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Subject: suggestions for pre teen - hates reading
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 5:36 PM ET
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Very rarely my son will find something that grabs his attention and he devours it.  One such book (actually a graphic novel) just did this for him called HERO.  He loved it.

So now I'm looking for more graphic novels that might interest him.  I thought he might like the history series which told battle stories but not so much.  So looking for suggestions.  He's never read Manga and I'm not sure that's his thing or if he's too young anyway (11yr - a young 11).  Any thoughts, suggestions.  I've got to get this boy to read.

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 8:35 PM ET
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Have you seen the book and website called Guys Read? 

Jon Scieszka writes about how lots of boys don't find books that interest them, so they lag behind the girls in reading levels.  He has an anthology of short stories and a website recommending books aimed at getting boys interested.  (Jon wrote the Time Warp Trio books.) 


Date Posted: 8/21/2009 9:16 PM ET
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I'll check that out - I couldn't get him in to the Time Warp Trio, or Magic Tree House.


Date Posted: 8/21/2009 11:04 PM ET
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It is short stories and essays.  Hopefully one will lead you to other books.  I remember browsing the story about peeing on an electric fence.

There is also the sports author that some boys like.  Matt Christopher.  Don't know the age level. 

Also Gary Soto.

Date Posted: 8/21/2009 11:48 PM ET
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Has he read Diary of a Wimpy kid series?   Don't forget non-fiction - anything that interests him.....cars, sports, wrestling, etc.         My kids love Garfield comics for fun reading.

Date Posted: 8/23/2009 11:33 AM ET
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Hi, my boys also read just about all of the Garfield and Pearls before Swine, as well as other comic anthologies.  I believe that that is reading and it teaches them to read for fun.   They also read the Batman graphic novels and the Marvel comic book anthologies.  They are both in High School now and will read for pleasure - one more than the other.  I bought many a book that they didn't get into, but every now and then we would hit on one.  They liked Eragon, the Lightning  Thief, The Fairie Wars, and the Droon series.   Good Luck.


ETA: I forgot they also liked the Captain Underpants books.

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Date Posted: 8/23/2009 12:26 PM ET
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My 10 year old is a reluctant reader.  He just finished Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary and really liked it.  She has a whole series about Henry and his dog Ribsy.  They are easy to read and appeal to both boys and girls.  She wrote them for boys who couldn't find things THEY wanted to read about. (According to her foreward in the book)  Check them out.  My son is starting the second book called Henry and Ribsy now.  Blessings, Carrie   

PS.  I can second the Captain Underpants and Garfield books.  He also likes the Osprey Graphic History  books.  I got him the whole set.  They are about the different battles in history.  He also said to mention that he really likes the Star Wars graphic stories.  I just bought him two to use as rewards for school.   

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Date Posted: 8/23/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Try the hardy boys (casefiles).  They are a fun book... short in a way (150 pages or so).   So 3-4 hours can finish a book.   The super books are good too (Hary Boys and Nancy Drew Super Mysteries)!!



Date Posted: 8/23/2009 3:22 PM ET
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The "Bone" series of graphic novels by Jeff Smith is absolutely great. Kids love it and critics and childrens book reviewers (check out amazons reviews) speak very highly of it also.