I like to read a lot of children’s books and there are so many of different genres that I’d love to recommend. I suppose, in order to recommend books that share commonalities with The Elder Throne, I’d have to break down what those commonalities might be. Here goes…
FANS OF URBAN FANTASY (hidden magical worlds)
|The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Obviously. I still consider this series a must for any child who loves magic and great characters.
Harry Potter is no ordinary boy, he is the boy who lived, the wizard whose name everyone in the magical world knows and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin and life for Harry Potter will never be the same again.
An utter classic.
|The Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy
Urban fantasy with a fantastic female protagonist (and a witty-as-all-get-out skeleton).
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).
Oh yeah. And dead.
Then there’s his sidekick, Stephanie. She’s… well, she’s a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…
| His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Classic multi-world fantasy that everyone should read.
Lyra Silvertongue is the heroine everyone needs to meet; Will Parry is the friend everyone needs to have. Plus, cross-dimensional travel, polar bears, witches, and souls in the shape of animals who talk.
What more could you possibly want?
FANS OF MYTHOLOGY
|The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
A world centred around Greek mythology, with all the daring heroes, blood feuds and curses that implies.
Percy Jackson was just a normal kid until he accidentally vaporised his maths teacher. Now he fights monsters and generally struggles to stay alive because he’s the son of the Greek God Poseidon.
Half human, half god, all hero.
FANS OF FAERIES
|The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Amazing fun and delightfully wicked.
12-year-old villain Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit).
|The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi
Something for the younger readers out there.
When the Grace children moved into the old, abandoned Spiderwick Mansion, little did they realise that their lives would never be the same again. Having uncovered a fantastical world of sprites, faeries and goblins there’s no turning back.
FANS OF MYSTERY / DETECTIVE ADVENTURES
|Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
A stylistic and stylish return to the old “boarding school” adventure books of my youth…
At Deapdean School for Girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have set up their own detective agency. But they are struggling to find any real crimes to investigate… until Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. To add to the mystery, when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place.
|The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
I love this series and so does everyone I know who has read it.
Fourteen-year-old Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6. Armed with secret gadgets, he is sent to investigate Herod Sayle, a man who is offering state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers to every school in the country. But the teenage spy soon finds himself in mortal danger.
|The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene
An oldie-but-a-goodie, The Nancy Drew Series was one of my childhood loves.
It might be a bit outdated for child, but if they’re open-minded about reading about a girl who doesn’t live in the modern world, but kicks butt in her own era, then this is definitely worth a shot.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
A bundle of miserable fun, with a trio of siblings with wit, wisdom and fortitude well beyond their years.
|The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Atmospheric and unique story, well worth trying.
Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree.
The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
FANS OF DIVERSITY / REPRESENTATION
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Auggie Pullman is 10-year-old boy with ‘Treacher-Collins syndrome’ – and follows him through his first school year, having been educated at home before now.
It’s a book that focuses largely on other people’s reactions to him, and is a highly recommended read.
|One by Sarah Crossan
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins who want to be looked at as two individual people.
A beautifully written tale, well deserving of the Carnegie Medal it won.
|None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
This is technically a YA but I would highly recommend it regardless.
A wonderful, eye-opening book about Intersex people and the trials that come with a mid-adolescence identity crisis, all wrapped up in a concise, easy-to-digest novel with a compelling protagonist.
FANS OF FEMALE PROTAGONISTS
|The Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson
A beautifully written, appealing high fantasy story that I enjoyed when I was thirteen and still enjoy today.
In the walled city state of Aramanth, rules are everything. When Kestrel Hath dares to rebel, the Chief Examiner humiliates her father and sentences the whole family to the harshest punishment. Desperate to save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer, and she and her twin brother, Bowman, set out on a terrifying journey to the true source of evil that grips Aramanth.
|See also (as above):||His Dark Materials, Skulduggery Pleasant, Murder Most Unladylike and One.|
JUST PLAIN FUN
|My Brother is a Superhero Series by David Solomons
Honestly, the joy I get from this book series is indescribable. I’m nearly thirty and I pre-order every new book in the series because I want to get it as soon as possible.
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’ s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’ s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.