Friday, February 5, 2010

What Would You Recommend? - Alex Rider, Maximum Ride, Cherub

This is a question I get asked all the time working in the bookstore: "What would you recommend for somebody who loved "_________"? (fill in the blank)" Usually I can come up with something, but that something can be a bit of a wild guess if it's not a book or genre I normally read. This is where you helpful people come in. If you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it.


Not quite "What would you recommend?" this time around, but similar. I've been recommending the above series interchangeably to people who like one or the other of them, but I've started to wonder for the younger readers if the content levels are the same. The reading level looks similar to me, but I haven't read any of the books. I'm recommending them simply based on how many times I've had customers ask me about them (and the positive reviews I've seen on blogs I read).

Why I'm asking is because at the store I work at, Stormbreaker (and the rest of the Alex Rider series) is located in the 9-12 year old's section. The Maximum Ride series and the Cherub series is found under "teens". Are there likely to be any issues with recommending them interchangeably?

And then, there are the kids who've read them all already. What other suggestions could I make? I've been (when I remember) recommending the Young James Bond series, but I don't know of any other books or series I could recommend as well. What would you recommend?
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