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Stephen King for 12/13 year old?

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Skinnymalinksmalogenlegs · 15/08/2017 13:54


My Dd is 12 and would like to start reading Stephen King.

Can anyone recommend which books to start reading? She's interested in It but I don't think it's suitable for her just yet? Although it's been a long time since I read them, I was 12 or 13 when I started reading Stephen King.

Thank you

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NannyR · 15/08/2017 13:56

The girl who loved Tom gordon might be a good one, suspense but not really horror.

Janika · 15/08/2017 13:58

It freaked me out (also 12)..
Pet cemetery or the car one? Is it Caroline? What do you think she would make of Carrie? Very school based and bullies etc who get their comeuppance! She will love you as you hopefully (!) aren't like the mum in the book.

Fauxtatoes · 15/08/2017 14:00

Oh lots of them.

My DD started with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon at 12 and it's a great one. Needful things is another good one, Under the Dome, The Tommyknockers and Firestarter are all suspense but not horror.

Janika · 15/08/2017 14:00

Apologies if I'm way off - I read them 40 years ago..times have changed and all that.

PumpkinSpiceEverything · 15/08/2017 14:05

I'm going to third the suggestion of The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon

Skinnymalinksmalogenlegs · 15/08/2017 14:06

Thanks for the suggestions!

Christine I think is the car one?

I will check those out

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TheSecondOfHerName · 15/08/2017 14:09

I would start with the Bachman Books.

TheSecondOfHerName · 15/08/2017 14:10

Of those, The Long Walk is a good one to begin with.

Asalways · 15/08/2017 14:11

I read it the other day and the violent beatings and sex references mean I would feel bizarre recommending it to a 12 year old.

His short stories are good but not the recent ones. The collection with stand by me in is good

TheSecondOfHerName · 15/08/2017 14:14

The Body is another good one to start with.

arousingcheer · 15/08/2017 14:14

Lol, my reading was relatively unsupervised so I think I read them all around then. Different Seasons (the novellas incl Shawshank Redemption) would be ok apart from Apt Pupil which is very disturbing if I remember correctly.
Do you mainly want to avoid horror or sex?

Christine is about a haunted car, which I didn't find especially upsetting as a concept, but I can't remember if there was sexual content or gore etc. The Dead Zone is about someone who becomes clairvoyant after an accident but again not sure if there might be explicit or disturbing content somewhere.

God I loved the epic quality of The Stand and Salem's Lot (but they are both gory and scary). To this day I think there is nothing better than a really thick engrossing book you can get lost in for weeks.

TheSecondOfHerName · 15/08/2017 14:15

Cross-posted with Asalways. I think the collection with The Body (Stand By Me) is called Different Seasons.

NerrSnerr · 15/08/2017 14:17

I agree with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Maybe Cell? Under the Dome is great but long. Pet Semetary really freaked me out, personally I'd be weary. I read Gerald's Game as a young teen I wouldn't recommend that until much older Shock

Skinnymalinksmalogenlegs · 15/08/2017 14:32

I want to avoid sex mainly I think.

I remember reading It, Carrie, Cujo and more.

I think It is popular at the moment with the new movie coming out but I don't think it's suitable for her yet.

What other authors could she try?
She is just into horror and scary books and movies at the moment. I was the same at that age.

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SheSaidNoFuckThat · 15/08/2017 14:45

I was reading all his books at that age, don't see a problem with it, would let my DSs read them - if only they had any interest in books!

Asalways · 15/08/2017 15:34

Ray Bradbury shirt stories

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falandb · 15/08/2017 15:38

I remember reading some of the Point Horror series of books when I was around that age. A lot of them were R.L Stine and I progressed to them after goosebumps. They were very mild if I am remembering correctly. Might be a good place to start before leading up to the more intense horror.

Skinnymalinksmalogenlegs · 15/08/2017 18:28

Oh my God, blast from the past with point horror!!

Thanks for all the suggestions

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