8 Books Worth Building Your Own Flashlight For

A word from Liam's Mom:
This list was compiled by my 11-year-old son Liam, who enjoys reading in bed after he’s supposed to be asleep.  He’ll sneak a flashlight under the covers, and if we confiscate that? He’ll construct one from his Snap Circuits Electronics Kit. Really.

Below are his recommendations, along with a quote from him about each book. I hope you enjoy them.


Artemis Fowl Boxed Set

by Eoin Colfer

Liam says:
This is a great series about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind and a bunch of fairies who live 50 miles underground.


Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

by Georgia Byng

Liam says:
English kids with awesome powers, pugs, evildoers, chases; what's not to like?


The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher

by Bill Harley

Liam says:
Kid finds bike. Kid jumps on bike. Bike flies away with kid. Bill Harley is a great author, and great singer and songwriter too.



by Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams

Liam says:
Indiana Jones-type archeology in modern times done by a 12-year-old kid, with a bit of magic.


Skulduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy, illustrated by Tom Percival

Liam says:
Forces of evil versus a talking fireball-throwing skeleton.


Chet Gecko's Big Box of Mystery: Three Hilarious Capers: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse, The Mystery of Mr. Nice, and Farewell, My Lunchbag

by Bruce Hale

Liam says:
An awesome series about a 5th-grade gecko detective and his wisecracking mockingbird partner, Natalie Attired.


The Secret of Stoneship Woods

by Rick Barba

Liam says:
Four kids — Cyril Wong, Lucas Bixby, Jake Bixby, and Lexi Lopez — find an abandoned outpost in the middle of Stoneship Woods, holding the coolest gear in the world.


Warriors: The New Prophecy Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6

by Erin Hunter

Liam says:
You don't know how organized feral cats can be. After being separated from the rest of Thunderclan, Greystripe has to learn to survive on his own, without becoming a kitty-pet.