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If you’re mischievous like Fred and George Weasley here are some other stories you’ll #LoveToRead...

23rd October 2017

When it comes to making mischief, Fred and George Weasley are never far away. The twin brothers of Harry Potter's best friend Ron love playing pranks and getting up to no good.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the boy wizard appearing in print, here are recommendations for good reads if you too love a bit of mischief.

Fred and George Weasley as played in the Harry Potter film franchise by James and Oliver Phelps

chosen by Kent Libraries - Which Witch by Eva Ibbotson

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
Furious fabulous fun!
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon chosen by Essex Libraries

Arriman the wizard sets out to find a wife so his dynasty can continue, but only the darkest and most fiendish will do. Cue a spell-casting competition with skulduggery and mischief, as any eligible witch within miles vies for the opportunity. Fun for all ages.

chosen by Staffordshire Libraries

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Although definitely not as likeable as Fred and George Weasley Mr and Mrs Twit play some pretty good tricks on each other. You have to keep on reading to find out just how bad the next trick is. My favourite trick? Wormy Spaghetti… just horrible!

chosen by Stockport Libraries

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Fred and George would love Skulduggery, a wise cracking, quick-witted detective. Oh yes, and dead. There’s action and adventure aplenty, complete with evil enemies and saving the world type problems to overcome.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Puzzles, tricks, and children who have a different way of looking at things. After sitting a series of mysterious tests a group of orphans find themselves on a top secret mission. Can their honesty, camaraderie and quick-wittedness save the day?

chosen by Gloucestershire Libraries

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Like Fred and George, the Borrowers are good-hearted, but not worried about using things for their own ends and causing mischief.

chosen by The Reading Agency

Boys Don’t Knit by Tom Easton

After 17 year-old Ben Fletcher gets caught up in a shoplifting/crossing guard incident, he ends up on probation, and as part of his community service he joins a knitting club. To maintain his reputation, he must keep the knitting secret, which gets difficult as he realises he’s really good at it. A great read for teenagers.

chosen by staff at Waterstones Bromley

The Person Controller by David Baddiel

Twins Fred and Ellie absolutely love video games. When a mystery man gives them a new controller, the discovery that it controls people will change EVERYTHING. A cracking good read from Baddiel, you won't be able to stop giggling at the hijinks the twins get up to!

Chosen by staff at West Sussex School Libraries, and Waterstones Bromley

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons

Superhero loving Luke picked the wrong time to need a wee – in the time it takes him to get back to the treehouse, an alien has given his older brother superpowers. Now Luke has to be the sidekick, can he keep his brother out of the clutches of the supervillains? Comedy gold with a great group of friends.

Some quick fire book suggestions...

Title Author Recommended by...
Dog Man Day Pilkey ExploreYork Libraries
Billionaire Boy David Walliams Manchester City Libraries
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Manchester City Libraries
Who Let The Gods Out Maz Evans Waterstones Bromley
Mysteries Series Marcus Sedgwick Raven ExploreYork Libraries

chosen by The Children's Bookshop Huddersfield

It began on Friday, as strange things often do. This particular Friday had been stranger than most, although it had started normally enough.
Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

Prankenstein by Andy Seed

Turbo charged stairlifts, exploding experiments, ink in the shower gel. Someone (or something) is playing pranks on Soapy’s family and friends and it is getting out of hand. Soapy and his friends embark on a spot of detective work to find the culprit, with surprising results.

chosen by The Bookshop Bridport

The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

Sometimes it parents that get things wrong, and when they do the Gigglers are on hand to punish them. There might be dog poo involved, but the giggler's themselves might not always get it right.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

Bean spends most of her time getting into trouble until a new girl moves in over the road. Ivy is particularly good at being in the right place at the right time to give Bean a great alibi and have loads of fun herself!

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chosen by Bookwagon Ltd

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Read this for a wealth of frogs, transformations and wickedly inventive spells and quests.

The Incredible Billy Wild by Joanna Nadin

In which a Dog and a boy can make magic happen in the most unlikely situation.

Mrs Mole, I'm Home! by Jarvis

You'd love to 'help' Mr Mole to his intended destination; wouldn't you?

chosen by The Arts Council

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Hilarity and mystery collide when friends meet for the first time.

Recommendations for older readers

chosen by Rochdale Libraries

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

This tells the tale of a family of performance artists who set up and perform some spectacular hoaxes – but it’s not as much fun as you would expect and life becomes difficult for the children who were raised by such madcap parents. A book for adult Harry Potter fans.