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12yo girl & 14yo boy


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#1 bees-knees

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

My big kids both read quite a bit and I'm trying to come up with ideas for books to buy for Christmas and also ones to look out for at the library.

12yo daughter had enjoyed:
Harry potter series
Twilight series
Lemony snicket series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
I went through my own books (at her request) looking for something she could borrow and she read Marley & me, and also My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult). I also let her read the new Jodi Picoult which she wrote with her daughter, which I think was written for that pre-teen age group. She would like to read some more Jodi Picoult, but I think most if them are just too old for her.

14yo son is a sports nut, and that influences his reading a lot. He loved the Specky Magee books when he was younger and also liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He has read a few biographies he liked, mostly cricket or footy players, but he read comedian Anh Do's autobiography and really enjoyed that.

Anyone have any suggestions to keep them entertained over the Summer holidays?

Edited by bees-knees, 01 December 2012 - 09:30 AM.


#2 José

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:58 AM

How about tomorrow when the war began?

#3 EsmeLennox

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:05 AM

Yes, The Tomorrow series is great.
The Hunger Games is hugely popular.
Skulduggery Pleasant series
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel series.



#4 bees-knees

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:16 AM

Bugger, I knew I forgot something big.

Yep, she read and loved the "tomorrow" series and hunger games series

Thanks for the suggestions.

Edited by bees-knees, 01 December 2012 - 10:17 AM.


#5 EsmeLennox

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:35 AM

How about Artemis Fowl?
Our Australian Girl series?

Also, oldies but goodies, Judy Blume books.

Oh and the Obernewtyn seis by Isobelle Carmody.

Edited by Jemstar, 01 December 2012 - 10:38 AM.


#6 danielle1985

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

These are 2 young adult fantasy books the I enjoyed although most of her other books are pretty age appropriate anyway.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Wildwood-D...r/9780375844744

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Cybeles-Se...r/9780553494860

#7 EsmeLennox

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

Garth Nix books are also pretty popular with boys around 13-14.. The keys to the kingdom series and the seventh... Something or other (can't remember the full name).

#8 kadoodle

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

Roald Dahl?  

My DD1 (10yo) is loving Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card ATM.  I'm going to introduce her to Tolkien once she's finished that.

#9 aidensmum

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

The knife of never letting go is part of a trilogy I read with my son last summer.  Series is called Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. Got it at library. Bit like Hunger Games.

#10 mumto3princesses

Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

Hunger Games is good. My 13yr old DD#1 liked it.

Has she read The Host? Its by Stephenie Meyer and the movie will be soming out soon.

I can't help with boys my poor DH and FIL are the only boys in our family. LOL



#11 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

Have you tried any of the classics?
My DD15 and DS13 have read lots of these - eg:
Little Women, Huckleberry Finn,Moby d*ck, Wuthering Heights, Swiss Family Robinson, Famous Five, Ann of Green Gables.
Edited for Spelling


Edited by zlca_mummy, 02 December 2012 - 11:06 AM.


#12 BadCat

Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

Ranger's Apprentice series - John Flanagan
Magician series - Raymond Feist

Edited by BadCat, 02 December 2012 - 11:17 AM.


#13 raone

Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:18 AM

When I was that age I loved Christopher Pike books. They all have twist endings. I actually started collecting them I liked them so much and there are heaps of them.

#14 Futhermore

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

'Dragon Keeper' series by Carole Wilkinson is fabulous.
'Parvana'and 'Parvana's Journey' by Deborah Ellis

#15 :-) Bec

Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

Conspiracy 365 series - I work in a school library and next to Wimpy, it is very popular. Also the Cherub series.

#16 CallMeFeral

Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

A bit old fashioned but I loved the Narnia series right through my childhood. Heck I still do wub.gif
And Dianna Wynne Jones is amazing - better than Harry Potter I believe, but probably less marketable. I liked her Chrestomanci series but most things by her were excellent.
I remember reading Nicholas Fisk too at that age. Weird but really drew you in.

#17 anikal

Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

My now 10 and 14 year old boys have loved the Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the Guiness World Records year books for a few years now. For your 14 year old, maybe Bear Grylls autobiography.



#18 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

Might be a bit late, but following on from the tomorrow series is the ellie chronicals, which is 3 books.

#19 Futhermore

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

I was rather disapointed with how the Ellie chronicles ended TBH, I'm not going to recomend them to my daughter when she reads the tomorrow books.

SPOILER TO FOLLOW:







After Ellie being such a strong female character who didn't follow gender roles and didn't sit on the sidelines while the boys did the thinking and fighting, she ends up settling to be a stay at home mum to her boyfriend's siblings and Gavin.  It was a bit of a WTF?? ending.

Edited by ~maryanne~, 03 December 2012 - 05:35 PM.


#20 tres

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

http://www.insideadog.com.au/

This is a good place to see what teens are reading.

#21 somila

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:43 PM

Some of the "younger" Terry Pratchett books?  e.g. The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky.

#22 jofisk

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:31 PM

Your 12 yr DD might enjoy Tamora Pierce's books. She has written several series.  I read her first series when I was 13-15 yrs and still enjoy her book now.

Both my girls have enjoyed listening to her books on CD over the last holidays.

#23 Raticataticus

Posted 08 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

John Green is a fantastic young adult author who has written some wonderful books.

I would suggest: Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Looking For Alaska.

Also The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by  Stephen Chbosky are both great and something I would have enjoyed at that age.




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