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I need some suggestions for books for my nephew. He is your typical 12 year old boy ‎who is mostly interested in girls right now, but he also loves fishing and motorcycles ‎and the beach. ‎
His language grade wasn’t that great so his mom has decided that he needs some ‎summer reading to keep him occupied. ‎
Does anyone have any ideas for books he might enjoy? He has all the Harry Potter ‎books already, but isn’t interested in them since he has seen the movies. ‎
Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. ‎

cross posted in booktards


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Jun. 4th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
If he likes fighting, gore, vampires and other things that make up little boys then he might like Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.

He may also like Maximum Ride by James Patterson, especially the 170 mph pacing that book has.

Jun. 4th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll put them on the list I'm making for my sister. :)
Jun. 4th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Second Cirque Du Freak. I loved those books in middle school.
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Jun. 4th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Nat the Librarian STRIKES AGAIN
Thank you!
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
The Gregor the Overlander books are fabulous. My kids and I finished them a while ago - we fought over who got the next one!

I second the Hunger Games suggestion. SO good. I can't wait for the sequel!
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
At that age, he might like the Ranger's Apprentice books by John Flanagan.
amazon.com listing for the first book in the series

Or Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, which BTW has great cover art.
amazon.com listing for 3-book set

Edited at 2009-06-04 04:35 pm (UTC)
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Those look cool thanks!
Jun. 4th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Norman Juster The Phantom Tollbooth
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I forgot about that one. I loved it. Thanks.
Jun. 4th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
That's a great book, but I thought it was more like a 3rd or 4th grader's level than a 6th grader...but then again--I ADORED this story and I'd reread it now!

There is a movie, but he can see that AFTER he reads it.

What about James & the Giant Peach and other books by Roald Dahl??? I have never read one that wasn't excellent.

Or---S.E. Hinton books-That was then this is now, outsiders, etc

and Go Ask Alice---because he is almost a teen--and he will be fascinated and it has a virulently anti-drug message.
Jun. 4th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I gave this book to a young cousin.

Said cousin took it with her when they went to visit Grandfather -- and left it there.

Her parents assured her that he would send it to her, and he did. Eventually. Because, you see, he read it first.

Well worth reading even if it is below the grade-level of the reader.
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
"Then Again, Maybe I Won't" by Judy Blume.

It's sort of like the boys version of "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret."
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
cool, thanks.
Jun. 4th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
The Fablehaven series is similar to Harry Potter, so if he likes that genre, he might dig it.
Jun. 4th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Anything by Michael Simmons he might enjoy. He's become pretty popular in the early teens.
Jun. 4th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale was very good, and a lot of guys I know, including my brother, who is near that age, liked it. It starts with The Merchant of Doom, I believe. Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain and Westmark Trilogy were good as well. Actually, everything by Alexander was good. I haven't read the Percy Jackson books, but my brother likes them and so have some friends, if he wants something with mythology. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman might be a good choice too (starts with The Golden Compass).
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
I second Pendragon; my brother loved them.
Jun. 5th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance came to mind, but I have never read it so I have no idea what it is like. It has been a while since I've read young adult but one author I do always go back to is Tamora Pierce. Her first series was The Song of the Lioness quartet, followed by many others. It is fantasy and the main characters tend to be girls so... I also enjoyed Nancy Drew so I will suggest Hardy Boys for the hell of it. I will also suggest that perhaps his mom should encourage him to read the books before he watches the movies, at least once, he may find the rule of 'the books are generally better then the movies' to be true.
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