I love the New York Public Library and get most of the book recommendations for my son from the wonderful librarians they employ. My son is just finishing up the exciting fantasy adventure series Septimus Heap. He is reading the 6th book Darke, and the last volume Fyre comes April 16th, 2013. Today, I asked Rebecca, a (Super Awesome) librarian at Jefferson Market, to give me recommendations on what to read next, based on my son’s enjoyment of Septimus Heap and similar books. She suggested:
- Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and Greg Call
- Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith (came with “it’s spooky and very dark” warning)
- Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas, Antonio Javier Caparo
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (not a series, it’s a standalone book)
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio (not a series, it’s a standalone book, and apparently, it’s AMAZING, it was the NAIBA Book of the Year 2012 for Middle Readers)
Also, see a past post about The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, which is another great book for the 8 – 12 year olds in your life.