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1357 Sat 01-Sep-07 21:44:43

my DS has gone from an avid reader-philip pullman etc to barely nothing-except sports biographies. what adult books could anyone recommend?-hes 14

Moomin Sat 01-Sep-07 21:57:01

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah (not an adult book but good for teenage lads esp)
Lord of the Flies maybe?
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

But I wouldn't say it's a bad thing to just read sports biogs at this stage - as long as he's reading. When he does his GCSEs he'll be reading a fair bit of fiction. The fact that he's reading for pleasure will help his reading skills anyway.

NotAnOtter Sat 01-Sep-07 22:00:50

my boy - 15 last week loves Hanif Kureshi ( sorry late after muchus bier so excuse spelling)

he has read curious incident etc and out grown a lot of teen stuff

he read some short stories by hanif and loved them and i have just bought buddha of suburbia for 11th birthday

1357 Sat 01-Sep-07 22:01:48

thanks for that

NotAnOtter Sat 01-Sep-07 22:03:00

no sorry for 15th birthday

lilolilmanchester Mon 10-Sep-07 18:41:24

any other suggestions? Mine loves reading but insists on re-reading all the Harry Potter books - must have read them all about 30 times, so keen to get some books out the library on his behalf....

mumblechum Mon 10-Sep-07 22:27:29

Try the Cherub books by Robert Muchamore. My 13 yr old ds loves them

very gritty, exciting books about teenage spies. Quite adult themes.

lilolilmanchester Mon 10-Sep-07 22:29:18

Thanks Mumblechum, will try those.

clerkKent Tue 11-Sep-07 12:24:27

DS (13) loves the Illmore Chronciles, a trilogy by David Lee Stone.

fleacircus Tue 11-Sep-07 12:28:08

Try Holes by Louis Sacher, it's great. Also Bali Rai is popular with teenage boys, all colloquial language and social problems but they like it. 'Dominoes' is short stories so doesn't seem like such a commitment. He might like 'Of Mice and Men' or 'Lord of the Flies' but will almost certainly have to read one of these for GCSE Literature. 'Catcher in the Rye' or 'The Outsiders' are both a bit dated but still draw kids in.

lilolilmanchester Tue 11-Sep-07 23:41:54

Thanks for the extra suggestions. Will look them up.

aig Thu 13-Sep-07 06:43:05

Terry Pratchett - all of them; Ben Elton - if he likes Big Brother start with Dead Famous otherwise Stark; fantasy books - the Magician series are good as is Earthsea. If he won't read them you may enjoy them all!

EmilyDavidson Thu 13-Sep-07 13:45:00

my 14yr old ds has recently devoured all the Bill Bryson books

2shoes Thu 13-Sep-07 22:38:45

ds loves Holes.
also re reads HP

aig Fri 14-Sep-07 23:08:11

My 20 yr old son (who endorses my earlier suggestions) also adds: Michael Crichton - especially Timeline!

kiskidee Fri 14-Sep-07 23:23:28

the Long Walk - it is a WW2 biography of a polish officer who was held as slave labour in Siberia, escaped and lived to tell the tale.

also recommend Barefoot Soldier - biography of Johnson Beharry, the latest Victoria Cross winner.

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