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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Books for 14-year-old Boys?

This email exchange might be helpful to some of you. Maybe you have a teenage son. Maybe you teach teen boys. Maybe you too loved the Hunger Games and want to know what to put on your reading list. Here are a few recommendations from me.

Amy says:
[My son] always has to have a book for "independent reading" in his English class. He's run out of ideas for what to read next. He's finished the entire Percy Jackson series, the Egyptian Rick Riordan series, the Hunger Games series, the Fablehaven series, and the Gregor series. Would you happen to have any ideas of what to read next for a 14 year old boy who read and liked the above books? Any suggestions you have would be great!!

"My pleasure!" I said, and responded with this list of books:

  • The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (This one has never failed in my experience. It's set in the future, after the aliens took over our planet.)
  • I, Q: Independence Hall by Roland Smith (and it's sequel. Very quick paced action/mystery books, similar to Percy Jackson in that way and that it's a male narrator)
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (Tiny little warrior men with Scottish accents help to defeat the evil fairy queen. I particularly love this one on audiobook, if you have a car trip coming up.) 
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Dystopian sci fi, a la hunger games)
  • Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy with cool science based magic systems)
  • The Year We Disappeared by Busby and Busby (nonfiction about a cop who gets shot and what the aftermath was like for his teenage kids.) 
I will stop there for now, so as not to overwhelm anyone. But I definitely have more up my sleeve.

How about you? Have you read any of the above? What books would you recommend to a 14 year old boy?


Crys said...

Enders Game...the whole series :)

Ashley said...

Must, must, must read Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan" series. Must! Also, I really enjoyed "Project Sweet Life," a stand-alone book I reviewed here:

Ali B said...

The Book Thief - my one and only suggestion - but I'll be checking out some of your suggestions.

Amy said...

I really appreciate all of the suggestions. We're going to the library tomorrow to pick up some of those titles!

Hilary said...

Excellent! My little brother is 14 and I am always trying to find things to get him talking. Books usually work, so I try to read the books he likes with him. Great to have some recommendations!


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