Essential reading for every boy aged 12. 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...

   
Skellig
by David Almond (1998)
First book in the Skellig series








The spook's apprentice
by Joseph Delaney (2004)
First book in the Wardstone chronicles series

   
Parvana
by Deborah Ellis (2000)
First book in the Breadwinner series








The Sea of Trolls
by Nancy Farmer (2004)
First book in The Sea of Trolls series
   
The ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan (2004)
First book in the Ranger's apprentice series
   
The snow goose
by Paul Gallico (1940)
   
Smith
by Leon Garfield (1967)
   
Once
by Morris Gleitzman (2005)
First book in the Felix and Zelda series
   
The silver donkey
by Sonya Hartnett (2004)
   
The book of everything
by Guus Kuijer (2004)
   
The call of the wild
by Jack London (1900)
   
The giver
by Lois Lowry (1993)
First book in the Giver series
   
Wolf brother
by Michelle Paver (2004)
First book in the Chronicles of ancient darkness series
   
Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone
by J.K. Rowling (1997)
First book in the Harry Potter series



The amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud (2003)
First book in the Bartimaeus series
   
The new policeman
by Kate Thompson (2005)
First book in the Liddy series








Cue for treason
by Geoffrey Trease (1940)
   
Blueback
by Tim Winton (1997)