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Subject: Book sugestion please
Date Posted: 4/15/2010 10:52 PM ET
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So I'm constantly fighting with my 14 year old brother because he always say he is bored and i'm playing video games on the only concole at home. I always tell him "then read a book" and he tell me he dosen't read.

I was like him when i was his age I hated books, and avoided them but now i love it. So my question is I need a book that would interest a 14 year old boy who loves the fallowing: World wars,action, fighting, althletisism and some sci fi. It has to be fast paced and never boring for this boy with sort atention span (not really but yeah).

Please help i want to prove him wrong and that he is going to like a book if it interest him.

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Date Posted: 4/15/2010 11:02 PM ET
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How about the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan?

Date Posted: 4/15/2010 11:16 PM ET
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Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. It was written for 14 year old people to get turned on the Scifi.  I certainly did. 

Date Posted: 4/16/2010 5:14 PM ET
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Some of my son's favorites:

The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm by Nancy Farmer

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Holes by Louis Sachar

His Dark Materials series (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman

The Lord of the Ring trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Ender Series (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind) by Orson Scott Card

Date Posted: 4/16/2010 8:10 PM ET
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I think he would like the Orphan series by Robert Buettner.  It is funny, adventurous Scifi reading. At his age, I loved Asimov's robot series and short stories.  Maybe short stories might be his thing for now. 

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 7:59 AM ET
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I always recommend Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  It's full of real-life action and adventure, athleticism, etc., as it is the true account of the author's climb up Mount Everest.   The best thing about the book is that there is no time wasted on boring stats and stuff, he just dives right into the story.  This book will surely capture the interest of a bored 14 year old boy (in my opinion!) and spark some interest in reading.

Date Posted: 4/17/2010 9:52 AM ET
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Has he read Gary Paulsen's Brian's saga? This series features 13-year-old Brian Robeson, initially trapped in the Canadian wilderness after a plane accident:

  • Hatchet (1987)
  • The River  (1991)
  • Brian's Winter  (1996) (features an alternate series of events from Hatchet)
  • Brian's Return (1999)
  • Brian's Hunt (2003)
Date Posted: 4/29/2010 4:28 PM ET
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My brother really enjoyed Michael Stackpole at that age - he tells a great story, and he's pretty fast-paced. He has some books that lean more toward the fantasy genre, which are still good, but if your brother is more into sci-fi, I'd definitely recommend his Star Wars books. Rogue Squadron & Wedge's Gamble are a great place to start. Good luck!

Date Posted: 4/30/2010 2:17 PM ET
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I second the Percy Jackson series. My son 12 read the entire series in about 6 weeks.  Also there is the Alex Rider series. Alex is a 13 year old spy. and the Young James Bond series. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins The third book in the series comes out this August.

Also my 13 year old has really taken a liking to Stephen King books. I have given him the incentive that if he reads the book then he can see the movie. We started with some of the tamer short stories that were made into movies and then did some of the older books/movies.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 10:44 AM ET
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A Day No Pigs Would Die,

It's in the system here.  It is a book about a boy your brothers age growing up on a farm in Vermont.  About the joys and crises of lfe, and the reality of responsibilities of growning up.  About family and truth.

It is a real dramatic true to life, coming of age type story.  It is a bit graphic,  but if he can play video games, he can handle it.  This is a book you can start and finish in one day and will want to re read.  He will like it.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 1:51 PM ET
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What about Homer Hickam's Rocket Boy trilogy: Rocket Boys (also sold as October Sky), The Coalwood Way, and Sky of Stone.  They're all memoirs of his life growing up on WV...fun reads and hilarious.  I love them and have them in my permanent collection.  :)

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:32 PM ET
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Ismaly O. , how about a follow up. were you able to find a book he would read ?


my suggestion is the Myth series by Robert Asprin , short books , well paced and kinda funny as well. It's about Skeeve, wanna-be magician and his adventures towards becoming a magician.



Date Posted: 6/17/2010 3:19 PM ET
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My 13 year old son recently discovered Historical Fiction and loves it.  The only one I can remember right now is: Riot by Walter Dean Myers.  Maybe that would work for your brother?

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 3:54 PM ET
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I, too, was wondering about Homer Hickam.  I have his Rocket Boys on my list to read this year.

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 5:56 PM ET
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"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain is a book that my son thought was a fun read. 

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 12:45 PM ET
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I just read Alas Babylon by Pat Frank.  I think most 13 year olds could get into this book.  No big sex thing and lots of what-do-we-do-when-technology fails

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 2:35 PM ET
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I second the Asprin Myth series.  They're fairly short, so it doesn't intimidate a new reader, and full of adventure.  And they're not billed as kid books, which may appeal to a 14 year old.