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  1. Has Finn tried Brian Jacques? Jim Kjelgaard? G. A. Henty? (Rip-roaring historical fiction for boys)
    A few others:
    Marguerite Henry
    Walter Farley
    Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Edith Nesbit

  2. Has Finn tried Brian Jacques? Jim Kjelgaard? G. A. Henty? (Rip-roaring historical fiction for boys)
    A few others:
    Marguerite Henry
    Walter Farley
    Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Edith Nesbit

  3. My Harry Potter, Percy Jackson loving son also enjoys The Rangers Apprentice books and The History Keepers. Being as he is very dyslexic, I have been reading them aloud to him, and I have enjoyed them too and can highly recommend them.

  4. Diana Wynne Jones–start with the Chrestomanci books
    Lloyd Alexander
    Alex Garner — The Weirdstone of Brisingamen first
    John Bellairs
    William Sleator
    Trenton Lee Stewart– the Mysterious Benedict Society
    Terry Pratchett- Only You Can Save Mankind and the other kid titles
    Susan Cooper — the Dark is Rising
    Jonathan Stroud — The Screaming Staircase
    Edward Eager
    E. L. Konigsberg — From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Lian Tanner — Museum of Thieves
    Zilpha Keatley Snyder — The Headless Cupid
    Kate Thompson — The New Policeman
    Marissa Moss – The Pharaoh’s Secret
    Diane Duane — So YouWant to be a Wizard
    Some of these are American authors and may not be available in the UK but most are Brits

  5. This book sounds absolutely delightful and I just want to snuggle down and read it right now (I’m trying to beat a cold, so am drinking lots of tea and doing as much snuggling under blankets as I can manage with two littles at home). Surprisingly, my county library actually has it, so I’ve put in a request and will have it in a few days with any luck (they normally don’t have the sort of “quirky” books I like to read so this is a nice surprise).

  6. Oh, also, meant to pass on these suggestions for Finn, if he hasn’t read them already: Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence (I personally think The Dark Is Rising is the best–it’s the second book–but they are all good) and Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain. I also love Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s novel The Yearling, which is a coming-of-age story that takes place in my home state (Florida) so I’m a bit partial, but it also won a Pulitzer so it’s not just me. 🙂 If I think of any others I’ll let you know.

  7. Thank you, I believe I will! Sounds perfect!
    And, our twelve year old has recently discovered Sherlock Holmes. I have Ink heart on my bedside table, but . . . sigh . . . I am told it’s youth fiction. I haven’t read it yet so I don’t know whether it’s appropriate, but there is a movie.
    Happy reading Finley!

  8. I highly recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society for Finn. The books are brain puzzling and rather eccentric – loads of fun to read.

  9. It sounds delightful – I bought a Wendy Andrews book that was so beautifully illustrated it was a delight to read. I think some of the childrens books have such lovely artwork in them.
    I can’t help noticing that in the second quotation you have a link that seems out of place. It is a link for viagra, I think someone has hacked your writing somehow! Sorry to say, but I thought you might like to know.

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