It's We Recommend! In which we post a request that's been sent to us, and do our best to get that person the right book. Know a kid who needs a book to read? Send your request to thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com. Include his or her likes, dislikes, favorites, quirks, and any other reading information that might be helpful, and we will think on it, and pose it to our oh-so-helpful readers. And look in the comments—all the best recommendations are there.
Look, everyone: It's a veteran! She's asked us for help before, and she needs our help now (put on your capes, heroes).
You've helped Henry twice in the past and we've had some great recommendations! Like your other recent poster, I'm struggling to find things that are not too teenagey or adult in content but which still provide a decent challenge and that he won't rip through in an afternoon. After a recent holiday in which half my baggage allowance seemed to be taken up with his reading material, I'm also seriously considering investing in a Kindle for his Christmas present before our next trip, so I'd also appreciate any tips about books that seem to work particularly well in electronic format. He's currently blasting through the DJ McHale Pendragon series and loving those, and has snaffled Night Circus out of my Bookclub pile before I've even had chance to read it myself, pronouncing it 'brilliant'. I'll also definitely follow up on the Agatha Christie tip as I do remember loving those myself at about the same age. But any other suggestions for a voracious ten-and-a-half year old?
When in doubt, go silly. That's my feeling for the voracious bright reader who wants more interesting and engaging, but not necessarily more romance, which is the direction most books seem to grow up into. Silly is smart, and it's funny, and it gives kids a wide, wide world to grow into. I don't know quite how voracious this reader is, but when Diana was a voracious 10 year old, her teacher gave her this, and she never looked back:
As for a Kindle, I am all too familiar with the suitcase filled with hardcover books and its weighty presence. But. I find that both my children—one initially resistant, one initially extremely enthusiastic—have rejected the e-reader. They're happy enough to read fan fiction and other things online, but books? Books are books, as far as they're concerned, and the e-reader we got is in a drawer with a dead battery, ignored and unloved.
Are they alone in this? And what else should this dragon-loving 10-year-old read? Spill, in the comments.