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I really need some titles for books my son can “get lost in” on his own. He does not think of reading as enjoyable. The last book he read that he liked was Where the Red Fern Grows. He said that he likes books where “bad things happen to people,” lol. When I asked him for an example, he said he liked it when Pa got shot in the arm in one of the Little House books I must have read to them. He doesn’t seem to like fantasy. He started Fellowship of the Ring but has grown bored with it and I don’t want to push him to finish it. Thank you for any suggestions!alphabetikaParticipant
Maybe look into Gary Paulsen books? Lots of peril, survival, being stranded, hunger and thirst, etc. Right up his alley! And I believe the main characters are usually teen boys.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Great suggestion. I asked my older son and he said he really enjoyed those himself. He really liked Lawn Boy. I ordered a copy of Hatchet from amazon. Thank you so much!</p>alphabetikaParticipant
You’re welcome! Funnily enough, I have never read one of these books! I have daughters, and even the one most interested in these kinds of topics never decided to read one. But I think both of my older daughters would also recommend My Side of the Mountain, where a boy goes and lives in the woods by choice. There are three books in the series, and I believe the last one is from the point of view of the falcon that lives with him during his time in the woods. I can’t remember what caused him to go to the woods in the first place, though, or what his relationship to his family was, so that might be worth checking into.
Okay, I just asked my 21yo (the one whose interests most closely align with your son’s – hee hee!) and she suggested historical fiction dealing with war, like Civil War or WWII fiction. My 10yo said, “The Hobbit!” before she knew fantasy isn’t on the list. (I can see why it’s not of interest – bad things happening to hobbits feels far removed from bad things happening to people, when you’re a person instead of a hobbit. My kids seem to go through stages where they’re hobbits.)
If you are not limited to fiction, you might look into biographies and memoirs. You would have tons to choose from!
Exactly—re: The Hobbit. 🙂
I believe he has read My Side…that was one of my favorites as a youngster.
Thanks for these suggestions!
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