Great Books for 10-12 Year Old Boys

One of the kid’s lit groups I belong to was asking about books for 10-12 year old boys.  There are so many wonderful books for this age group.  If you know a young boy in this age group, here are a few new and old but good titles to consider.

Here are a few of my recommendations:

Morris Gleitzman
Toad Rage
Toad Away

Gary Paulsen
Dog Song
Escape From Fire Mountain

Michael Morpurgo
An Elephant in the Garden
Dear Ollie

Philip Pullman
I was a Rat,
The Homework Machine,
The Golden Compass and The Amber Spyglass (for sophisticated readers, but the 3rd book is rather dark)

Richard Scrimger
The Nose From Jupiter
A Nose for Adventure
From Charlie’s Point of View

Cornelia Funke
Inkspell  (the last in the series was quite dark)
she also has some books for younger readers but can’t recall names off hand

Kenneth Oppel
Silver Wing
Sun Wing (2 more in the series.  all are good)
Airborn (the first in a series but also works as a stand alone)

Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments
Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead  (quite tongue and cheek)
Invasion of the IQ Snatchers

Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events
(series plus the unauthorized autobiography which is very funny)

Do you have any must read titles to suggest?  If so, please post them in the comments.

Cornelia Funke’s List of 10 top fairytales

I came across this article about Cornelia Funke’s top ten list of fairytales in the Guardian.  I find it an interesting list.  I don’t think that most of us in North America would have much overlap, and some of them I haven’t even heard of.  My all time favorite fairytale, The Siix Swans, was on her list though.

1. The Goose Girl

2. The Six Swans

3. The Mistress of Copper Mountain

4. The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear

5. Gold Foot

6. The Nightingale

7. The Birthday of the Infanta

8. Donkeyskin

9. Merlin and Vivien, as told in Brittany

10. Dreamfighter and Other Creation Tales by Ted Hughes