jalima Tue 23-Feb-16 14:28:32

Puffin Classics (typo)

These are the ones:

Anya Tue 23-Feb-16 14:29:58

GS (9) loves horrible histories, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and anything no fiction about nature.

Anya Tue 23-Feb-16 14:31:59

Yes, and the Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Tom's Midnight Garden.

shysal Tue 23-Feb-16 14:32:03

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is great for boys. All my GSs have loved them.

Jalima Tue 23-Feb-16 14:33:18

Would the Swallows and Amazons be too dated for him?
(Not for the Ruths of this world - pirates are always ruthless grin )

Jalima Tue 23-Feb-16 14:35:21

Anya I think those two titles are included in the Puffin Classics - Gransnet hint hint??

Greyduster Tue 23-Feb-16 18:03:13

I read the Eagle of the Ninth Series just before Christmas as I wanted to know whether it would be suitable for GS, who was then eight (he is not just nine). To be honest, and please feel free to disagree with me, I think it might be more suitable for older children. I didn't have any issues with the content, and it is a wonderful story - I thoroughly enjoyed it - but at that age I wondered whether the way in which it was written would hold his interest. He is an avid reader and has read all but one of the Harry Potter series, so he doesn't have a short attention span. Any opinions?

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 23-Feb-16 18:49:40

I read all those Rosemary Sutcliffe books a couple of years back. Loved them. Not sure I realised they were for children.

The Beast Quest books that Cari mentioned was a big hit with dgs2 when he was that age. His poor mother had to wade through book after book at bedtimes.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 23-Feb-16 18:50:41

I can't stand Roald Dahl. But I'm not nine.

Nelliemoser Tue 23-Feb-16 19:20:17

The Silver Sword. If its still in print.

How about Biggles.

The Rosemary Sutlicliffe ones as well.
As Anya suggested.

We seem to have a lot of suggestions in common.
Probably our own favourites.

NanKate Tue 23-Feb-16 19:34:22

For exciting and fast moving adventure books for both boys and girls I would recommend the two book series by the award winning author Chris Bradford - there are 8 in the Young Samurai series and 5 in the Bodyguard series.

Jalima Tue 23-Feb-16 19:51:01

I can't stand Roald Dahl. But I'm not nine.^
Neither is DGD, she's 7!
And she is a girl.

My Australian DGS loved these when he was 7, but some adults disapprove of them:

kittylester Tue 23-Feb-16 20:32:50

Wow, loads of suggestions, thank you all.

DGS has read Harry Potter, Beast Quest, Horrible Historues and the Science ones but I will certainly look at some of the others.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 24-Feb-16 08:42:55

Anya I think your GS and my DD are related!

And re Puffin comp - promise that if the opportunity comes up again we will leap at it!!

Anya Wed 24-Feb-16 08:46:14