It’s hard to find a book that doesn’t involve princess with hundreds of metres of hair, or chirping birds, or insipid evil villians. If a person wants to read a book it needs to be exciting. Right? Action (guns are nearly essential), fast paced, kids who aren’t perfect and get dirty, and a good splattering of blood. The perfect book right?
Being an action-and-guns-are-essential reader myself, I’d like to recommend a few books…
By Robert Muchamore
This book has it all — fighting, guns, shoplifting, kids whose middle names are “trouble”, spies, missions, poisonous jellyfish, Malyasian jungles, a cold, miserable Christmas Day, the worst obstacle course the world has ever known, karate, broken bones and bombs.
James is a 12 year old CHERUB agent. If he’s not in trouble, he’s probably not awake yet (and that’s probably putting off imminent punishment). He has to go through 100 days of gruelling training if he wants to put on a grey T-shirt and head off for his first mission. There are no dull moments in this book.
Minor Shark-Infested-Water: The characters have an acute case of uncontrollable swearing.
Looking for a laugh? Not only is this book jammed packed with ridiculous events, adventure and excitement, it’s hilarious. Once you pick up this book be prepared for snakes, a golem, a kid who is scared of everything (including pupaphobia, dentophobia, thalassophobia, and phobophobia), a really, really beautiful but evil girl, sharks, giant man-eating bugs, a hollow Uluru, a million dollars, a deadly kiss, and a battle to the death.
David MacAvoy (better now as Mack) is not cut out to be a hero. Even the thought is a joke. Except he’s apparently one of the Magnifica (whatever that is) and he’s destined to save the world. A creepy old man, who is green and grows mould on his fingernails, shows up and, after a few magic words, Mac is a part of something huge. If he’s not too scared to take it. You’ll have to laugh at this book.
The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan
By John Flanagan
Most medieval books may be overdone and dated, but this one is sure to keep you glued to the page (and laughing your head off as a bonus). This book has everything a cool medieval world should have: longbows, swords, fighting, battles, boar hunts, an impossible decision, a man with a deadly accurate aim, Kalkara, a bully, temptingly delicious pies, a shaggy horse called Tug, a crippling beating, an bronze oakleaf and a mottled green cloak. Once you start, there’s no putting this story down.
Fifteen year old Will is an orphan. On Choosing Day, his whole future is decided… And for him, there’s only one option. Battle school. Unfortunately, based on Will’s puny size, the Battle Master dismisses him. And a mysterious man in a mottled green cloak accepts him. Halt — Ranger of Araluen. If Will has what it takes, he could be a Ranger. And he might stop the assassination of the King.
Conspiracy 365: January
By Gabrielle Lord
It’s jammed packed with excitement, mysteries and danger. You won’t be able to blink without danger whizzing by. There’s action, a madman, something called the Ormond Singularity, shark attack, a helicopter rescue, a gunman, a terrible accident, disguises, a kidnapping, an imminent death, a mysterious lady, and running for your life.
Callam Ormond is fifteen and running for his life. He has 365 days to solve the mystery his father left behind. And Cal has 365 days to survive. Everyone and everything wants to kill him. If that’s not enough, he has no one to turn to for help. A madman told him he has 365 days to live. And, on the first of January, when his boat is sabotaged and starts to sink, Cal realizes there’s some truth to the warning.