Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help Wanted: Any Bibliophiles Out There?

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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Carrie Anne Schmeck said...

My son is the same age. I am using U.S History by Wanda J. Milller (http://books.google.com/books?id=C87FoRQ76lMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=us+history:+wanda+miller&source=bl&ots=R8Y1AwaujC&sig=9VecuFEkYTqRuV2V0_4eg24c-zg&hl=en&ei=oa29TND7NI6qsAPwhqWWDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false) to find good supplemental historical literature.The book gives lots of options and provides short summaries of each book.

Lori Watson said...

Nathan is not a reader but loves the Percy Jackson series. It is based in Greek mythology though, so not sure what your take is on that but thought I'd throw it out there anyway. Kevin tends to like the sci-fi/fantasy, so I'm afraid I'm not much help.

Frank Peretti has a great series for teens but they are definitely in peril. Hmm...I guess we just like perilous adventures. If I think of something, I'll be back.