Reading Essentials: A freshly minted 12-year-old’s list for the rest of the world.

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This list was submitted by the younger resident bookworm. And it broke all rules. Well somewhat. First of all he refused to put just ten in the list and grudgingly stopped at thirty accusing me of being cruel,saying, “the left out books would feel so, well, left-out!” The second rule that was broken was that he had to be goaded to write something about them. Some amount of emotional blackmail was used there since he was adamant that, ‘good books do not need any description.’ Hence, the correspondent deservers all brickbats that are thrown her way. Secretly, she is very proud since she feels that the list is absolutely awesome as it cuts across age groups and genres. The most important rule remained unbroken – the list is his and no suggestions were given, though the foot was firmly put down after the thirtieth book snuck in.

  1. Phiss Phuss Boom by Anushka Ravishankar, Jerry Pinto and Sayoni Basu: It’s a book about farts, so it’s really funny.
  1. Flotsam by David Wiesner : Beautiful book. Told only in very detailed and wonderful illustrations.
  1. Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz : Explosive action and a wonderful plot.
  1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson : I just love the story. Very emotional.
  1. Little Foxes by Michael Morpurgo: A really sweet story about a boy who finds a family of foxes and takes care of them.
  1. The Quirks by Erin Soderberg: Tells the story of a family with weird (and wonderful) powers and their story of survival in a normal town.
  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: A boy crashes into an island and learns to survive
  1. Maze Runner by James Dashner: This one is set in a dystopian world and is absolutely gripping.
  1. One dog and his boy by Eva Ibbotson: A story about how a boy finds a mongrel and runs away.
  1. Alex the dog and the unopenable door by Ross Montgomery: A wonderful storyline featuring a talking dog.
  1. Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children by Con Iggulden: The ultimate story of winged creatures (not fairies).
  1. What If? : Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe: An absurd book for nerds and non-nerds alike.
  1. The legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer: You thought your librarian was mean? Think again!
  1. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks: A dark, compelling book. An essential for maze runner fans.
  1. Star Wars Jedi Academy – Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown: A story featuring a boy struggling through Jedi school
  1. Belle Prater’s boy by Ruth White: In which a boy searches for his mother. Beautifully told and one of my absolute favourites.
  1. The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson: Some yetis are found and the book tells us about their epic adventures.
  1. Magesterium : The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black: By far the best book I have read. A gripping adventure of a boy struggling through magic school.
  1. Flanimals by Ricky Gervais: A really funny book featuring classification of real awesome made-up animals, I mean flanimals.
  1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson: Can’t be described. Simply endearing.
  1. Tiffin by Mahatab Narsimhan: Tells the story of a boy who tries to locate his mum through a letter found in a lost tiffin box.
  1. Zom-B by Darren Shan: Ruddy good book.
  1. A brief history of pants by Kjartan Poskitt: Well, it’s a brief history of pants. Hence, funny!
  1. Flora and Ulysses by Kat DiCamillo : A hilarious yet touching story featuring a squirrel being accidently vacuumed up and gaining super powers. Must read.
  1. The First XI: Junior Premier League – Vol. 1 by Joy Bhattacharya : I just like it. Who wouldn’t? It is about cricket and that too with Junior teams.
  1. Middle School : House of Robots by James Patterson : A boy’s adventure in school with his “Robo-bro.” It is absolutely funny.
  1. Demon Dentist by David Walliams : I love all David Walliams books. They are utterly funny!
  1. Rules by Cynthia Lord: A very touching account of a girl’s life with her younger autistic brother. Loved it.
  1. Doll Bones by Holly Black: A very spooky book. I love scary ones. And this one rules.
  1. Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar: An absolutely hilarious book about a boy who finds a singing monster under his bed.

 Just like the elder one, the only thanks that this one is getting is unending supply of books. 

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