Saturday, 12 February 2011

Books for keen transitional readers

Right, so I'm going to write a recommendation list today, as it's Saturday. I'll focus on children aged about 10 to 12 who are keen on reading, but don't want to read children's books or books that are too adult. If I haven't reviewed these yet, I almost certainly will! This is by no means all of the books suitable, but it's a good starting point! If you have anything to add to the lists, please comment and I'll put it in (or at least read it).

Fantasy: Keys to the Kingdom series and the Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, The Carpet People, The Bromeliad, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents and Nation by Terry Pratchett, The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (some adult themes but very oblique), The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott, The Bartimeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, The Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz, The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, the Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman, Midnight by Lene Kaaberbol, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

Sci-Fi, Spy and Adventure: The Artemis Fowl series, the Supernaturalist, Half-Moon Investigations and Airman by Eoin Colfer, the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, H.I.V.E by Mark Walden, the Traces series by Malcolm Rose, the Mortal Engines series and the Larklight series by Philip Reeve, Montmorency by Eleanor Updale, The Young Bond series by Charlie Higson

Romance and Friendship: The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson by Louise Rennison, most books by Jaqueline Wilson (the Girls in... series and Love Lessons contain more adult themes), the Jess Jordan series by Sue Limb, the first few books of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (some adult content in later books), Love 15 and the Teenage Worrier's Guide to... by Ros Asquith (some adult themes), Exodus by Julie Bertagna (some adult themse, some sci fi!).

The Romance and Friendship section is a little sparse because nearly all of these books do contain adult themes - just let me know what you think is suitable and I can make better judgements.

Hope this list helps, anyway - I'll keep adding to it - and happy reading!

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