My son Random needs some help. He likes to read action books, Christian fiction, and mysteries. He has a certian criteria for his reading. They can't be Debbie Downers. When I frequently assign historical fiction for him to read, he is resistant. He cannot stand it when the character is continually oppressed, tormented, falsely accused or is always down on their luck. He has endured the Golden Goblet. As a little boy, he hated the end of Charlotte's Web. The Long Winter set him in a rage. Injustice has always irked him.
In our dictatorship, we assign reading, but the benevolent leader side of me wants him to have some pleasure in what he reads. I am asking for help in suggesting some great books. He is in 8th grade, although in our homeschool, we don't put much emphasis on grade level, and a young 13 years old. He is not interested in witchcraft or sorcery. He just finished the Kids Left Behind series and devoured them as fast as I could order them from inter-library loan. We are loosely covering World and American history from 1600-1800 during this school year. Do you have any suggestions? What do your kids love? Is there any well written historical fiction, that doesn't depress until the last few pages? I just don't have the memory or the brain cells to recall some great books. Besides, I have never been a 13 year old boy.
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