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 – (we are now on book 3 – AWESOME)
- 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 – I have read this, and it’s pretty good!)
- 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) – (I have since read this, and it made me cry. Great book, very touching.)
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. We all read this as a family and loved it!
UPDATE 5/29/13: The Books of Umber Trilogy, starting with Happenstance Found by P.W. Cantanese. I am reading these (just finished book 2 – Dragon Games) and loving them! Great fantasy action/adventure with good world-building (with some darkness and evil to keep it interesting), for 9-12 year olds! Strongly recommended!
UPDATE 7/1/14: Dead End in Norvelt and From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos are well-written, funny books, and great for kids (especially boys) in the 10-13 age range. However, they have “A Christmas Story”-esque humor, so it can get a bit inappropriate, a little old fashioned (in the best way possible) and there are guns in the story (I know a lot of people who are sensitive about mentions of guns in kid stories, thus the warning).