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I have seen the film, it's pretty good and I believe there is a secon film in the making. Didn't realise there is a book on it. Going off how the film was I'd reccpmmend the book.
Is it somewhat like "Petit Nicolas"? just a bit more modern?
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He read them in German.
Reading them in English (HP) would be interesting, as he can compare it.

I've made it with some of my favourite Sci-Fi authors.
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

James Herriot (sp?)
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Tolkein - The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
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James Herriot (sp?)
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Tolkein - The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
I own these books - tomes..... too much food for one boy

Herriot is good, but might be not very interesting for him.
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

There is a fun author that I haven't heard anyone else talk about for a very long time named John Bellairs. I remember reading his books when I was younger and loved them. They are kind of a mix of fantasy, detective and adventure. Be sure to check out The House with a Clock in its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows or The Letter, the Witch and the Ring. Another option would be the Sherlock Holmes books but that may be a bit advanced. Good luck!!
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I own these books - tomes..... too much food for one boy

Herriot is good, but might be not very interesting for him.
Tell that to my wife - she read Lord of the Rings every summer from age 10 onwards...
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

Old but brilliant I hope: Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe and Lord of the flies.

I think girl with the dragon tattoo series may not be a good idea for a parent to introduce their teenager to, he will get to them eventually on his own. Am I getting too old and prudish I wonder? I prefer the Henning Mankell books.
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'The Catcher in the rye' by Salinger, he might be a bit young for it, but it's pretty engaging and the conscious flow style of writing is quite easy to follow. Quite depressing but also empowering.
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Tell that to my wife - she read Lord of the Rings every summer from age 10 onwards...
Now well, she was a young woman they are better with literary challenges..
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I think girl with the dragon tattoo series may not be a good idea for a parent to introduce their teenager to, he will get to them eventually on his own. Am I getting too old and prudish I wonder? I prefer the Henning Mankell books.
Mankell might be a bit too advanced in language.

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'The Catcher in the rye' by Salinger, he might be a bit young for it, but it's pretty engaging and the conscious flow style of writing is quite easy to follow. Quite depressing but also empowering.
No way! Too complicated, too much deeper meaning. It's supposed to be fun reading.
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Maybe all the teachers on the EF could give me some advice here: I'm looking for a book for a 13-year old boy. He is not native English speaker, but his language skills are good. I hate graded readers because I think you cannot simplify classic novels and should read them when you are able to understand them plus they would be too simple.

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Unless they're at an advanced level, my student's still enjoy some graded readers. He might enjoy the Sherlock Holmes graded level series. Seems most most Swiss do.
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

Another thought: curious incident of the dog in the night time (mark haddon), quite quite brilliant for any age.
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Has he been exposed to HP? I've yet to come across a child who has not been intrigued by HP.
The sauce?

Yes, H.P. Lovecraft is absolutely great - I should read some of his' again. If the boy is into sci-fi or horror, he should read him to know where all the TV trash we have today originated from - and how good it actually can be.
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

OK after doing a lot of research I finally ordered one of the wimpy-kid diaries and read it - hilarious. I only hope the 13-year-old will enjoy it too. And for the future I got lots of great suggestions - thank you all. I will certainly get one or the other of the books some of you suggested.
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OK after doing a lot of research I finally ordered one of the wimpy-kid diaries and read it - hilarious. I only hope the 13-year-old will enjoy it too. And for the future I got lots of great suggestions - thank you all. I will certainly get one or the other of the books some of you suggested.
We have several of them and my 11 and a half year old loves them . I hope a 13 year old non native speaker will love them too.

My son is one of the rare breed who absolutely hates Harry Potter.

Geraldine McCaughrean is quite good for that age group I think as are the Chris Ryan books.
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Re: Books for non-native teenager -any suggestions?

A couple of suggestions from CHRIS WOODING.

Malice and Havoc. He will need to read them in this order as the story continues.

Great for boys of this age range. A mix of regular book and comic book.

Malice: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...7103945/Malice

Havoc: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...07105116/Havoc
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A couple of suggestions from CHRIS WOODING.

Malice and Havoc. He will need to read them in this order as the story continues.

Great for boys of this age range. A mix of regular book and comic book.

Malice: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...7103945/Malice

Havoc: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...07105116/Havoc
Thanks a lot for the suggestion. Sounds good!
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Different but interesting:

Holes by Louis Sachar
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...40414803/Holes

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book...description-20
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