Hi everyone. Can anyone recommend books for my 11 year old son to read. He doesn't like to read for pleasure. Not into Harry Potter. Need suggestions.

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Angela - posted on 01/20/2009

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how about books about something that he is interested in... football, science...etc. My nefew is that age and thats what he likes to read. anything that will educate him all about something that he is interested in. Its a good start, then it will sprout from there... even something like oragami or... hygene LOL. maybe girls... anything...about anything.

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Richard - posted on 02/08/2014

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Renee - posted on 03/27/2013

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I would recommend chicken soup books, they're great and very inspirational and are real life stories. I bought my 10 year old daughter chicken soup for a girls soul and 5 yrs later still loves it! :)

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2013

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Does he like silly books? Lieography of Babe Ruth or Lieography of Harry Houdini are just for that age and we love them.

Helen - posted on 07/29/2012

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Perhaps have him start on manga. The level is not really hard but there are also graphics, for teens and plenty of action.
Something like Naruto?

I still remember those days.

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Gary Paulson and Will Hobbs write books specifically for boys.  They are full of action and adventure and young men this age.  Alex Horowitz books have a more modern spy flair.



I would also suggest getting audio books either from your library as CDs, tapes or MP3s or from a service like Audible.com  We do this for listening to while we play with legos or whatever.  Children can listen to books that might be above their reading level and get so much out of them (vocabulary, ideas, etc) that they might miss out on reading younger books or struggling with reading older books.



-MoniqueWS

Lynda - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Ann:

Hi everyone. Can anyone recommend books for my 11 year old son to read. He doesn't like to read for pleasure. Not into Harry Potter. Need suggestions.




hello Ann, my son was the same all the way through primary school and secondary, he was one of the top kids in his class in english i dont know how because he never read a book! but i always read to him. he was bored very easily and his school complained that he showed no interest in reading the books that they offered!  he was diagnosed with a mild form of ADHD at the age of twelve, and i discovered that he seemed to prefer grown up books that were either funny or edgy! spike milligan was one of the 1st grown up books that i read to him and he loved it!! i read to him untill he was about 13 until he discovered girls!!! so dont worry too much as long as his english is ok he will discover his own taste in literature. now  hes 19 and prefers the newspapers unfortunately just the sports page!!!

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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You said that he was interested in motorbikes and sports... well, I I think that's your answer. My little bro was into Ocean life, Snakes, and Star Wars. We got him books on those subject and he loved it. The book on ocean life was about different whales and dolphins. Each animal was a short story of sorts. I understand how your son may not have the attention span or patience for a long story at this stage. Start with short stories or something that really peaks his interest. I also agree with the library route. Why buy a bunch of books that he'll never read? Books are expensive these days.

User - posted on 01/19/2009

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Don't forget about the entire world of non-fiction! If he is into sports, find biographies of sports figures and books they have written of their experiences!

Lianne - posted on 01/19/2009

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I would find out what he likes to read and get that for him.  My son, since he was little (4 years old) has begged me to read science books for bedtime stories.  He still has his stash of science books by the bed and that is what he will read at night.  If  you can find what children like, they will usually or eventually move on to other interests or develop new ones.  My son is loving the book, "The Christmas Sweater" by Glenn Beck.  I began reading it to my kids (another way to peak their interest) and he has taken it to read on his own. 



Good luck! 

Tamsin - posted on 01/19/2009

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My son started reading the Dr Who Adventures comic (BBC magazines) and then moved on to the Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott. There are 18 books in the series but he stopped at 13. They are aimed at children of a lower age but seem to be a great starting block. I thought that my son should then move on to Harry Potter but he didn't get on with them at all, and now he's reading the Narnia series, which he really seems to enjoy (although a gentle prod towards picking up a book rather than watching TV is generally required). Hope that's of some help. ;o)

User - posted on 01/18/2009

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what about commic books. i know they are not the worlds greatest but there is  such a huge selection of them out there and they are about 2 - 5 bucks each... it is reading with still being a little bit cool.. good luck

Jo - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son is 10 and he doesn't like reading much but he does love to read the Captain Underpants books by Dave Pikey or any of the Andy Griffiths books (Just Shocking, Just Annoying etc). I think because they have games and jokes etc with in the books.

Kristina - posted on 01/18/2009

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If he is into sports, try anything by Matt Christopher. He writes a series of sports books geared for middle school sudents - I haven't met any of my students yet that haven't loved them!

Melinda - posted on 01/18/2009

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My daughter enjoys Levin Thumbs. I personally haven't read them, but my daughter is pretty picky on what she will read.

User - posted on 01/18/2009

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Try Hatchett and the books that follow by Gary Paulsen. My son loved these books about a boy stranded after he was in a plane crash and he had to survive on his own.

Lynn Stern - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son loved the books written by Henry Winkler ( the fonz from happy days). The name of the books are Hank Zipzer. I think there are 15 in the series. My son laughed every night he read these.



What about books on CD? They also help spark and interest in following along with the book.



Good Luck,



Lynn

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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There's a Canadian author, Brian MacFarlane who writes a mystery series for boys with an emphasis on hockey. I haven't read any yet but they look good.



I know my son loves having the Hardy boys read to him. He's a little younger but is working up to reading them on his own.



I know there's also a young James Bond series if that is of interest.



The mom of a friend of mine was once concerned about her son not wanting to read. They went through it for most of high school being frustrated and such. Then one day he sat down with a computer instruction manual...he actually read it! As it turns out, he enjoys technical reading. My point is that I'm sure that once your son finds what it is that he enjoys, you will have a hard time stopping him! Good luck.

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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There's a Canadian author, Brian MacFarlane who writes a mystery series for boys with an emphasis on hockey. I haven't read any yet but they look good.



I know my son loves having the Hardy boys read to him. He's a little younger but is working up to reading them on his own.



I know there's also a young James Bond series if that is of interest.



The mom of a friend of mine was once concerned about her son not wanting to read. They went through it for most of high school being frustrated and such. Then one day he sat down with a computer instruction manual...he actually read it! As it turns out, he enjoys technical reading. My point is that I'm sure that once your son finds what it is that he enjoys, you will have a hard time stopping him! Good luck.

Britta - posted on 01/18/2009

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If he is into sports, books by Matt Christopher may be of interest to him. He writes books about all different types of sports and he has written a lot of them, so if he likes one, maybe he'll want to read more of his works.

Tami - posted on 01/18/2009

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My daughter is also 11 years old whom is hooked on  Twilight, New Moon, Eclipes, and Breaking Dawn series.  These books are a little more advanced but her entire class is reading the series.  Although she really started her interest in reading with Judy B. Jones books.  Hope this helps, good luck as reading is very important.

Terri - posted on 01/18/2009

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i'm not sure of his reading level but my boys loved these.



The Captain Underpants Series- a fav with boys (not how they sound!)



The Wicked History Series- by Enid A. Goldberg and Norman Itzkowitz -these are great



24/7 Spy Files-



The Maze of Bones-The 39 clues which also involves the computer and they have to go online to get clues too to solve the mystery.

Regina - posted on 01/18/2009

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My 10 year old likes to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He doesn't like to read but he loves to read now after reading this series.

Ann - posted on 01/18/2009

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Thanks everyone. Have tried some that have been recommended and we do read together. Definately agree that this is and effective method for reluctant readers. Comics, Goosebumps and Lemony Snickets etc are no good for Ben. He is interested in any sports and motorbiking. Keep the ideas coming. Very helpful thanks.

Nicola - posted on 01/18/2009

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my 10 year old is into reading books you wouldnt dream of! dictionaries, thesaurus, newspapers- infact anythng factual. try taking him to a library and just watch what interests him.

Nikkie - posted on 01/18/2009

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My 11-year old son also does not enjoy reading for pleasure.  He really got into reading his older brother's series on Lemony Snicket.  There are some strange parts in the books, but otherwise enjoyable.  I would sit with him for at least 20 minutes every evening and he'd read outloud to me.  I would ask him questions or join in with him in making fun of some of the characters and before we knew it, he'd read all 13 books.  I also spoke with his teacher and he was able to get extra credit in his literature arts class just by sending weekly notes on how much he'd read out of which book.  Good luck!

Robin - posted on 01/18/2009

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My 11 year old really likes the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The first book is The Lightning Thief. He says they are very funny and have lots of action.

Erin - posted on 01/18/2009

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Try Lemony Snickets, Goosebumps, or Spiderwick Chronicles.  Also maybe older books like books you are interested in such as Stephen King or Ann Rice.  My godson is 11 and has read these books since he was 9, he was never interested in "age appropriate" books.



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Has he tried the Gordon Korman series, Chasing the Falconers? They are short and action packed, I believe there is a follow -up series too, and he has a few other books geared for this age(especially boys). Also Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos are fun.

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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If he isn't into books, might be hard to get him interested by just "buying" books for him to read.....kinda a big hit and miss with an 11 year old. Try taking him to the Public Library and let him pick out some books that he would be interested in. This will also help you know what type of books he likes that way it is easier for you to buy him books. Also you can try an "incentive" program for him to read more. Just try and remember....not all kids read for pleasure and they turn out just fine. Some would rather be hands on doing things rather than reading about it, and that is okay. That is what makes us all unique! If the library thing doesn't work, just give him some time.....might change his mind later. 11 years old can be a very difficult age (for him).....lots of changes going on with them....physically and mentally! Good luck to you both!!

Connie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I know the feeling... I have a 14 year old daughter and she has never liked to read.. She is in high school and finding out now that she has to read to get her assignments done. Is there anything that your son is really interested in? You could try comic books to start or maybe take him to the library and let him pick out something that has to do with the things he likes. Also, when my daughter was younger her teacher suggested that I sit down with her and I would read a page and she would read the next page until we finished the book. Hope this helps.

Dana - posted on 01/18/2009

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I recommend taking any book you or he might enjoy and begin reading it to him. At some point my son always got into it enough to finish the book even though he never wanted to start one, Enjoy reading with your son and he will soon enjoy reading alone.

Meredith - posted on 01/18/2009

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HEllo!



He might enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  There are 4 in the series thus far and are very popular with late elementary & middle school boys......  Funny pictures so they are more like a comic book style...

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