Sunday, April 27, 2008

Read a good book lately?

My son just finished reading The Red Badge of Courage. He mentions it several times a day, even tried to get me to read it. I grumbled that it was indeed good but I was familiar with it.

Regroup here: this is what I've wanted for several years, but he's not interested in my choices. So I'm halfway through, it's a quick read after all.

Does anybody have a suggestion for his next book? He (currently) says he likes war stories.


lil_hammerhead said...

The Lemony Snickets series of books. My kids loved them.

yobro said...

suppose johnny got his gun won't work.

there's alway heinlein, most of sf, it seems

Jeff said...

Not a war story, but any of the various Sherlock Holmes stories seem like a good read for teens.

Saipan Writer said...

I agree with Yobro: Johnny Got His Gun

All Quiet on the Western Front
War and Peace
Rifles for Watie (Newbery winner)

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Heinlein - Star Ship Trooper

Rand - The Virtue of Selfishness.

Steinbeck - The Pearl

Orwell - Animal Farm

Hemmingway - The Old Man and the Sea

He's in high school, right, Ken? Those should all go down well.

Saipan Writer said...

If you're going the sci-fi route but still with war theme--

Ender's Game and sequels. (this was big with teen boys here about 2 or 3 years ago).


Foundation (used to be trilogy, but I'm not sure how many there are now).

Saipan Writer said...

Much more recent-and totally freaky (I'd recommend you read this, Ken) is FEED.

On the slightly sweet, but still YA, ecology route--Hoot. (by Hiaasen)

Any thing by Chris Crutcher (sports themes, but very edgy).

bigsoxfan said...

"Pebbles in the sky" by Heinlein. I think the library has it. Sort of neat, combines young kids in a teleportation field trip gone wrong. Plenty of rough stuff, but with a lesson.
I'm starting the lad on "the secret history of Ghengis Khan" as my ambition for him is to be absolute ruler of a good slice of the known world.

KAP said...

I probably should have mentioned he's in the sixth grade, so some of the books are too adult for him. My bad. (Johnny Got His Gun is too adult for me.)

A lot of good suggestions, tho. Given my track record, I'll have him look them over.

Thanks, and if you think of others...

Bruce A. Bateman said...

OH, 6th grade huh...then I suggest The Joy of Sex and a subscription to Playboy if you want to stay ahead of the learning curve. (:-))