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    I know we do this a lot - asking for book selections for specific kids - so i am hoping you can help me out yet again. I broke down and took four of my kids to the library today for our first time since moving here. I wanted to get some easy readers for my six year old to practice reading. We were pleasantly surprised to easily find books from favorite series for everyone except my 14 year old son. The principal reason for this is of course that he does not have a favorite series! Suggestions?

    His last bit of fiction reading was the Horatius Hornblower Books, which he really enjoyed. But we have not stumbled upon another good “enjoyment” reading author or series in a really long while. And summer is coming! Help!

    AMDG,
    Sarah
    2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
    DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
    DS, 16
    DD, 14
    DD, 12
    DD, 10
    DD, 7.5
    DD, 5.5
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    #2
    Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

    Has he read Sherlock Holmes?
    Festina lentē,
    Jessica P

    SY2019-2020 · 8th MP Year
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      #3
      Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

      Yep. Loved it. I think mysteries are a good route for holding his attention...any experience with Agatha Christie? I always loved mysteries, but I never read her and therefore don’t know age-range on them. Any other good detectives?

      AMDG,
      Sarah
      2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
      DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
      DS, 16
      DD, 14
      DD, 12
      DD, 10
      DD, 7.5
      DD, 5.5
      +DS+
      DS, 18 months

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        #4
        Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

        “A Wrinkle in Time” and it’s companion books are all loads of fun.
        Of course, the “Narnia” Series and LOTR.

        I’d also recommend:
        Agatha Christie (“And Then There Were None” springs to mind quickest, but he could read all the Miss Marple and/or Hercule Poirot books and be busy for quite some time)
        The Hardy Boys
        Nancy Drew

        One-offs:
        Fahrenheit 451
        1984
        Animal Farm
        Kidnapped
        Treasure Island
        The Call of the Wild
        Moonfleet (1898)
        The Children of the New Forest (1847)
        The Yearling
        Never Cry Wolf
        Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
        Le Morte de Arthur
        Into Thin Air (non-fiction, about Mt Everest)
        Last edited by Anita; 03-23-2018, 05:24 PM.
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          #5
          Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

          Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
          Yep. Loved it. I think mysteries are a good route for holding his attention...any experience with Agatha Christie? I always loved mysteries, but I never read her and therefore don’t know age-range on them. Any other good detectives?

          AMDG,
          Sarah
          Agatha Christie is generally a good bet. Not too racy, not too gory, always understated, very nuanced, lots of tea, scones, lawn tennis, motor cars and murder. It’s a jolly holiday compared to modern mysteries.

          My husband loves PD James (so does Tanya) but I’m not 100% on the age-suitability. You’d have to research her a bit.

          BTW: does anyone find it ridiculous that music, movies, video games, TV and streaming content all have maturity ratings but books do not? Can we get this started, publishing houses?! It’s a jungle out there. Slap a label on some text, would ya? I’d buy more books (well... maybe...).
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            #6
            Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

            Father Brown series? I really don’t remember what age it’s most suited for, however. Mark Twain.

            My son doesn’t do a lot of pleasure reading but does a lot of pleasure listening We are listening to LOtR currently. So good! He is also very interested in poetry and short stories and has read several poetry anthologies. He has a massive Edgar AllenPoe book from the library right now. To get him to complete a big novel outside of school work is nearly impossible but these short stories and poems have been keeping him reading.

            Thought Of a few more..Green Ember series. We’ve all really enjoyed those! And the Mysterious Benedict Society series.
            Katie

            2019/20 6th year with MP
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              #7
              Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

              I remember reading Agatha Christie in middle school. I also liked the Dorothy Sayers Peter Wimsey series.

              I recently saw an article on Crisis Magazine that was written about on Fr. Z's blog that had a really good list of books for boys. Maybe a month ago...I registered to get a copy mailed, but it hasn't arrived yet. I will have to see if I can find it, but if I look right now I will lose this post. One of the commenters also recommended an older series called the Biggles set during WW1 which I ordered one of off Amazon. My 12yo really liked it and has requested more. Luckily, there appear to be over 100 overall (not all on Amazon) with maybe 10 that appeared to be in print.

              Off to look for a link...found it

              https://www.crisismagazine.com/2018/...ery-boy-hazard
              Last edited by Mom2mthj; 03-23-2018, 07:29 PM. Reason: Found link
              Dorinda

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                #8
                Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                Peter Wimsey! I love Peter Wimsey!

                Tanya

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                  #9
                  Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                  Listening in for my boys.

                  Also wondering if there’s a good book/books or series about WW2? My grandfather was a Vet and fought in both France and Germany. We were looking through old papers, pictures, medals, etc today. All of my kids were hovered around me and very intrigued.
                  Joyfully, Courtney
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                    #10
                    Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                    My son has really enjoyed Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries, as well as Brian Jaques' Redwall series, and also has been reading some Henty historical fiction works off/on for years. His all time faves have been LOTR.

                    Oh! And another amazing series is Ralph Moody's Little Britches series.

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                      #11
                      Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                      Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
                      Listening in for my boys.

                      Also wondering if there’s a good book/books or series about WW2? My grandfather was a Vet and fought in both France and Germany. We were looking through old papers, pictures, medals, etc today. All of my kids were hovered around me and very intrigued.
                      You might look at some of the titles in the landmark series. Many aren't in print, but are on eBay. There are many non-fiction WW2 type selections if I remember correctly. I think some of the later titles in the Biggles series I mentioned were set during WW2.
                      Dorinda

                      For 2019-2020
                      DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
                      DS 14 - 8th with MPOA(Fourth Form), CLRC(Intro Lit and Comp), plus Algebra, Field Biology, Classical Studies 1
                      DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
                      DS 6 - 1st with Prima Latina

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                        #12
                        Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                        Originally posted by RunnerJoy View Post
                        Listening in for my boys.

                        Also wondering if there’s a good book/books or series about WW2? My grandfather was a Vet and fought in both France and Germany. We were looking through old papers, pictures, medals, etc today. All of my kids were hovered around me and very intrigued.
                        Hilda van Stockum! She wrote The Winged Watchman that we read in 4th or 5th grade, but she also wrote The Borrowed House - both about WWII, both good.

                        The Yellow Star, by Carmen Agra Deedy is also very good. It's in picture book format, but is very good for kids through 5th or 6th grade.

                        Number the Stars - another one we read in 5th or 6th grade, is really good.

                        The Boy on the Wooden Box, by Leon Leyson is great, esp. for boys. I'd put this one at 4th grade and up. It's the story of a boy who made it onto Schindler's infamous list. <3

                        Lastly, I can't remember how old your oldest is, but the movie "Life is Beautiful" is so, so good. I just sob every time I see it. (My husband asks, "How can you cry when there are subtitles? I'm too busy reading!")


                        I'm actually getting ready to listen to The Book Thief on audiobook to see if it's appropriate for my kids. I'll let you know if I like it.

                        My husband's uncle is married to a woman whose parents are German. Both are survivors. Her dad actually ran away from a prison camp and fibbed his way to England. He didn't speak a word of English but got a job at a store and learned as he went along. When asked how he did it he responded, "When it's a matter of life and death, you figure it out". He is the only member of his family who escaped alive. His wife remembers the SS searching their house, looking for her brothers. They put a gun to her mother's head and said they'd blow it off if she didn't give them up. She lost both parents and her brothers. Only she and her sister survived.
                        Both of my grandfathers fought in WWII - one as a Seabee who was among the first onto Normandy Beach on D-Day and the other was a tail gunner, with some harrowing stories of his own. They give a very different perspective. We've done a lot of reading and research on WWII and on the Holocaust because of this. It is incredibly humbling to be able to talk to people who were there, both as prisoners and as fighters.
                        Last edited by Mary; 03-23-2018, 08:18 PM. Reason: Forgot one...
                        Mary

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                          #13
                          Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                          Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
                          Yep. Loved it. I think mysteries are a good route for holding his attention...any experience with Agatha Christie? I always loved mysteries, but I never read her and therefore don’t know age-range on them. Any other good detectives?

                          AMDG,
                          Sarah
                          Maybe he'd like this? Cindy Rollins recommends his other lesser know title The White Company set during the Hundred Years' War, England/France/Spain, 1300s.

                          Ah! Just found this excellent list from Cindy here: https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/...honorable-boys This lady knows her stuff having raised 8 boys (and 1 girl).
                          Last edited by pickandgrin; 03-23-2018, 08:10 PM.
                          Festina lentē,
                          Jessica P

                          SY2019-2020 · 8th MP Year
                          @ Home, HLN, & MPOA
                          S · 10th, MPOA Henle 3
                          D · 8th
                          D · 5th
                          S · 2nd

                          Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School

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                            #14
                            Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                            Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
                            Yep. Loved it. I think mysteries are a good route for holding his attention...any experience with Agatha Christie? I always loved mysteries, but I never read her and therefore don’t know age-range on them. Any other good detectives?

                            AMDG,
                            Sarah
                            I’m an Agatha Christie fan and started reading her as a teenager. Has he read the Fr Brown books? Poe’s stories? Does he like science fiction? Jules Verne books, C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy...My 14 yo son really enjoyed the first two books, but we’re waiting until he’s older for That Hideous Strength. He also just read Huck Finn for fun and loved it.
                            Catherine

                            2019-20
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                            DS13, 7th
                            DS11, 6th
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                              #15
                              Re: Good book series for teenage boys?

                              Thank you everyone! Some great links that I will follow up on...

                              He has read a lot of these suggestions, but there are a few new ones people have mentioned, so I will try to dig them up. Reading for pleasure is generally not his thing, but I still have a few years to keep trying!

                              AMDG,
                              Sarah
                              2019-2020 - 9th Year with MP
                              DD, 18, Homeschool grad; Art major/philosophy minor
                              DS, 16
                              DD, 14
                              DD, 12
                              DD, 10
                              DD, 7.5
                              DD, 5.5
                              +DS+
                              DS, 18 months

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