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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by AJ Love, Nov 11, 2016.
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein if he's an advanced reader...
I really appreciate all the responses. Checking out several of these
8th Grade. We actually got him to give Harry Potter a try tonight, and so far so good. He seemed put off by how many pages it is, at first. I told him "just give it a try, if you like it you might be glad it isn't a short book"
We read Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone in 6th grade, circa 1999, as a class project...right when the whole HP book craze was taking off. The last one came out when I was a freshman in college, and I'm still hooked. It's a very good series, getting a little darker and deeper with each progressive installment...very addicting to read as well, and I'm not a huge reader.
The Harry Potter series
The Hunger Games series
The Divergent series
The Lord of the Rings series
Goosebumps - books
maybe this one?....
Lots of good suggestions here.
Does he like technology? If he's not into other reading but you want him doing something that's reading, good for the brain, and good for skills look into Arduino. One of my sons has not been into reading novels like his siblings but the Arduino starter kit got him reading, learning a lot and making things.
I realize that suggestion is not getting a kid to read novels but it's got one of our 3 kids reading a lot and reading decent stuff.
If he's interested in physics, The Universe and Dr. Einstein is excellent. Short but powerful.
Also, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein is a good introduction to SciFi, IMHO.
When I was 13 I read Dune by Frank Hebert. This was long before the movie... I loved it.
If you think he might be up for it, try some Vonnegut. Welcome to the Monkey House is great because it's short stories, so it doesn't require a large time commitment to get hooked.
I second that. Speculative fiction is wonderful for developing the mind & the imagination.Bradbury is second to none.
If the subject is mature for his age, consider Harlan Ellison. A writer of great skill, imagination, & heart, a little dark compared to Bradbury. His short story collection I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream —good lurid title there, very early adolescent— was the very first grown–up book I ever bought for myself, at thirteen.
The Natural by Bernard Malamud is a great book about a baseball player. A bright 13 year old should have no problem with it.
I tried that again a few years ago. It doesn't read so well these days. Pretty sexist and even homophobic.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigulpi is a good modern speculative fiction set in the not too distant future there’s a few books set in the same “world”. I recommend them highly.
I taught 6th grade for near 17 years. Read Hatchet, Brian's Winter, and The River with most my classes. Gary Paulsen is an author that I highly recommend for any young teenage boy. My son loved it too!
Anything by Orson Scott Card. Both SF and Fantasy.
I second the Terry Pratchett vote. Also the Edgar Rice Burroughs.
13 is around the age I discovered HP Lovecraft.
Try him on Watership Down, too.
The Hyperion books by Dan Simmons
"Kon Tiki" is still an amazing book, about Heyerdahl's voyage from Peru to Polynesia to prove that the Polynesians came from South America.
The books by CS Lewis ("the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" etc,) are also great. Some books by Stephen King, like "Salem's Lot", or "The Dead Zone" are also good reads for teens. "The Hobbit" and the other books in the Hobbit series are also recommended.