books for teenagers who hate reading!(13 Posts)
what would you/yours recommend? It's not my field I'm afraid but I need to suggest some
Anything associated to a film they like for example The Simpsons
Don't be worried if they just read comics or graphic novels, as long as they are reading that's the main thing
Are we talking girls or boys?
the lemony snicket ones.
dd1 loved them and she's frankly not a reader
All write for a range of reading abilities and provide books with interesting storylines, good use of language and character.
TBH, though if you have any child that is reluctant to read, then buying them a book will not encourage them! Get them anything that is linked to whatever they are interested in. That may be a hook to pull them on to read more quality fiction.
i teach and the head of english is putting together a list of recommended stuff, he's a nice bloke and has emailed all staff for ideas. (I know nothing dd's 5 & 3) but would like to help him. See below for his email:
Following my appeal last term for a list of books that might stimulate those averse to print to start the reading habit, the following were suggested (mostly by pupils the aim was to find out what teenagers are reading, not what adults would like them to read, or remembered from their own youth).
As the sun sets over another summer, have you or your family come across any others that are emphatically NOT Good books, but which managed to beguile you away from the surf or turf or television? Thanks
Adams, Douglas The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Beard, Henry Bored of the Rings
Blackman, Malorie Noughts and Crosses / Checkmate
Browne, Dan Angels and Demons/Digital Fortress
Bryson, Bill A Short History of Nearly Everything / Notes from a Small Island
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl / The seventh dwarf
Cooper, Jilly Riders / Polo / Rivals
Dahl, Roald The Twits
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones Diary
Fogle, Ben The Crossing / Offshore
Francis, Dick Under Orders / In the Frame
Gerber, Michael Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody
Grafton, Sue A is for Alibi / I is for Innocent
Haig, Matt The Last Family in England
Higson, Charlie Double or Die
Higson, Charlie Silverfin (Young Bond)
Horowitz, Antony Stormbreaker / Alex Rider / Power of Five
Hyde, Catherine Love in the Present Tense
Kesey, Ken One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
King, Stephen The Dark Tower / It
Limb, Sue Girl, 15, Charming but Insane
Milligan, Spike Adolf Hitler: My part in his Downfall
Morpurgo, Michael Private Peaceful
Muchamore, Robert The Recruit (Cherub)
Patterson, James Kiss the Girls / Roses are Red / Maximum Ride
Pinsent, Matthew A Lifetime in a Race
Pratchett, Terry Masquerade / Weird Sisters / Going Postal
Rennison Louise Then he ate my boy entrancers / Startled by his furry shorts
Roberts, Adam The Va Dinci Cod
Rowlings, J K Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Sachar, Louis Holes / Small Steps
Sedgwick, Marcus My Swordhand is Singing
Shan, Darren Saga / Vampire Trilogy / Lord Loss
Spielberg, Stephen The Movie book
The Guinness Book of Records
The Horrible Histories / Horrible Science
Thompson, Harry Penguins Stopped Play: 11 Village Cricketers Take on the World
Tolkein, JRR Lord of the Rings
Trevor , Elleston The Sibling
Wallington, Mark 500 mile Walkies
DS (14) usually a non reader has read Chris Ryan this summer. Also biographies of people like Jimi Hendrix, Cherub series (Robert Muchamore) and those How to Survive books. This sounds pathetic but is actually quite a breakthrough.
Alex Rider. Lemony Snickett, JK Rowling do not work for the boys I know after age 11-12 ish. Too uncool. Pity.
Michael Morpurgo has stayed the course though.
dd1 also loved The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - not really a children's book, more a grown up fairy tale, but she enjoyed it.
Spoke to dd1 and she said to say that she loved Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series - Magyk, Flyte and Physik.
it can be 'crappy' books - ie. not what adults want them to read necessarily but just stuff to get them to read. He had in mind a particularly disaffected Y 10 girl and wanted to inspire her. Thanks so far...
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