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Subject: I'm looking for a GOOD book/series for my teenage son. Suggestions?
Date Posted: 10/17/2010 3:34 PM ET
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I would appreciate any suggestions you could offer.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:17 PM ET
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What has he enjoyed in the past?

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 7:33 PM ET
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He has liked Guardians of Ga'Hoole (which he is now reading), the Halo series, and The Lord of the Rings are the ones that come to mind...................

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 8:04 PM ET
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How about the Redwall series by Brian Jacques?  The first book is Redwall.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 4:52 PM ET
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Redwall is the one that always comes to mind for the younger teens. 

There is a series of SF/F anthologies aimed at YA called Firebirds (Firebirds, Firebirds Rising, Firebirds Soaring)  that has all the new big names so he could choose which authors he is interested in.

I mention Jim Butcher for the older teens.  It is quite adult in the level of violence.  But very aware of morals.  And very little sex. 

The website Guys Read is great for reluctant boy readers.  They have great suggestions.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 7:12 PM ET
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I and my YA grandson have really enjoyed the Warriors series by Erin Hunter; the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (don't let the recent movie put you off, the books were much much better and funny too); The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane; the Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones; Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage -  the Ga'hoole series is next for us, so I think we have common tastes.  Oh, there's also Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series, excellent but much in demand and not readily available here, you may need to do the library route on that.

So many good series to chose from, you'll have fun chosing.

Cheers, Margaret

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 12:01 PM ET
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I enjoyed Raymond Feist's Riftwar and RA Salvatore's Drizzt books. I feel like they are in the age range for what you are looking for. No sex the violence is not glorified and the reading is fun. All of the other series mentioned sound like fun as well. Good Luck!

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 12:24 PM ET
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I'll second the Drizzt books by RA Salvatore, they start with Homeland.  I'm still working through them at age 43.  There are something like 17 books in the series now, so he can be busy for a long time.

When I was a teen I really liked the Thieves' World books, though they might be considered too adult if you want to avoid some more mature themes completely.  I guess it depends on your sensibilities.  I don't remember anything too shocking being in them though.

I know it always gets recommended, but Redwall may be a little too simplistic for someone who has already tackled Lord of the Rings.

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 3:01 PM ET
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Here's some books I remember my teen boys liking:

Harry Potter series

Fablehaven series

Pendragon series

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians

and more recently, they both liked The Hunger Games and its sequels.



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Subject: Christopher Stasheff has a couple of Good series
Date Posted: 10/25/2010 9:11 PM ET
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He has the Warlock  Series that starts a little Science Fictiony but turns to Fantasy when the principle character eats something called witchmoss.  He also has the Wizard in Rhyme Series.  No language, Lots of action, morals, no overt sexual descriptions.  Sex is only implied.

Gordon R Dickson has the Dragon and the George series.  Lots of action, no language and sex only between those who are married and it is only implied never discussed. 

Subject: David Eddings
Date Posted: 11/19/2010 10:41 PM ET
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David Eddings: The Belgaraid and The Mallorean

Date Posted: 11/21/2010 5:04 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/24/2010 7:20 PM ET
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Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci series.  I would start with the Lives of Christopher Chant.  Megan Whalen Turner's the Thief series is excellent.

Date Posted: 1/24/2011 4:09 PM ET
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Leven Thumps by Obert Skye is fantastic. It's really fun and creative.

Date Posted: 1/25/2011 10:20 AM ET
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Orson Scott Card's "Alvin Maker" series is fantastic, and I would think fine for a teen.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 7:09 PM ET
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What about Robert Asprins, Myth series. Or Piers Anthony's Xanath series, that has really teenage humor in it.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 3:41 PM ET
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How could we forget Madeliene L'Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" series?

(depending on his age, he may think this is for kids, altho lots of grown-ups I know love it).

Subject: Teen Boys
Date Posted: 2/13/2011 6:19 PM ET
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My son is 14 and hates reading with a passion.  I talked him into starting The Hunger Games and he has been unable to put it down.  I think that I can get him to read all three books.  I have already recommended Harry Potter over and over, and he thinks that since he has seen the movies, he doesn't need to read the books.  I am trying to get him to just start.  I know he would be hooked then.