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Good book recommendations for a 9 year old with a reading age of 14?

My 9 year old is a voracious reader, to the point that he's exhausted the school's age-appropriate book supply. He's quite capable of understanding and dealing with the concepts present in teen fiction, but the school can't give him material for that age range due to some of the content present in those books. He's currently finishing the last book of the Alex Rider series, so I'm looking for exciting books that he will find stimulating and interesting, without excessive adult themes. I don't have any objection to milder teen content, we've recently been listening to an audio book of Steven Cole's 'Thieves Like Us', which we are all enjoying and is in a similar vein to the Alex Rider books but aimed, I suspect, at a more teen audience. Any recommendations and ideas will be welcomed, in paper or ebook form!

Seeking Experience E-books , Education 4 years ago
Andrew Weekes expert
Andrew Weekes
Techy engineer, father of two.
Sevenoaks, GB

4 experts and 8 parents have answered

Andy Battle
Andy Battle infoSec geek, proud father of 4 Perth, Western Australia

Diary of a wimpy kid is an obvious series that is much loved by my 8 & 9 YO

Asterix and Tin Tin series are a popular favourite

Horrible Histories, Science & Geography series by Terry Deary

Anything from Andy Griffiths (13 story treehouse is a favourite)

Anything by David Walliams

Captain underpants series ( a little funny/crass) by Dav Pilkey

Goosebumps series by R.L.Stine

Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon

Zac Power series by H.I. Larry

Geronimo Stilton series by Scholastic

Anything from Jeremy Strong

Anything from Roald Dahl obviously

Anything from Giles Andreae

Cows in action series by Steve Cole

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Opinion 4 years ago
Francesco admin
Francesco Founder @ London, GB

Anything from Emilio Salgari (great italian adventure writer)

1001 Arabian Nights

White Fangs (Jack London)

The secret garden (Frances Burnett)

Pinocchio (Collodi)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)

The Call of the wild (Jack London)

Around the world in 80 days (Jules Verne)

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Opinion 4 years ago
Holly Seddon admin
Holly Seddon Editor-in-chief of Kent, UK

I think I was around this age that I first started reading Terry Pratchett (Disc World Series), really funny and thought-provoking - and leads nicely to Douglas Adams when he's a little older. I think a lot of Tolkien is too heavy weather for this age but The Hobbit is a bit more user-friendly. And obviously anything and everything by Roald Dahl!

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Experience 4 years ago
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Experience 4 years ago
Joanne Mallon writer
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

For advanced readers, look out for classic books that are 30+ years old, as they will have more challenging language but relatively tame content - stuff like Tom Sawyer, Wind in the Willows, Three Men in a Boat etc. Plus a lot of classics are free on Kindle.

Though just because a child is a good reader they don't always need incredibly stretching stuff - you don't want them to go off reading if it becomes like homework rather than fun.

My 9 year old son loves audiobooks and is really getting into reading. He likes Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, Doctor Who novels, Marvel pocketbooks (graphic novels), Tom Gates books (these are quite an easy read but good fun), Mr Gum, Guinness Book of Records/anything with lots of facts, Horrible Histories, The Hobbit.

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Experience 4 years ago
Helen Wheeler
Helen Wheeler Mother of two and teacher Brighton, GB

My son (11) has enjoyed

The Henderson Boys series by Robert Muchamore.

He likes many of the others already mentioned. You might also try

The Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall or

The Strong Winds Trilogy by Julia Jones .

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Opinion 4 years ago
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David Sheppard expert
David Sheppard school teacher GB
Education expert

Holes by Louis Sachar is is really good (the film isn't bad either) and my son is now reading the follow up Small Steps because he enjoyed the first book. Both the actual and reading age of your son might be suited to Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series starting with 'Over sea, Under stone' (the film was a travesty, avoid avoid) I remember really enjoying the books. Another book with innocence / nothing you wouldn't want a 9 yr old to read, with a challenging text level, and with a fantastic narrative is John Masefield's 'The Box of Delights'

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Opinion 4 years ago
James Ross
James Ross Pocket money and technology London, GB

The Pittacus Lore series is great for confident readers who are younger than the teen audience it is intended for.

Here is a book blog by Olly who is 12. It gives short reviews on books that will be appropriate for young readers with a high reading age. It is also great for boys books - Olly makes it quite clear he is not the biggest fan of Romance!

Just as adults reads book reviews, it can be good for kids to do the same, especially if they are comfortable engaging with teen/adult texts.

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Experience 4 years ago
kirsten bischoff
kirsten bischoff co-founder of Springfield Township, US

I LOVE hearing about voracious kid readers!! Our favorite book? The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Ron Howard I believe is set to direct the movie of this - and I hope they do the book justice. You may want to read it first, there are some "scary" parts - but they depend on your kid. Its about a boy who is raised by ghosts, and it is a classic. I also really like the Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Chris Puttick expert
Chris Puttick CEO, chief assistant to the duck GB
E-safety expert

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings

In that order. And the first is (a) nothing like the films and (b) way, way better.

The EarthSea books from Ursula le Guin, particularly the first 1 (personally around his age I struggled with the second, though liked the third).

I too was precocious when it came to reading :)

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Experience 3 years ago
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Christi Stapleton expert
Christi Stapleton Reading Specialist Weber City, VA, USA
Education expert

Thanks so much! I have a son who is in the same boat!!

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Opinion 4 years ago
Олег Кияшко
Олег Кияшко Don't mind my display name >.< Kyiv, Ukraine

The situation when school book supplies with less minimum age is out can be very common. Instead, you can go to a library, and search there various books. Or find some books online.

But what I actually think, the thing that kids can value more than books, is comics. Not all comics are solely children's entertainment, in fact there are comics with more mature plot and which are not considered as reading thing, but a collector item (Marvel, DC Comics stuff). I am not talking about manga (japanese comics) here at all - maybe he won't like even the most kid-appropriate, cute manga titles...

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Opinion 3 years ago

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