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#358586 - 12/07/07 02:58 PM Re: Books For Sons [Re: BellaShorts]
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Registered: 10/26/07
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PS List for boys

Terry Pratchett
Phillip Pullman (aka Golden Compass/Northern Lights
Alex Rider stories
Manga/Anime/Graphic Novels/Comics !!
Doctor Who


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#358589 - 12/07/07 03:07 PM Re: Books For Sons [Re: BellaShorts]
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Yeah, I wouldn't pick up a King book to read again. It really was quite shocking and more-so how much it really sucked me in. I HAD to know what happened next. What an amazing writer.

As for Catcher in the Rye, I have heard it is awesome and that many people remember it as being one of the most influential of their teenage years. All I can remember is that I couldn't get through it. It just didn't engross me. So I have no idea what it is about, actually. I was reading Brian Jacques' "Redwall" series (which I would absolutely recommend to any teen), The Invisible Man and The Time Machine at the time and Catcher just didn't measure up to rodent medieval warfare and mad scientists. LOL. I told you I am a geek.

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#358594 - 12/07/07 04:04 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: Melissa Editor]
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It's so funny that y'all mention Stephen King...

I have always loved to read, my mom used to have to force me outside during the summer. But when I really started devouring books, was after I read "Firestarter" by King in the 6th grade.

But I've always been more drawn to horror, scifi, and fantasy. For Christmas every year, my favorite present would always be whatever set of books I got under the tree.

Anne MeCaffrey's Dragon rider series is a very good one for guys and girls.
The original "Frankenstein" and "Dracula"
"Childhood's End"
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy
"Gone With the Wind"

Really, I think any book that has been made into a movie is a good one to read. Because it demonstrates how much more powerful an individual's imagination is than the screen.


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#358633 - 12/07/07 11:34 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: Chelle - Marriage Editor]
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BellaHarmony - thanks for the Anne McCaffery ideas - I am writing all these down, my daughter is a voracious reader but cant be bothered to go to the library! so I go for her. At present she is romping through Crimson Petal (Faber) but will need something to move on to.
So you read any historical stuff?


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#358635 - 12/07/07 11:40 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: Melissa Editor]
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Melissa - you dont sound like a geek as,amazingly, your experience with Catcher is exactly the same as my daughter who no way is a geek! Only, she Has to read it because its on her syllabus! My son read the first 3 chapters (hes 13) and they Both Hated it!
As teens, their opinion was quite strong - they hated his 'inner voice', his criticisms of other students, his bad language, and the whole preppy theme. My daughter warmed to the guy towards the end .... I wont say why as maybe you will pick it up again?
I heard a rumour Salinger might write another. Strangely, my husband raved about this book when he read it as a student - very odd, maybe it has something to do with the English teachers?


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#358969 - 12/10/07 01:04 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: BellaShorts]
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Great Stories for boys - PS The Alex Rider books are by Anthony Horowitz, a great childrens author who has 2 sons himself and they check his stories! They are a sort of junior James Bond. Very successful in our house - theres also a film, which helps.


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#358973 - 12/10/07 01:21 PM Re: What Should Our Teens be Reading? [Re: Carol- Today In History]
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Carol, what are these books about dysfunctional families? I am intrigued!

Does anyone know anything about Chris Ryan books? My sons friends read them - SAS, soldiering I think - arent they for adults, or am I getting him mixed up with Andy McNab?
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#358981 - 12/10/07 01:50 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: BellaShorts]
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Registered: 10/11/05
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I'd add Isaac Asimov for boys. He wrote a lot of short stories too, which are quick, easy reads.

Also, check out some of the great Aussie YA writers:
Tim Winton (Lockie Leonard)
John Marsden (Tomorrow when the war began)
Garth Nix (Abhorsen Trilogy)
Emily Rodda (Deltora Quest series, Rowan of Rinn)
Kate Forsyth (Starthorn Tree)
Isobelle Carmody (Obernewtyn Chronicles)
Garry Disher
Felice Arena and Garry Lyon (Specky Magee)


Edit: Duh! I forgot Anita Bell (whom our Embroidery Editor actually went to school with!) Teen/YA: Kirby's Crusaders series

and for older boys into hardcore science fiction:
Greg Egan

for younger boys/pre-teens:
Morris Gleitzman (Bumface)
Andy Griffiths (The day my bum went psycho)
Shaun Tan



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#358985 - 12/10/07 02:20 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: BellaShorts]
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Registered: 09/09/05
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Originally Posted By: inspirangel one
Does anyone know anything about Chris Ryan books? My sons friends read them - SAS, soldiering I think - arent they for adults, or am I getting him mixed up with Andy McNab?


I haven't read them, but both Ryan and McNab have a series of books aimed at the teen market.


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#358992 - 12/10/07 02:46 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: elle]
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Cool Recommendations Elle! Garth Nix - of course, why didnt I remember him? Did he do the Sir Thursday ones? My son loved those in Jubior school!
Also, those funny ones sound great!

Thanks!


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