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#358996 - 12/10/07 02:54 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: Shaun]
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Oh right Shaun, thanks, thats probably why I got them confused! At the moment we are reading Stormthief - slowly!!


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#360636 - 12/18/07 07:29 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: BellaShorts]
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My oldest son recently had a book to read for school - "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card.

Whenever one of the kids gets a book to read for school that I haven't read yet, I always jump on it so I can discuss it with them. And occasionally I'll get a real winner - this was one of those.

I think kids that fall into the "gifted" category will especially like this book, as its protagonist is a genious child who is bred and raised to lead the world's armed forces.

But I was really impressed, and plan on reading the rest of the books in the series, too.


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#360642 - 12/18/07 08:35 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: Chelle - Marriage Editor]
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Speaking of Card, might I suggest his Alvin Maker series (starts with Seventh Son)? Historical fiction, billed as "America as it might have been." Folk magic, politics, adventure, family and friendship, and a strong moral theme all wrapped into an alternate version of the US in the mid 19th century. The fun bonus for me, reading it as an adult, was comparing the locations on Card's map of the US to the real one and meeting characters based on real historical figures. Any teen into fantasy, history, or even a general fiction lover could get into this series.


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#360650 - 12/18/07 08:57 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: M.B.]
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Wow, Ender's Game is such a classic, a really amazing book! And I personally loved the Alvin Maker series so I can second that recommendation. It was fascinating to run across real historical people done slightly differently in this universe (e.g., Andrew Jackson is evil in this world).


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#371835 - 02/01/08 11:58 PM Re: Teen Book Recommendations [Re: MB2345]
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Thanks myrabeth, bellaharmony, karm and all for the Orson Scott Card suggestions. What age range would you recommend? I might see if our local library has any for my teens.


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#372017 - 02/02/08 11:45 PM Life Experience Books For Teens [Re: BellaShorts]
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Are all teens brats - like 'The Brat' in Anne Enright's Short Story? I don't think so, but there are many Behaviour Modification Programs which recommend different strategies to change the attitudes of those who are.

For instance, one theory suggests that teens 'act up' or 'down' according to our expectations of them - a sort of 'self-fulfilling prophecy.'

As someone famous once said "catch them being good and seize the moment to praise them." (I will look up!)

Either way, poor Clare in the story is made of stern stuff and determines to lift herself out of a bitterly miserable home situation in order to make something of herself and find first love.

These stories from The Portable Virgin certainly got my daughter's attention, but are they too cynical for younger teens? Or is it good for them to have a realistic and streetwise outlook as they approach our challenging adult world?

Did our own harrowing/sweet Valentine experiences help shape or discolor our later attitudes to trust? Valentine Reading opinions on:
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#379723 - 02/23/08 01:00 AM Re: Life Experience Books For Teens [Re: BellaShorts]
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We just discovered a great funny, fast-paced new book for sons who don't care to read!

It's from the Diamond Brothers Stories by Anthony Horowitz Three of Diamonds.

It's three short private eye mysteries in one. Even I laughed while I was reading them aloud to my son.

I reviewed here if you'd like more details.....

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#379751 - 02/23/08 03:50 AM Re: Life Experience Books For Teens [Re: BellaShorts]
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PS He also wrote the brilliant 'Stormbreaker' and 'Alex Rider' series.

What makes Anthony Horowitz such a successful kids writer? Could it be the fact that he has teen sons of his own?
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#379941 - 02/23/08 11:01 AM Re: Life Experience Books For Teens [Re: BellaShorts]
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For kids who need a little extra learning support, Stormbreaker is also available as a movie/dvd/ - AND - graphic novel!
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#452554 - 09/15/08 09:29 AM Re: Books For Sons [Re: BellaShorts]
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J. K. Rowling 'The Tales Of Beedle The Bard'

This is released for purchase from early December in the UK, and doubtless will have lots of enthusiasts getting in line to get their copy - and some of them will be adults!

But is the writing standard high enough to challenge older readers?

Many kids adore Harry Potter, but mine never took to him, although they would happily watch the movies. Is there an age when teens get too old for J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter?

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