A few ideas :
The Companions Quartet - Julia Golding
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Touchstone Trilogy - Steve Augarde
Dark is Rsing series - Susan Cooper
Charlie Bone series - Jenny Nimmo
CS Lewis is a good idea.
I read the complete works of Shakespeare when I was 10, and all my friends had gone on overseas holidays for the summer, and I was bored and nosing around my dad's study, and spotted a set of matching books. I was into matching sets and things, so once I'd started I had to finish, even if I won't pretend to have understood everything that went on!
My 9 year old daughter loves Michael Morpurgo - not a series but he's written loads-and the beast quest series (hundreds of them) , also jaqueline wilson. Weirdstone of Brisingamen is great in the potter style.
otterline stories for the younger one maybe?
agree cs lewis is great
Take them to your local library, and introduce them to the children's section librarian. Ask which books are most in demand ... the librarian will probably be delighted to help.
Authors: Brian Jacques, Michael Morpugo are both great for kids.
Might be a little advanced for yours at their age, but the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve is superb.
Oh yes, and the Artemis Fowl books are a hoot.
Has anyone mentioned Roald Dahl?
The Borrowers? It might seem a bit old fashioned to them now, but it's a wonderful made up world. And there are about six books in the series.
I loved Michelle Magorian's novels from primary onwards, and they feel like "grown up" books which might appeal to the nine year old.
At the trashier end I used to inhale the Saddle Club books when I was 9 or so. And there are over 100 in the series. Probably will only appeal if they like horses though, as it's basically Jilly Cooper for girls who think horses are better than boys.
Ahh the Railway Children, I'm still disappointed that no one hosts races anymore where you have to run after paper trials. Although I'm ashamed to say that the film gets me more than the book, someone just has to say "Daddy, it's my daddy" in a Jenny Agutter voice and I well up.
There seems to be a split between relatively old classics and very new series. Were no good children's books written in the 90s?
Northern lights/subtle knife/amber spyglass by Philip Pullman
If they don't love them you will.
Good selection there. I'd just add:
Heidi (and follow ons)
Kipling - Puck of Pook's Hill sticks in the head, although there are others.
With Wobbled on the weepy bit at the end of the Railway Children.
Couldn't get on with any Tolkein, I'm afraid.
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