Books for a 14 yr old boy - Mothering Forums

 
Thread Tools
#1 of 18 Old 11-21-2009, 02:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
Ornery's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,869
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I need recommendations for books for a 14 yr old boy who loves to read and reads at a college sophomore level (if not higher, he was last tested three years ago). He loves sports books, the Levin Thumps series and the Artemis Fowl series. He doesn't really read adult science fiction although I am trying to get him into it as I think he would enjoy it. I'm so not into science fiction and don't really know where to start. I was thinking about the Dune series????

Any ideas for me? TIA.
Ornery is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 18 Old 11-21-2009, 02:39 PM
 
ian'smommaya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: In the apothecary working with the fae.
Posts: 4,395
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
the aragon series by christopher paolini.
the mercy thompson series, i dont remember the author.
the desden files by ari... i dont remember really good.
the city of glass etc. the mortal instruments series clarissa something.
the giver series famous author. also dont remember

there are more if you would like. ds is an avid reader.

mayamade soap + apothecary for family + home Now with Pleasant Perineum Sitz Bath
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
ian'smommaya is online now  
#3 of 18 Old 11-21-2009, 05:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
Ornery's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,869
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
He's read the Eragon books and the Giver series. He's also read most all of Ursula K. LeGuin and C.S. Lewis.

The Dresden Files and the Mortal Instruments series look promising although he hates the current obsession with vampires/werewolves so I'm not sure he would read them, just due to the principle of the matter. Unfortunately, he also won't really read much of a book if its main character is a girl (just doesn't relate to it much). He's an obsessive reader but is very picky with what he'll read. Lately he's just been reading the same books over and over again.

If you have any other suggestions, I'd love them. He is constantly looking for new books and when I ask him what kind he wants he just shrugs. Makes it very difficult. I really want to feed his passion by getting him some more challenging books but ones that are appropriate for his age.

I can't remember if the Dune series has a lot of s*x in it, does anyone know?
Ornery is offline  
#4 of 18 Old 11-22-2009, 03:13 AM
A&A
 
A&A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 16,200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire.

Also Unwind.

"Our task is not to see the future, but to enable it."
A&A is offline  
#5 of 18 Old 11-22-2009, 01:27 PM
 
ollyoxenfree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,902
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
At 14, ds started reading some classic futuristic dystopian novels - Clockwork Orange, 1984, The Chrysalids, Brave New World. He enjoys Neil Gaiman - especially American Gods, but also his graphic novel series Sandman. In graphic novels, ds also first read Watchmen when he was about 14 y.o.

Since he's a gifted student, he might like Ender's Game and the sequels by Orson Scott Card. It's also set in the future.

Warning - most of those books have adult content with sex and violence. Gaiman also writes young adult books, so you might try those - ds enjoyed The Graveyard Book last year, even though it's written for a much younger age.

The "Among the Hidden" series by Margaret Peterson Haddix might appeal - it's set in the near future, in a society that has a 2-child per family policy (like China's one-child policy), and it's about a 3rd born boy who has to stay hidden from everyone. Again, it's for younger children (I'd say 9 to 12), but the social issues are quite mature. It isn't heavy on the science fiction, it's written as if it could be our society in 10 years or so, so it may be more appealing than some other futuristic novels.

I think it's hard to avoid sex scenes for teenagers who are reading adult-level literature. If you are really concerned, perhaps try classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, some Dickens or Twain, Call of the Wild by Jack London....
ollyoxenfree is offline  
#6 of 18 Old 11-22-2009, 04:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
Ornery's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,869
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I just get stuck in a rut and can't think of anything (and neither can he).

I'm not concerned about sex or violence but he doesn't care for sex scenes at all. In fact, oftentimes he will put down books because they become too graphic for him. I'll definitely look into the books you all listed, together with some of the old school books.

Thanks again.
Ornery is offline  
#7 of 18 Old 11-22-2009, 08:01 PM
 
lorijds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 2,845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I second Neil Gaiman.
lorijds is offline  
#8 of 18 Old 11-23-2009, 10:41 PM
 
mamaduck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 6,596
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 13 yo. son likes many of the books mentioned, especially
- Orson Scott Card books
- The Hunger Games
- HG Wells
- Michael Crighton
- Hitchhikers Guide to the Glaxay
- Lord of the Rings
- Jack London
- Isaac Asimov
mamaduck is offline  
#9 of 18 Old 11-23-2009, 11:29 PM
 
cschick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 896
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The [original] Foundation series (Asimov), and Miles Vorkosigan (Bujold). Maybe the various Asimov Robots novels, although I always thought that they made more sense after reading Foundation.

Link to first Foundation book.
cschick is offline  
#10 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 02:40 AM
 
MomOnDaEdge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: CA
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Anything he wants to read? I don't believe in restricting reading.
MomOnDaEdge is offline  
#11 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 05:42 PM
 
plunky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 672
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Scifi
Definitely Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. Great books.
Dune of course
Starship Troopers by Heinlein
I really like Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, but that has weird sexual themes. In general, Heinlein's thin books are fairly tame, and his thick books have polygamy and so on in them.
Neuromancer
Snow Crash
The Forever War

Fantasy
LOTR
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny
Game of Thrones by Martin

Garbage Scifi/Fantasy (fun stuff, but not great books like the above)
The Codex Alera by Butcher (He wrote the Dresden stuff other people mentioned. This is the best "new" fantasy series I've read in the last five years or so.)
Armor by John Steakly (fairly violent)
Magic of Recluse by Modessit
stuff by Morgan Llewellyn

Sports
Levels of the Game by John McFee

When I was that age, I also enjoyed Shogun and other books by James Clavell. Those are not sports or science fiction, obviously, though.

Not really fiction...but he might enjoy epics that aren't commonly taught in school. Like Gilgamesh and the Tain.

Dad to DD 9/2008
plunky is offline  
#12 of 18 Old 11-24-2009, 10:28 PM
A&A
 
A&A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 16,200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MomOnDaEdge View Post
Anything he wants to read? I don't believe in restricting reading.
I don't think the OP was trying to restrict his reading, but the opposite. She was looking for new titles to suggest to him, I think.

"Our task is not to see the future, but to enable it."
A&A is offline  
#13 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 02:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
Ornery's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,869
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't believe in restricted reading either. This is one of the reasons I am asking for new things for him. He has restricted his reading to a few titles and is reading them over and over again. Drives me bananas but he just can't think of anything to read. He doesn't like getting emotionally involved in a book and then finding out it is too sexual for him (which is usually the problem with adult fiction). Sex scenes still make him really uncomfortable, especially if he knows I've suggested the book

Thanks again for all of the great suggestions. We're off to the library today and I will be picking some of these up for him.

Oh, and I just realized this probably should have gone in the books section of the forum. Sorry Mods!
Ornery is offline  
#14 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Plaid Leopard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: UK
Posts: 2,578
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 11 yo ds, his 14 yo friend, and my dh all love the Disc World Series by Terry Pratchett - humourous fantasy.

My son is currently reading the Drangonlance trilogy - but I have to admit I have no idea what it is about.
Plaid Leopard is offline  
#15 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 09:04 PM
 
lorijds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 2,845
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A lot of the on line book sellers have the "Other people who bought this have also bought *this*" feature. So, maybe he should go to amazon.com or borders.com, type in some of his favorite books, get other book title recommendations, and then request those books at the local library.
lorijds is offline  
#16 of 18 Old 11-25-2009, 09:20 PM
 
starling&diesel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: West Coast, Canada
Posts: 3,813
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by A&A View Post
The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire.

Also Unwind.
These! OH MY GOOD GRIEF I COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN!

ETA: Also, the Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman ... The first one is The Golden Compass. And the Triskelia trilogy by Carrie Mac, The Droughtlanders is the first one.

dust.gifFour-eyed tattooed fairy godmother queer, mama to my lucky star (5) and little bird (2.5). Resident storyteller at
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
. Enchanting audiostories for curious kids. Come play in the forest!
starling&diesel is offline  
#17 of 18 Old 11-27-2009, 02:43 AM
AAK
 
AAK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eastern Washington
Posts: 3,134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post
At 14, ds started reading some classic futuristic dystopian novels - Clockwork Orange, 1984, The Chrysalids, Brave New World. He enjoys Neil Gaiman - especially American Gods, but also his graphic novel series Sandman. In graphic novels, ds also first read Watchmen when he was about 14 y.o.

Since he's a gifted student, he might like Ender's Game and the sequels by Orson Scott Card. It's also set in the future.

Warning - most of those books have adult content with sex and violence. Gaiman also writes young adult books, so you might try those - ds enjoyed The Graveyard Book last year, even though it's written for a much younger age.

The "Among the Hidden" series by Margaret Peterson Haddix might appeal - it's set in the near future, in a society that has a 2-child per family policy (like China's one-child policy), and it's about a 3rd born boy who has to stay hidden from everyone. Again, it's for younger children (I'd say 9 to 12), but the social issues are quite mature. It isn't heavy on the science fiction, it's written as if it could be our society in 10 years or so, so it may be more appealing than some other futuristic novels.

I think it's hard to avoid sex scenes for teenagers who are reading adult-level literature. If you are really concerned, perhaps try classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, some Dickens or Twain, Call of the Wild by Jack London....
I am glad you mentioned "Among the Hidden" as I have been trying to remember the name of that book for a while now.

I have to second "Ender's Game". Awesome book and I normally don't like sci-fi but that was VERY good.

Now, unrelated to the above quote. The Mortal Instruments series, while it does contain vampires, isn't anything like Twilight. I found it very enjoyable to read, and really, while the main character is technically a girl, the books are really about a GROUP of characters (3 boys, 2 girls).

Oh, and for fantasy, how about the Belgariad by David Eddings. He has several series, but this was my favorite. I don't remember sex scenes, but there probably was some innuendo.

Amy

Mom to three very active girls Anna (15), Kayla (12), Maya (9).
AAK is offline  
#18 of 18 Old 12-02-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Honey693's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Wheel of Time series.

obstruct livery vehicles

Honey693 is offline  
Reply


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 19,246

151 members and 19,095 guests
1babysmom , abelitz , Aillidh , Angela England , apeydef , ashleyo , azohri , bananabee , BeansGreenMama , belchers1 , blessedwithboys , blissful_maia , bluefaery , browneyedgurl965 , bubbagirl , captain optimism , carkys , Celestical , ChasingDreams , Cherry_Blossom , chickabiddy , cmnewbs , coldleopard , Crazybean , Daffodil , dakinigrrl , Dakotacakes , Dear_Rosemary , Deborah , defams , emmy526 , EmSa , ess3 , ExtraMild , farmermomma , FloridaBorn , floss&ferd , frugalmama , funfunkyfantastic , greenemami , happyhats , healthy momma , heyxxmcfly , hillymum , Hybrid Mama , ian'smommaya , indiana , japonica , JayaSky , jojobean , kateaton , katelove , Katherine73 , kathymuggle , kimbfly29 , kitchensqueen , kittycat1 , ladyelms , lc81002 , leftcoaster , Letitia , lightheartedmom , lilmissgiggles , LiLStar , LovelyAndAmazing , LoveOurBabies , mamabear0314 , mamabear81 , MamaChick , mamadance84 , mamaprovides , mariamadly , marilyn612 , meeba , MeepyCat , meghanmetz , Milk8shake , Mirzam , MissMuffet , mocha frappuccino , mommyhood , moominmamma , Moonridden , MulberryMom , Mylie , Natty25 , NaturallyKait , Nemi27 , Nevergoesaway , NWmt_mama , orangemomma , originalkk , pers , persephassa , philomom , pisces.girl , Piskito , primalmom , prosciencemum , Ragana , rainydaywoman , Ratchet , Reyhan , rubelin , sahmoffour , SandiMae , sarafl , seap3 , shantimama , Shmootzi , sidrajedi , siennaflower , Smokering , Snydley , sofreshsoclean , Sphinxy , Springshowers , stellanyc , Teles , Tigerle , tinytina , tomsmom31 , TrishWSU , Tweety_Bird , typebug , Unknown. , Wild Lupine , Wild Rose , winterpromise31 , worthy , zebra15
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.