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Walnutgrovefarm
Summer Reading- for 12 year old boy!
May 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

I need help in choosing summer reading books for my 12 year old son! I'm trying to get him more interested in reading, so it's not so much of a chore for him. Appreciate all your help!!!!!

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  • jeweldragons
    May 14, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Chronicles of Narnia series

    Little House on the Praire + The Rose Years and maybe the Caroline Years if you can get them (this teaches history + reading)

    How about some classical novels such as Of Mice and Men, Night, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oliver Twist, White Fang, Call of the Wild (you can also compare Of Mice and Men, White Fang and Call of the Wild to the Movies), Dracula, Don Quixote, Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, Bambi, The Jungle.

    Jason's Gold, The Trumpet of the Swan.  Some biographies of famous people in American HIstory (The Autobiogpraphy of Bejamin Franklin, Franklin Douglass, Helen Keller).  Science Fiction (Ender's Game is a good one).

    What about poetry by Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson?

  • tuffymama
    May 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM
    My oldest read the Animorphs series in elementary and middle school. You might try that one. Survival books, how-to books, and even Hemingway can begin to interest boys at this age. It's a fun time, right before you have to white knuckle it through the teen years. ;0)
  • bluerooffarm
    May 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

     The Phantom Tollbooth.

    The LookingGlass Wars. (Seeing Redd and Arche Enemy are the other 2 books and there are some GOOD graphic novels that go with it (Hatter M)

    Hatchett
    Sounder
    Huck Finn
    Tom Sawyer
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Ender's Game
    The Maximum Ride Series (It's mostly about a girl, but many boys like it)
    The Eragon series (dragons and magic and stuff)

    Also the Hobbit might interest him (the Rings books are a bit older)

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    May 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM

     what about trail blazer books  http://www.trailblazerbooks.com/Frame-1.html

     

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

     The Phantom Tollbooth.

    The LookingGlass Wars. (Seeing Redd and Arche Enemy are the other 2 books and there are some GOOD graphic novels that go with it (Hatter M)

    Hatchett
    Sounder
    Huck Finn
    Tom Sawyer
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Ender's Game
    The Maximum Ride Series (It's mostly about a girl, but many boys like it)
    The Eragon series (dragons and magic and stuff)

    Also the Hobbit might interest him (the Rings books are a bit older)

    I was about to say The Hobbit! We watched the new movie a few weeks back & that prompted all of us to want to read the book. So everyone in our house is reading or having the Hobbit read to them & when we are all done reading it we are going to get the 1977 animated movie & watch it!

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    What is he interested in? I would make sure all the books are something he has an interest in!

  • SusanTheWriter
    May 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

    Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.

  • bluerooffarm
    May 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

     

    Quoting usmom3:


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

     The Phantom Tollbooth.

    The LookingGlass Wars. (Seeing Redd and Arche Enemy are the other 2 books and there are some GOOD graphic novels that go with it (Hatter M)

    Hatchett
    Sounder
    Huck Finn
    Tom Sawyer
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Ender's Game
    The Maximum Ride Series (It's mostly about a girl, but many boys like it)
    The Eragon series (dragons and magic and stuff)

    Also the Hobbit might interest him (the Rings books are a bit older)

    I was about to say The Hobbit! We watched the new movie a few weeks back & that prompted all of us to want to read the book. So everyone in our house is reading or having the Hobbit read to them & when we are all done reading it we are going to get the 1977 animated movie & watch it!

     We have the 1977 animated movie!  We love it!  I made everyone mad when I said that they didn't do enough with Gandalf's smoke rings on the new movie.  It was one of the parts that have stuck with me since I first read it when I was a kid.  Yeah, I know, I'm a geek!  ;-)

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

     

    Quoting usmom3:


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

     The Phantom Tollbooth.

    The LookingGlass Wars. (Seeing Redd and Arche Enemy are the other 2 books and there are some GOOD graphic novels that go with it (Hatter M)

    Hatchett
    Sounder
    Huck Finn
    Tom Sawyer
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Ender's Game
    The Maximum Ride Series (It's mostly about a girl, but many boys like it)
    The Eragon series (dragons and magic and stuff)

    Also the Hobbit might interest him (the Rings books are a bit older)

    I was about to say The Hobbit! We watched the new movie a few weeks back & that prompted all of us to want to read the book. So everyone in our house is reading or having the Hobbit read to them & when we are all done reading it we are going to get the 1977 animated movie & watch it!

     We have the 1977 animated movie!  We love it!  I made everyone mad when I said that they didn't do enough with Gandalf's smoke rings on the new movie.  It was one of the parts that have stuck with me since I first read it when I was a kid.  Yeah, I know, I'm a geek!  ;-)

    Hahaha that is Ok I am a Geek too!

  • No_Difference
    May 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM

     I don't know how self motivated he is, but goodreads.com has a "my goal for 2013" for how many books you want to read:
    http://www.goodreads.com/challenges/940-2013-reading-challenge 
    It also allows you to rate books, give feed back, and see other recomendations for good books.

    Okay so having known about this site for quiet awhile now, I've finally actually put in the books that I've read and loved. The recommendation lists that have come forth from these are pretty appealing thus far. So if he can find a type of book he really likes, it may introduce him to even more that really catches his interests!

    I need to know how to figure out how to prolong death until my extensive list of "want to read" books has gone through lol

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