Since I am not self-publishing my book, The Book of Thoth, before Christmas, I thought I would create a list of alternative reads, recommended by my children (aged 9, 12 and 14 years). Amazon categorises as 9-11 years and 12-16 years. Waterstone’s has the following age guide: 5-7 years, 7-9 years, 9-11 years and 12-16 years.
There will be some overlap, and it will be dependent on reading ability. I found that my eldest child was happy to read older aged books when he was 8, yet my younger two, preferred to stick to 5-8 year old books even when they were 9, so I had to find suitable books to encourage them to move up to the 9+ books. As long as your child is reading, it doesn’t matter if it takes them a bit longer before they tackle the older books, but I will try to provide some examples of books to try, if they are reluctant to move up to the longer books. Another thing to consider is that some of the older books may have swearing or references to sex.
My age ranges are not official! The books are just a selection of the masses of books out there, but ones that my children would recommend.
Beast Quest Series by Adam Blade (age 7+) – good books to start with for those moving up to read longer books.
Enid Blyton’s Adventure series (The Island of Adventure, The Castle of Adventure etc.) Age 7+ – no sex or swearing. Good books to start with for those moving up to read longer books.
Malory Towers Series by Enid Blyton (Age 7+) – good books to start with for those moving up to read longer books. No sex or swearing.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (age 8+) – good books to start with for those moving up to read longer books. No sex or swearing, but mild rudeness.
How to Train Your Dragon Series (age 8+) – good books to start with for those moving up to read longer books.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (age 7+) – good book to start with for those moving up to read longer books.
Harry Potter Books – the first two books are shorter and suitable from aged 8+. The rest of the books in the series are a lot longer and may be a bit daunting for those that have just moved up to the 8+/9+ level. There is mild swearing in some of the books. No sex but references to snogging as Harry gets older.
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (age 9+) – no sex but references to snogging as Percy gets older in the series.
Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (age 9+) – similar to Percy Jackson.
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (age 11+) – the characters are older so more snogging.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (age 9+) – starts off suitable for 9+ but as the series progresses it gets more violent, so more suitable for 11-14years.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (age 9+) – no sex or swearing but a lot of sadness!
Artemis Fowl Series (age 9+) – more suited to 11+ as the books are quite long. Contains elvish (elfin or elfish?) swearing!
The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens (age 10+) – suitable for younger, confident readers too. No sex or swearing.
Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore (age 9+) – contain sex and violence. I have copied the following from http://www.muchamore.com/faqcherub.htm#cb11
My books are primarily aimed at kids aged 11+ and the majority of my readers are aged between 12 & 14. These are the content guidelines I use for CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys:
1. There are no sexual swear words in the books. Each book has roughly the same number of mild swear words in it (yes we count them every time!).
2. Characters (including the main character from CHERUB book 8 onwards) do have sex and issues such as contraception and sexually transmitted diseases are touched on. However, there is no explicit depiction of sexual acts beyond kissing and non-genital touching.
3. Other controversial subjects such as drug abuse, human slavery, brainwashing etc are depicted in the books. Although individual characters may espouse this behaviour in specific scenes, the overall message of the story is always that these forms of behaviour are completely unacceptable.