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Book recommendations for 14 year old boy

post #1 of 28
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He likes sci-fi, fantansy, and adventure but he's a little picky. He did enjoy all of the Hunger Games and when he was younger he loved Harry Potter (he's way over it now). He loves all the vampire series too. He's really ready for some new things to read. I would love any suggestions.

post #2 of 28

I assume he's done Lord of the Rings? You might try Stephen Kings "The Dark Tower" series. 

post #3 of 28

My 14 yo was in a sci-fi/fantasy book club this year. Some of the things they read that seemed to particularly appeal to the boys were Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow, Dune, Un Lun Dun, Snow Crash. My dd has also really liked the His Dark Materials trilogy, the Bartimaeus trilogy, and anything suitable for teens by Neil Gaiman. There are a whole bunch of books in the Artemis Fowl series that are entertaining, and what about Percy Jackson and the Olympians? They might be skewed a bit younger than the vampire-type teen books, but I read them all (all of the above, actually) and enjoyed them.

 

If he's ready for more adult themes, plenty of teens we know love the Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). The books are a lot less racy/explicit than the HBO show, although some of the themes (incest, adultery) are somewhat grown-up.

 

ETA: If he likes classic sci-fi, has he read any Ray Bradbury or Robert Heinlein? My dd also likes stories by HP Lovecraft, and there are a lot of great classic fantasy series out there too.

post #4 of 28

At that age, my DS liked classic HG Wells - The Time Machine was a particular favourite. 

If he likes the vampire genre, has he read Dracula by Bram Stoker? 

Frankenstein 

 

For more recent series, he might like The Hungry Cities Chronicles by Philip Reeve or Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi 

post #5 of 28
Has he read The Ranger series by John Flanagan?
post #6 of 28
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Wow, thank you for all the recommendations. This is really helpful. I forgot to say he was also really into the Eragon series a couple years ago. I don't know why but my kids will not read The Lord of the Rings. The movie, they love; the book, they cannot get into.

post #7 of 28
Ship Breaker and its companion book The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. They are set in a post-oil dystopian USA and have a lot to say about loyalty, friendship and what makes a family. I shouldn't have to say this - since so many YA books are - but: WAY better than Hunger Games.

Not SF, but perfect for 14 is Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
post #8 of 28

I read a series by Mercedes Lackey started with Joust- might be a little racey...nothing I really remember- awesome dragon training series.
 

post #9 of 28

I just recalled a really great series by Megan Whelan Turner, The Queen's Thief.  The first book is titled The Thief

 

It's set in a mythical land very similar to ancient Greece. There is lots of political intrigue and plotting and adventure. No dragons though, if that's the kind of fantasy he prefers. 

post #10 of 28

Mine is into an Arthurian series that starts with "The Seeing Stone" by Kevin Crossley-Holland. He's eating them up. Personally, I recommend the "Shannara" series by Terry Brooks ... also the "Magic Kingdom For Sale" series by Terry Brooks...ok, really anything by Terry Brooks will be a huge hit for that age and doesn't go anywhere inappropriate. 

post #11 of 28

A wrinkle in time!

 

Theres a great shorter story called Containment (I bet he would love this!)

 

When I was a kid it was fun to read books that my mom read as a little kid.

post #12 of 28

Has he ready andy of the discworld books? I think I started reading them around that age. Most of them can be read as stand alone books but the characters do develop over time so I think it's worth reading some of the earlier ones first.

 

I also started reading some of Anne Mcaffery's books around that age. I didn't get into the Dragons of Pern series until later. I think the first ones I read were the pegaus trillergy.

 

David webbers Honnor Harrignton series, too many battle ship details for me but they are good.

post #13 of 28
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I got a couple of the books and they were too young for him. I guess what I'm looking for are books adults regularly read but that don't go to any extremes sex and violence-wise.

post #14 of 28
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I also started reading some of Anne Mcaffery's books around that age. I didn't get into the Dragons of Pern series until later. I think the first ones I read were the pegaus trillergy.

 

 

Can you tell me which book comes first in the series? My daughter (11 1/2) has read all the same books as my son (except Vampire Diaries!) and she is so into the dragon novels these days. She would love this series, I'm sure. Thanks. :)

post #15 of 28
If the stories are fun and he enjoys them, why shouldn't he read 'younger'books now and then?

My son enjoyed Gordon Korman books (Everest series, etc), and Diane Duane books.

There's also Agatha Christie.

When I was growing up, there were books carrying Hitchcock's name. He was not the author, but they were all suspense stories, various reading levels. Plenty of suspense, ghosts, unexplained happenings, deaths, but no sex or actual violence. I tried to find them for my son and failed, but maybe someone else will have better luck.
post #16 of 28

Maybe it would help if you told us which books were too young for him. Most of the books suggested are ones adults enjoy. Some of them are even a little racy for a 14yr old, depending on his maturity. If he's looking for truly challenging literature he's going to start encountering adult content, though. What's being presented is the upper edge of writing before it becomes impossible to find things that don't explore the more intense aspects of humanity - like sexuality and capacities for pain and sorrow.

post #17 of 28
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I got a couple of the books and they were too young for him. I guess what I'm looking for are books adults regularly read but that don't go to any extremes sex and violence-wise.

 

Hm. Which books? Do you know what he found was "too young"? The age of the characters? Was the writing too simplistic? The plots too formulaic? 

post #18 of 28
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"If the stories are fun and he enjoys them, why shouldn't he read 'younger'books now and then?"

 

Sorry I wasn't more clear. He had no interest in reading them. He would've read them a couple years ago, but he's maturing quickly these days (aka seriously becoming a man suddenly!) and (I hate when parents say this so I was trying to avoid saying it) he is two years ahead academically and really does need that extra (and more adult-minded) stimulation.

 

Now, I let him read the Clan of the Cave Bear series when he was thirteen. He was already becoming very aware of sexuality at that point and I felt that was the healthiest, most natural, and most woman-friendly introduction to it in literature. He *loved* the series and read through all six of them (I think it's six lol) in about ten days. So I am not too worried about the sex and violence as long as it's not sexist and degrading or, as far as violence goes, disturbing or unnecessarily graphic.

 

I checked out most of the ones recommended from the library (The Seeing Stone ones, the Arthur ones, The Ranger's Apprentice ones, etc.) and was not interested and said they were too young for him. Still, these recommendations are turning out to be exactly what my daughter is into right now so they are very helpful.

 

As far as my son goes, I did let him read The Vampire Diaries. And as far as sexual stuff goes, I'd rather have him getting it through literature than in something like playboy magazines or inappropriate movies. I remember my brother loving Stephen King novels as a teen. I think they could be a bit heavy for my son (though I do have on hold The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, which is for teens, to see how it goes), and I think he'd prefer adventure to scary stuff. I think he's going through changes where he might be open to a new genre. I know for me, I loved fantasy when I was a kid, but by sixteen or so it had no appeal for me anymore (though I know tons of adults who love fantasy). So I am really open to suggestions.

 

Thanks again. You ladies are wonderful.

post #19 of 28
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Okay, so he actually likes Ender's Game. Sorry I mispoke. He read teh whole thing today. The others he really didn't want to read though.

post #20 of 28

Hi- I haven't been here for a bit.  A couple suggestions,

1. make friends with your teen/adult librarian.  just like your kiddie librarian is a lifesaver, the teen librarian is a wealth of knowledge and information as well.

2. take DS with you to the library/bookstore.  let him browse the racks and databases and see what jumps out at him.

 

My own kiddo is a couple years ahead academically and reads across all levels.  I've just about given up making suggestions for him at this point.  Here is what he chose at the library today - DVD's that cover American History, American Geography and general architecture.   1980's 'teen' movies,   Picture books to give him ideas for drawing, 2 chapter books and he ordered a couple things.

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