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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 loved the Hunger Games and want to know what to put on your reading list. Here are a few recommendations.
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. This book is so good that I reviewed it and recommend it to read aloud!

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. Read my review of this book.

The Wee Free Men series 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. Read my review of audiobook #2 in the series.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer 
Dystopian sci-fi, like hunger games. There are clones and GMO's and even a drug-lord. This book is absolutely thrilling, but doesn't rely on violence to get your adrenaline pumping. Read Ashley's review of this book.

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson 
Fantasy with cool science based magic systems. Read my review of the first book, here.

The Year We Disappeared by Busby and Busby 
Non-fiction about a cop who gets shot and what the aftermath was like for his teenage kids. I haven't reviewed this one, but it was good. :)
books for 14 year old boys Cylin Busbybooks for 14 year old boys nancy farmer    books for 14 year old boys adam rex
You can also check out ALL of the YA books reviewed here on Everead: click here for those!
Or look at a handful of books I've recommended for my own teen brother, here.

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

**Ooh, some awesome suggestions have been added, below! Add one of your own.**

5 comments:

  1. Enders Game...the whole series :)

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  2. Must, must, must read Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan" series. Must! Also, I really enjoyed "Project Sweet Life," a stand-alone book I reviewed here:
    http://everead.blogspot.com/2010/05/project-sweet-life.html

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

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

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  5. 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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