Essential reading for every boy aged 11. Regardless of
genre, format, length and how dull the cover looks, every
one is a winner. Go on, you know you want to read them...

The wolves of Willoughby Chase
by Joan Aiken (1962)
First book in the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series
Fire, bed and bone
by Henrietta Branford (1997)
Over sea, under stone
by Susan Cooper (1965)
First book in the Dark is rising series
by Zizou Corder (2003)
First book in the Lion boy series
by Roald Dahl (1984)
First book in his autobiographical series

Joey Pigza swallowed the key
by Jack Gantos (1998)
First book in the Joey Pigza series
Two weeks with the queen
by Morris Gleitzman (1989)
The long walk
by Kerry Greenwood (2004)

by Robert Hoge (2015)
I am David
by Anne Holm (1963)
by Brian Jacques (1986)
First book in the Redwall series
by Michael Morpurgo (2010)
War horse
by Michael Morpurgo (1982)
First book in the Warhorse series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
by Jenny Nimmo (2002)
First book in the Children of the Red King series
Island of the blue dolphins
by Scott O'Dell (1960)
First book in the Island of the blue dolphin series
by Gary Paulsen (1989)
First book in the Hatchet series
A long way from Chicago
by Richard Peck (1998)
First book in the Grandma Dowdel series
Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
by Rick Riordan (2005)
First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
by Louis Sachar (1998)
First book in the Holes series

The invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick (2007)

The silver sword
by Ian Serraillier (1956)
The bad beginning
by Lemony Snicket (1999)
First book in the Series of unfortunate events series

Roll of thunder, hear my cry
by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)
Second book in the Logan family saga series
Can be read & loved without having read the previous book in this series

Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa (2002)
by Eleanor Updale (2003)
First book in the Montmorency series