Dimwitted wrote:John Christopher's stuff is good. It's hard because it all depends on the reading level. If he's at all a reader he's probably pretty close to adult stuff now. Asimov, Niven, Bishop, the Aspirin anthologies, MacCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, the list goes on.
If it was me, all I'd get him was a library card.
Gabriel Girard wrote:Just remembered Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, Lois Lowry's The Giver as well as any book by Robert Cormier (The Chocolate War)). I think Ursula Le Guin also has a few books appropriate for teens. Oh and Jules Verne of course. The best thing about reading at that age is that, once he gets into it, he will probably start looking for information himself and, once he's read a few different books, he'll start knowiing what he likes. I remember reading stuff like Jurassic Park or The Firm at that age - they're not really considered teen books, but they aren't that adult either. As I said it always depends on the level of maturity of the teen and on his personnal taste of course. I started reading Stephen King in grade 7, but then I started digging into Nietzsche by grade 10 or 11, most 16 year olds won't do that
Polynikes wrote:Historical novels: try The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. If he reads it now, he will be in time for the film which is due to be released early next year, I believe. I would also recommend Henry Treece's Viking trilogy (Viking's Dawn,The Road to Miklagard and Viking's Sunset[/b], or The Queen's Brooch(set in the time of Boadicea). If he is an advanced reader for his age, Mary Renault's books (e.g. The King Must Die) would be another recommendation. Away from the classical world, try Ian Seraillier The Silver Sword or Anna Holme's I am David, both set in occupied Europe in World War Two.
How about Erich Kastner's Emil and the Detectives and The Flying Classroom?
To Kill A Mockingbird just in case it has not already been recommended, ditto The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
Hugh Walters for science fiction, but he may be a little old for those books.
Of the modern authors (who should be simple to find), Philip Pullman is always praised to the skies, but I have not read his works. Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series is highly thought of too.
I hope you manage to track some of the older works down. They are worth the effort. I wish my 11 year old would read them, but he turns them down, probably on principle because I am recommending them, therefore they must be boring.
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