I am having trouble finding good book reads for my younger son who is now 11 years old. He has no diagnosed reading disabilities and no signs of any problems either. This son of mine taught himself to read befor he was four, and I put the finishing touches at age four (after he begged) by teaching him the hard phonics like 'ght' and such.
He enjoyed realistic fiction the most, the juvenile fiction for ages 9-12 such as Andrew Clements.
He liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid and reads some manga but not a lot of the graphic novel format, as he doesn't find much that jives with his interests.
He loved Harry Potter (which he just finished this summer) but is not interested in other good fantasy genre juvenile fiction books such as the Septimus Heap series. He loved the Rick Riordan series that started with Lightning Thief but he is not as passionate about his Kane Chronicles series. He liked the mythology tie but isn't a mythology junkie.
He's heard Narnia on CD and read aloud and seen the couple of movies that are out so he refuses to read the rest.
He pushes away the classics and anything that looks "babyish". He is not interested in stories set long ago that seem too old-fashioned such as book about American kid's lives in the early half of 1900. He doesn't want to read medieval tales such as Robin Hood.
My husband likes fast paced military and spy thrillers and is a Jack Higgins fan. My son stumbled upon a military thriller for young adults co-authored by Higgins, First Strike, and he loved it. My husband just started reading it out of curiosity and said, "they wasted no time jumping right into the action".
This son of mine also is not interested in reading non-fiction, he's not one of those kids with passions about topics that will read anything and everything to learn more about it.
Although this son loves lacrosse he has no interest in reading sports themed fiction.
In addition I have a sibling conflict thing going on where my younger son doesn't want too much to do with anything his older brother likes, so he even resists reading fiction that he knows his brother read and loved.
He does love to read when he finds something of interest. He carries books around with him to read while waiting around for this or that appointment.
I don't want him to dissolve more into listening to MP3 player songs or playing handheld video games when the day comes that he owns his own mobile smart phone. I also don't want him to turn into a texting addict which I know he will, when the day arrives that he gets text messaging.
I am at a loss here. Do you have any book suggestions for my son? Thanks!
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