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November 17, 2009 @, 1:34 PM
Ten-year-old, a boy, was crazy for Potter, but wants something 'that could really happen.' Sounds sci-fi to me. Ideas?
November 17, 2009 @, 1:42 PM
Have you tried Michelle Pavel's 'Wolf Brother' series? About this Indian boy on an initiation journey with his father - when they are unexpectedly attacked by a gigantic bear - who isn't all that he seems... And poor little Torak (12 years old) finds himself alone in the forest, traumatised and injured and fighting for survival...
And it's very well written...
November 17, 2009 @, 1:46 PM
Ooo - and there's also Diana Wynne Jones 'Crestamanci' series - quirky, clever fantasy action-packed with great characters. She should be as famous as J.K. Rowling...
November 17, 2009 @, 4:02 PM
Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series is a blast. Some sneaky lessons in mythology in there too.
November 18, 2009 @, 8:01 AM
Katherine Jink's 'Evil genius' might work, its out in Pb, I'd look it over first.
Ten is a tricky age.
Michael D. Turner
'Psyched Up' in _Turn the other Chick_-ed. E. Friesner-Baen books
'Dutchman Rescue'in Continuum SF #6
'An Incident at Black Tongue Tavern' in _Bash Down the Door and Slice Open the Badguy_ from Fantasist Enterprises:
'Pink Plastic Flamingos''What Smitty Saw' 'Elvis's Space Alien Lovechild' 'Two Ravens''Rejection' (forthcoming) in Big Pulp
'Stains''Two ravens''Job Security' 'Yeti Yet' 'Characters in Flight'(forthcoming)in Tales of the Talisman 3-1 www.zianet.com/hadrosaur/index.html (http://www.zianet.com/hadrosaur/index.html)
'Morning Coffee''Happy Landings''Teller of Tales''Silver Shells''I'm tired of Bombs, and my dog is dead' 'One Dark Night'in Every Day Fiction
'The Jewel Below' 'Mo the Mountain' in Flashing Swords
Read 'Silver Shells' In The Best of Every Day Fiction
November 18, 2009 @, 6:12 PM
'Preciate the help. Now I've got to do some research on these. Thanks -- WB
November 19, 2009 @, 12:08 AM
Were itnot for that "something 'that could really happen'" caveat, I would have immediately said The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Oh oh oh I've got it: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Realistic YA novel that celebrates the power of imagination, friendship, first love, and bonding through shared fantasy. Also loss--the last time I read it I was thirty years old, and I still cried.Beautiful book.
http://knighterrors.blogspot.com The official serialization of Knight Terrors: The (Mis)Adventures of Smoke the Dragon, published by Abandoned Towers!
November 19, 2009 @, 7:41 AM
I'd second 'Evil Genius' and its sequel, I think it's 'Genius Squad.' There's a third one on the way. In that genre (anti-heroes) there's anything by Eoin Colfer = Artemis Fowl.
November 19, 2009 @, 8:05 AM
Ranger's Apprentice sword and sorcery series, by John Flannigan, written for ten year olds and up.
Bestselling Aussie/International author.
Available on Amazon and many bookshops.
(I just read the first book. It was enjoyable enough that I read it in one sitting.)
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