Some of you may remember when my oldest son Ronan became my first guest-blogger last year with his Ten Books for Ten-Year-Olds (Recommended by a Ten-Year-Old). I’m excited to welcome this voracious reader back again to share eleven books for eleven-year-olds, now that he’s a year older and hundreds of books deeper in his reading repertoire. Ronan recently started his own (private) blog in which he writes about cats, books, D&D, video games, and as he puts it, “all things geek.” I’m excited to have him here today!
Also, keep an eye out next week for my youngest son Liam’s first guest post – you guessed it – Nine Books for Nine-Year-Olds!
Hi, I’m Ronan and I’m here with a post that introduces eleven books I recommend for eleven-year-olds, or anyone of any age willing to expand their literary palates. Here they are, in no particular order.
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
by Brian Katcher
When an academic girl meets a fun-loving, nerdy boy at a comic con on a quest to find her lost brother, a series of strange events follows. A great book that references a lot of geek culture, including Star Wars, RPGs, trading card games and other geek stuff.
by Christopher Paolini
If you do not read this book you are missing out on a good portion of life. I named my cat after this book. Also, here is my cat:
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles is about a girl who faces the side effects of a world-wide catastrophe that effects the entire population. An awesome, if sometimes confusing book that is a must read for anyone that watches Doctor Who.
See You at Harry’s
by Jo Knowles
A very sad book about a girl named Fern who feels alone in a busy family managing a struggling ice cream business. When a family tragedy happens, Fern wonders if her family will ever find happiness again. Don’t forget your tissues!
by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
There are only two books so far in this series and I’m waiting for the next book. These are amazing books about a boy with an injured leg who is accepted into a school of magic. But it’s NOT Harry Potter! (Harry Potter is also awesome though). The books have a powerful plot and a surprising twist.
by Randall Munroe
A hilarious book in which web comic author Randall Munroe explains complicated stuff in simple words, like cells (“tiny bags of water”) or ISS (“shared space house”).
The Amazing Spider Man (the new version)
by Dan Slott (writer) and Humberto Ramos (illustrator)
Following an already dramatic story line, the Amazing Spider-Man learns new things about the spider that gave him his powers and the future of all of the Spider-Men in the world.
Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A beautiful book where a girl genius named Willow faces emotional struggles when her parents die. Again, with the tissues.
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
A dystopian novel about an evil future in which the president has split the population into twelve districts. Every year, two children from each district must face each other in a fight to the death as a punishment for an earlier rebellion against the wealthy Capitol. When the main character Katniss learns that her sister has been chosen for the games, she volunteers to go in her place, setting off an unexpected series of events.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
This book has an amazing author and story in which a boy raised by ghosts tries to understand the world outside of the graveyard that is his home.
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
When a group of children find a wardrobe in a mansion where they are staying during the London Blitz, they are surprised that it leads to another world filled with magic and mystery. The children become unlikely heroes aided by a mystical talking lion who travel to stop villains from corrupting the magical land of Narnia.