I need book recommendations!

I need your help. I am looking for book recommendations for a 10 year old boy. He's a reluctant reader and I want to get him fired up about reading. Here are some books that have interested him in the past:

Percy Jackson and the
Lightening Thief Graphic Novel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

As far as genres are concerned he seems to like fantasy the most but I'm open to any and all suggestions. If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Thank you!


  1. I would recommend the book, no more dead dogs. It is good for around fifth grade and up. My son, who had a hard time reading, really enjoyed it.

  2. Perhaps the Artemis Fowl series would be a good one to try. I've also got a couple of MG books coming up for review that I can let you know about, if you like. Other than that, I'm drawing a blank at the moment. :-)

  3. @Debbie, I've not heard of that one but I'll definitely check it out! Thanks for the recommendation.

    @Marla, that would be great! We have tried the Artemis Fowl a few months ago and he wasn't into it. It's really hit or miss with him.

  4. Absolutely on the Artemis Fowl series - I've read them all and love them. :)

    You might also look into:

    The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix.

    A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket.

    The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson.

    The Cirque Du Freak series by Daren Shann.

    The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.

    The Young James Bond series by Charlie Higson.

    Hope he finds something he likes. My son was slow to read and it hurt my heart. LOL The first series to grab his attention was Capt. Underpants then he moved on to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the next thing I knew, he was reading Harry Potter. :)


  5. My 9, almost 10 yr old is reading The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens and seems to be enjoying it.

    Also what about Peter nible and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. I just recieved this one for review, but have not read it yet. It has had some wonderful reviews!

    Also what about The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series(The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock) I have read the first 3 and they are really good!

  6. I second Septimus Heap. They look really long and hard, but they're actually quick reads for the number of pages.

    Nancy Farmer's a great author, too, with House of the Scorpion, The Ear the Eye and the Arm, and The Sea of Trolls and its sequel.

    If he wants to try some older books, there's the Dr. Dolittle series, Mr. Popper's Penguins (which just got made into a movie!), and The Phantom Tollbooth.

    Kenneth Oppel and Brian Jacques' books

    Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series kind of goes with Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl

    Mimus by Lilli Thal was one of my favorite books of 7th grade.

    Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale and Alfred Kropp books by Rick Yancey

    OK, I'll stop now. I've about gone through most of my GoodReads list of fantasy books, anyway.

    But, for when he gets older: my younger brother (age 15) picked up Going Bovine, The Hunger Games, Enclave, and Ready Player One after I finished them and absolutely loved them.

  7. Try the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Book 1 is titled Magyk. really enjoyed this series! :)

  8. Ranger's Apprentice series is great. (I read it on the recommendation of a 10 year old boy!)

    Artemis Fowl series is one of my favorites. (I own the series. Also a rec. from a young boy.)

    "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler."

    The Keys of the Kingdom is good. (I'm on book 3)

    The Indian in the Cupboard series.

  9. @Michelle Greathouse, Tracy H, SusieBookworm, Cherry and Melissa Buell:
    Thank you for your recommendations. I've written them all down and I'm going to have J look at them with me. I hope he can find something he likes. I'll most likely end up reading a few myself. LOL

  10. I would suggest The Book Thief or the Encyclopedia Brown books.

    The Giver is also an option but that may be a little old for him, but the characters in it are around his age.

  11. Thanks Jenn,
    I've been thinking about the Encyclopedia Brown series also. I've heard great things about The Giver also. Thanks for the recommendations.

  12. emerald atlas. i've heard its like the next HP and the first chapter i read was awesome!

  13. How about The Hobbitt ? Since he's into fantasy. Or The Chronicles of Narnia.And lastly, Lemony Snicket. Good Luck.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. Thanks for your recommendations Carol. We've tried The Chronicles of Narnia but he couldn't get into it although he loves the movies. LOL

  15. You have so many good recommendations, you're boy's going to be busy going on all these adventures! We actaully have a middle-grade book called Dartboard. It's about treasure hunts, Caribbean islands, mysteries, and high speed boat chases...pretty much sounds like a man movie- explosions included. He should like it :) Check out the synopsis here: http://bookstore.tltpublishing.com/products-page/adventure/dartboard/


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