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My ds is reading .... Inspire him!

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MrsExtraOrdinary Thu 10-Jul-14 21:22:06

Ds is nearly 16, just finishing year 10. He was reading age 3, loved reading and read daily. The last few years have been a struggle and everything else is more interesting. Girls, computers, friends, socialising. He's currently grounded for abominable school report. English being fairly awful. In every area he is capable very bright but just can't be bothered.

Today I bought him a book and for the first time in 5 years he's choosing to read. Chapter 7 so far. Charlie Higson.

So inspire him and me with some gripping books. He only started reading a couple of hours ago and he's hooked. I'm delighted.

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Thu 10-Jul-14 21:27:18

Have a look at The Bunker Diaries reviews on Amazon. Looks fairly gripping and has won awards. Looks like it is based for young adults/older teens as its about a homeless boy, and others being kept in a bunker, they are all killed off one by one. Not read it myself but it will definitely interest my DS when he's a couple of years older to cope with its content.

MrsExtraOrdinary Thu 10-Jul-14 21:32:10

Thankyou Ido. Will check that out now smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 10-Jul-14 21:42:16

ow about the Fault in our Stars? Think that's a Young Adult book..

Eebahgum Thu 10-Jul-14 21:44:27

I've just finished a fault in our stars - it was good, but about two teens with cancer who fall madly in love. Struck me as being aimed at teenage girls.

MrsExtraOrdinary Thu 10-Jul-14 21:44:43

Pop I've not heard of that one. Will have a google.

MrsExtraOrdinary Thu 10-Jul-14 21:46:05

I'm not sure why my iPad decided to write "pop" at the beginning of that sentence. Whoops!

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Thu 10-Jul-14 21:46:34

If he does read The Bunker Diary be interesting to see what age range he thinks it would be suitable for. Seems a varied mix from the Amazon reviews, I might be being over cautious with my 13 yr old.

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Thu 10-Jul-14 21:47:31

Yes I've read Fault in our Stars and would agree its probably more the female market.

JohnFarleysRuskin Thu 10-Jul-14 21:49:30

I wouldn't fancy bunker diaries! Looks v bleak...but then Ds loved hunger games which isn't exactly a barrel of laughs...

fluffydoge Thu 10-Jul-14 21:51:37

Maybe for a bit younger but my 15 year old DD (also just finishing year 10) really enjoys the Cherub series.

TOADfan Thu 10-Jul-14 21:53:21

I would highly recommend the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Maybe a bit young but I still love them at 24.

Also can't go wrong with Harry Potter if he's never read them.

DottyDot Thu 10-Jul-14 21:53:35

Don't know if they would seem too young for your ds, but my ds, who's nearly 13 and a very reluctant reader has loved the Robert Muchamore Cherub series - they are the only books he has ever willingly picked up and enjoyed - probably a bit too old for him but I haven't wanted to stop him...

Is Lee Child too old? I love them and if your ds likes crime/thriller type books they're brilliant and easy to read?

JohnFarleysRuskin Thu 10-Jul-14 21:53:54

Yes Ds liked cherub and anything by Anthony Horowitz.
If your Ds likes young Bond maybe he could read the Ian Fleming novels...

DottyDot Thu 10-Jul-14 21:54:08

Crossed posts with fluffy!

TheWhispersOfTheGods Thu 10-Jul-14 21:54:20

My reading phobic brother LOVED Darren Shan's series, one series is vampires and the other demons, well written teen fiction, I liked them in my late teens too. Called Cirque Du Freak and the Demonata (sp!) series, I think 12 books in the first series and 10 in the second? Well worth a look.

TheReluctantCountess Thu 10-Jul-14 21:56:01

My year tens that I teach loved a book called Martyn Pig.

How about Face by Benjamin Zephaniah?

StandardHeight Thu 10-Jul-14 21:56:48

If the sense of humour suits him how about starting on the discworld series

TheWhispersOfTheGods Thu 10-Jul-14 21:57:31

And if he likes fantasy or dystopia, try Garth Nix, Shade's Children is good but a bit dark. Quite Hunger Games in its content. Also maybe try Pratchett and Neil Gaimen.

BettyBolognese Thu 10-Jul-14 21:58:32

Charlie Higson has written quite a few books so there'll be plenty more to chose from. What about Hunger Games? Maze Runner? Enders Game?

TheresASnakeInMyBoot Thu 10-Jul-14 22:00:05

All the ones I was going to recommend have already been said which makes this post slightly redundant, but I will add Eoin Colfer to the list of authors. He has quite a few books, I suspect he is too old for the Artemis Fowl series, but he has a newer series out at the moment which is part modern day, part time travel to Victorian London. I heard him reading from it a couple of weeks ago and it sounded brilliant!

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Thu 10-Jul-14 22:02:06

If he fancies a bit of non-fiction, my DS and I howled with laughter at Carl Pilkingtons The Moaning of Life, hilarious and well written.

fluffydoge Thu 10-Jul-14 22:04:35

The curious incident of the dog in the night time

iseenodust Thu 10-Jul-14 22:17:15

My nephew came to reading alte and it was Wilbur Smith sagas that hooked him.
For humour try Carl Hiassen does adult & teen so use amazon reviews to choose.

Rivercam Thu 10-Jul-14 22:23:26

My year 9 ds loves the Cherub and Henderson boys by Robert Muchamore.

He has loves biographies and has read several sporting biographies.

What about the Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy?

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