Luke’s Books 1

My almost 10 year old son, Luke, hasn’t really had a “look” in here so here’s a selection of his recent acquistions.

For Easter I got him a wonderful set of 10 Usborne True Stories, some of which are shown on the left.  He is currently intrigued by anything to do with World War II, guns, warships, spies and this set are ideal for age 9-12 – he is dipping in and out of 4 of the titles at the moment!  His Granny (prompted by me) gave him Jo Nesbo’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder – I’m not entirely sure if some men ever grow out of toilet humour – ahem!   Recent charity shop finds included 2 excellent DK information books about warships and aircraft (can’t beat 50p each for like new books!) and Jeremy Strong’s My Granny’s Great Escape – Jeremy Strong can do no wrong is my motto!

Luke has two current fiction reads (more than I could manage, I’m a strictly monogamous reader…),  Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is his in school read although he also reads it at home using the copy from my TBR pile – I love the fact we can read the same books now. :-) – and Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll, the second in the Guild of Specialists trilogy.  The latter is a fabulous book for boys of Luke’s age who like adventure and possibly lean more towards non-fiction thanks to its presentation as it is more like an artefact than a work of fiction, with lots of realia including maps, photographs, newspaper clippings and other information.   It reminded me of The Selected Works of T S Spivet by Reif Larsen but it has a lot more action!

Last but not least, Luke got half of a prize I won from Lucy Coat’s blog http://scribblecitycentral.blogspot.com/ , two of the Greek Beasts and Heroes series, The Monster in the Maze and The Magic Head – these are beautifully illustrated short adaptations of Greek myths, a subject which has always attracted me and you really can’t beat a bit of Minotaur when it comes to attracting boys to books!  (sorry, that was not meant to sound sexist..).  Eva has claimed the more girly parts of the prize,  if Greek myths can ever be considered girly..but it proves a welcome change from fairies and magic rabbits and unicorns…  Lucy was also kind enough to individually dedicate each book to them and the fact they were delivered in separate parcels addressed to them individually was a very welcome bonus – thank you again, Lucy. :-) 

Just to add that I’ve just discovered Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines series today after seeing his latest book nominated for the Carnegie Medal – I think these would be right up Luke’s street – yay! 

I’m always interesed to read what other folk’s children, pupils, grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc are reading so any suggestions/comments are very much appreciated. :-)  And if you have any specific recommendations for 9-12 boys who have an aversion to Harry Potter and any of those other wizardish books, please let us know…ps I like HP myself…

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5 Comments

  1. Stujallen says:

    i ve just got a offside by tom palmer to review its for youngsters a football detective ,got sent it cos i like football and set in africa ,looks great

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Stu. Unfortunately, like his dear old Dad, he detests football! There seem to be a lot of football themed books out there to encourage boys to read – I think Steampunk Junior is probably going to be his genre! Enjoy the footy. :-)

  3. Nymeth says:

    Skulduggery Pleasant is on my own tbr pile! It sounds like such a fun book. As for recommendations, hm, how about Terry Pratchett’s The Bromeliad? It’s fantasy (with a mix of sci-fi thrown in), but no wizards :P

  4. admin says:

    Unfortunately his mum, ie moi!, has an aversion to Pratchett..I will try to overcome this for the sake of my children! ;-)

  5. Bruce says:

    Skulduggery Pleasant is on my own tbr pile! It sounds like such a fun book. As for recommendations, hm, how about Terry Pratchett’s The Bromeliad? It’s fantasy (with a mix of sci-fi thrown in), but no wizards :P

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