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Old 09-05-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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My DS has been informed he must have a fiction book to read at school. He is not a reader - actively avoids it at all costs (and breaks my heart each time).
I teach much younger children so I'm looking for some books I can suggest to him.
He enjoys adventure and action types of books -- where things keep happening and there aren't long passages that are descriptions of setting etc. It is hard to keep his attention in a book.
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Has he read the Alex Rider series? It's younger than 8th grade reading level but it's still interesting enough for older readers. Same with the 39 Clues series, not great literature, but at least it's not boring for older readers.

If he's "not a reader" sometimes the lower level but high interest books are good gateway books even if you test at grade level.
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:45 PM
 
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Try Fuzzy Mud

The Unwind Series is amazing!
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:06 PM
 
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My 7th grade non-reader asked for Ready Player One, and seems to be enjoying it when he actually reads.
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:47 PM
 
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How about the Percy Jackson series.


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Old 09-05-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Chasing Lincolnís Killer, by Swanson
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All of the above and then more.

Maybe the Michael Vey series? This one surprised me and I found I really liked it. Harry Potter series (even if he's seen the movies), anything by Jason Reynolds or Kwame Alexander.

What is your son interested in? What kinds of TV shows, movies, video games??? That would help me narrow it down some more.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:57 AM
 
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My son is the same way!

I have suggested to him, and he has enjoyed:

1. The Forrest of Hands and Teeth - has a girl protagonist which is usually a no go but he still read it all and enjoyed it.

1. The Unwind series

3. Ready player one-If your conservative you might not be happy with this though, read the first couple of chapter yourself to see. I read books first and it raised my eyebrow several times right in the beginning but I let mine read it anyway at 15.

4. The Maze Runner series-My son LOVED these

5. The Gone series -but I directed him to another book before he got to (I think) book 4 or 5 since the 2 teens have sex-its not really told about but you know it happened and then one gets pregnant. This plot line made me uncomfortable since my son was only 12 or 13.

6. Hunger games series

7 The last apprentice series
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Here are a few
Old 09-06-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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These have been hits with my sons and their friends:
Holes by Louis Sachar
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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The Series of Unfortunate Events - the Netflix show is wonderful and maybe something you could watch one episode of first to pique his interest or afterward to compare

Alex Rider series - teenage spy - action packed

Any of the dystopian series - Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent

James Patterson and John Grisham write series for upper elementary/middle that he might like, and Patterson also has a teenage series


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Old 09-06-2018, 11:26 AM
 
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The Giver (and the sequels) by Lois Lowery
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
The Mysterious Benedict Society series
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