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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

My 15 year old daughter loved the Adrian Mole series. I was thinking of the books that she reads and your right most of the lead roles are girls. I've only read one myself by the Charlie Higson books where James Bond is at school are not too bad. I think Silverfin was the first one.
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Catcher in the Rye and Animal Farm
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

I'm guilty of dipping into books for teenagers and young adults once in a while.

With boys as protagonists:

Stig of the Dump (perhaps a bit young?)
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...description-20

Life of Pi
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...205/Life-of-PI

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...the-Night-time

One classic that comes to mind:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

And anything related to your son's interests. For example, my teenage nephew appreciates books on developing his mind for golf and business classics.
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Rebellious teens? I'd go for:

Fahrenheit 451
Catcher in the Rye
1984
Brave New World

Read these when I was 12/13 on a two week holiday to Spain and they changed my life.

Def my list right there. Add

A Separate Peace
Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
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Hustler, Playboy?
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

Loved Willard Price books:

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adv...(Willard_Price)


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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

What they said... plus anything by Ray Bradbury if they are into science fiction. And "Into the wild" by Jon Krakauer. And "Never cry wolf" by Farley Mowat... and depending on their age Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.... there is just too many !!!
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

Have you tried Cornelia Funke's Ink trilogy? rather for a young teen - 13-15 I'd say. VO is in German...
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I'm looking for any recommendations of contemporary fiction for teenage boys.

lots of good contemp. fiction here...



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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

Age 12-16 or so:

The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
The Count of Montecristo Alexandre Dumas
Michael Strogoff Jules Verne
A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin (but more for 12-13 year old)
Dracula Bram Stoker
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
A Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
The Lost World Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Any of the Sherlock Holmes books Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Lord of the Files William Golding
Bulfinch's Mythology Thomas Bulfinch
Cosmicomics Italo Calvino

Over 17 or so:
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevski
A Separate Peace John Knowles
All quiet on the Western Front Rainer Maria Remarque
If this is a Man Primo Levi
The Things they Carried Tim O'Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
Metamorphoses Ovid


My rule of thumb is: always have a look at the literature classics. They are classics for a reason, notably because they are way better and more life-changing than whatever is on today's Best Seller list.

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Old 22.11.2010, 22:42
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

When I was in my teens some of my reading was very healthy and efficient.

(giving my age away here)
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

Hey,

I was a teenage boy not too long ago - I'd note that 'Harry Potter' is definitively not fantasy - not at all. There can some exciting other worlds out there is you can find an author who suits your tastes. You mightn't like it anyway but still... the definitive fantasy book for teenage boys (and what started me off with the genre) is;

'Magician' by Raymond E. Feist.

Try it; if it doesn't go down well then he probably actually doesn't like fantasy - but please don't give up the genre on thf back on Harry Potter!!!
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P.S I don't mind Harry Potter - it's alright and I've read them... but there are some cooler ideas out there :-).
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My 15 year old daughter loved the Adrian Mole series.
I loved them too, but anything I think is cool, is slowly becoming out of the question.

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Now that kind of literature he can (and probably will - or even has ) get from the Internet. I'm not paying for that

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Have you tried Cornelia Funke's Ink trilogy? rather for a young teen - 13-15 I'd say. VO is in German...
Yes, loved the first two of those, the third wasn't very good. My younger son likes them. Cornelia Funke is brilliant: Herr der Diebe (the Thief Lord), Drachenreiter, Gespensterjäger and many more - all done and dusted! Have you read her latest, Reckless? It's supposed to be quite grim, so I'm not sure about that.

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I'd note that 'Harry Potter' is definitively not fantasy - not at all.
Fantasy's great for my other son, so I'll keep that in mind. This young teen is into computers, electronics, science and engineering - I would give him the Stieg Larsson trilogy, but think he's still a little young for that kind of brutality.

Thanks for all your feedback.
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

A few years back the bbc compiled a list of top 100 books (the big read), many already mentioned here and many of them I read as a teenager

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

I also used to read
Nevile Shute (A town like Alice / On the beach - novels about life in Australia),
Aldous Huxley
John Wyndham (Day of the Triffids / The chrysalids),
Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island and Kidnapped),
If your boys like animals,
Gerrald Durrel (My family and other animals - and any of his other books),
James Herriot (All creatures great and small - all the books are great)
They all have great ratings on Amazon

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A few years back the bbc compiled a list of top 100 books (the big read), many already mentioned here and many of them I read as a teenager

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml
Yes, I have that one, too. Reminds me, I have a few of those I still have to work through myself.
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

I don't know if you're still looking but i have some new R. Dahl young adults books for sale if you're interested?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3866858...7622683173759/
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I don't know if you're still looking but i have some new R. Dahl young adults books for sale if you're interested?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3866858...7622683173759/
Thanks, Tala. We're pretty much covered on the classics. I'm looking more for recent authors with up-to-date topics (computers, science adventures etc.).
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

15 year old boy? - violence and sex are what you want. (with additional science and weirdness thrown in)
Contemporary = last 25 years.

Neuromancer - William Gibson
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Vurt - Jeff Noon
Game of Thrones - G.R.R.Martin
Sharpe's Eagle - Cornwell
Sandman Comics - Neil Gaiman
The Black Dahlia - Elroy (maybe a bit too much violence)
Snow Crash - Stephenson
American Psycho - Ellis (I hated it but you never know)

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15 year old boy? - violence and sex are what you want. (with additional science and weirdness thrown in)
Contemporary = last 25 years.

Neuromancer - William Gibson
The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
Vurt - Jeff Noon
Game of Thrones - G.R.R.Martin
Sharpe's Eagle - Cornwell
Sandman Comics - Neil Gaiman
The Black Dahlia - Elroy (maybe a bit too much violence)
Snow Crash - Stephenson
American Psycho - Ellis (I hated it but you never know)

12 years old. Going on 15 from time to time.
No, he's not into violence. Sex? Now, would a mother know that?
Thanks for your suggestions - I'll look into them.

I've found a couple he really likes: Lucy and Stephen Hawkings "George's Secret Key to the Universe" and the follow-up book. They're fantastic. Anything like that - technical, scientific, cyber-crime - not horror, psycho, or anything old-fashioned.

He tried Percy Jackson, but can't get into it. (Lightning Thief - with old ladies knitting socks at a bus stop ). He got the DVD for Christmas too, so perhaps he'll take a liking after watching it.
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Re: Book recommendations for teenage boys?

Lots of good books mentioned. Did anyone mention Ender's Game? Good for 12-14? What that red guy said about the classics, and for non-fiction have them read or watch anything involving James Burke.
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