and would you recommend them to your own hypothetical kids.
aged 10-13ish I was into:
Harry Potter, would find them annoying and overly long now but was obsessed at the time, in hindsight some good & bad aspects to them.
HDM, these were great obv, have reread them a couple of times since.
was well into the Artemis Fowl series, at least the first few of these were good, quite imaginative and funny
Alex Rider books and some even worse spy series, young James Bond and those ones by Robert Muchamore
Loads of those Darren Shan demon ones, not great but enjoyably violent and gruesome for kids books
Legendeer trilogy by Alan Gibbons. think these were alright, enjoyed the Greek mythology stuff.
Judy Blume Fudge books. might’ve been a bit younger when I read these but they are timeless
Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend, funny and good
those Philip Ardagh Eddie Dickens books. thought they were hilarious, would probably still find them funny. Great illustrations by David Roberts:
. was also weirdly into those stupid parody books like Bored of the Rings (had never read the original so didn’t know what they were referencing) and Barry Trotter. in general read more than most of my mates but had quite typical teenage boy tastes I think