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I am looking for books for my thirteen year old son. He would like to try some suspense books or maybe about some Indians. Nothing like Harry Potter. I would like books that are curse free and pretty clean. He likes series. Thank you for any suggestions.
The Indian in the Cupboard series
the Time Twists trilogy by Paul McCusker
the Boxcar Children maybe? unless you think he's too old for them
I take it you don't want any fantasy at all, not even faith-based? Because there are a lot of good ones out there these days.
the Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K Paul 4 books out, one on the way
The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson - 3 books
Landon Snow is good, I think there are 5 of them now
The Way of the Wilderking by Jonathan Rogers - 3 books
of course there is always the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
I also think 13 is a good age to read The Hobbit
Land of Elyon by Patrick Carman - 4 of them (not faith based but good clean stories)
anything by Susan Cooper
My 2 children (12/14) read the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix;
They were so engrossed in them!
Also, there are some pretty exciting ones by Iain Lawrence...the High Seas Trilogy were great adventure books.
It has The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccaneers...
The Shadow Children starts with Among The Hidden, and has 7 books altogether in the series.
I 2nd Deborah on the Landon Snow series - my kids and I are on #3 right now. Also, we just got Gavin Goodfellow by Candy Abbott that we are starting after this Landon Snow book that looks really good.
Unfortunately, I find many of these recommendations to be on the childish side for a young teenager. I would suggest a Frank Peretti novel, like This Present Darkness. Strong Christian male role models are presented in this book, as well as plenty of clean adventure. Many of Peretti's novels are grouped into series, I believe.
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If he's interested in Indians, here are a few that we've enjoyed.
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (author of The Golden Goblet and Mara; Daughter of the Nile.)
Anything by Robert Hofsinde (Gray-Wolf) I've only read 3 of his, but he really does a good job describing different aspects of Indian life. He was adopted into a tribe.
I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. She has several others too.
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell. Also Thunder Rolling in the Mountains. And Streams to the River; River to the Sea (about Lewis and Clark expedition.) Click on his name in any of these book listings to find a bunch more.
Some that I've seen recommended, but haven't managed to read yet.
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
OK - there are more, but they are packed away for next year, and my memory is refusing to remember what they are.