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books for teenagers who hate reading!

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yogabird Mon 27-Aug-07 18:52:27

what would you/yours recommend? It's not my field I'm afraid but I need to suggest some grin

nell12 Mon 27-Aug-07 18:54:05

boy or girl?

LucyJones Mon 27-Aug-07 18:54:48

Harry potter
Lemony Snicket
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?

fryalot Mon 27-Aug-07 18:54:52

the lemony snicket ones.

dd1 loved them and she's frankly not a reader

yogabird Mon 27-Aug-07 19:03:44

boys and girls smile

nell12 Mon 27-Aug-07 19:06:16

Philip Pullman
Michael Morpurgo
Anne Fine
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Louis Sachar

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.

yogabird Mon 27-Aug-07 19:13:02

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-hiker’s 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 Cuckoo’s 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

thanks smile

yogabird Mon 27-Aug-07 19:59:08

anyone with teenagers?

slowreader Mon 27-Aug-07 20:06:19

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.

fryalot Mon 27-Aug-07 21:38:23

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.

yogabird Mon 27-Aug-07 21:38:51

thanks for this - any more teenager ideas?

fryalot Tue 28-Aug-07 18:22:03

Spoke to dd1 and she said to say that she loved Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series - Magyk, Flyte and Physik.

hth

yogabird Tue 28-Aug-07 20:24:50

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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