It's We Recommend! So here's how it works: a person writes in with a request for a book for someone, and we, who used to be believe we had superpowers in this area but have since been humbled, try to find the perfect choice. Need a recommendation? Tell us the age of the reader, likes and dislikes, and anything else you think we might need to know. You can write to us at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com. Here's the key: the best suggestions are in the comments.
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Hi, my son is 11 years old, and he reads at a 12th grade level. As with
many other parents, I am struggling to find books that he enjoys that
have appropriate content for an 11 year old.
He has read and enjoyed the Theodore Boone series, the Hunger Game series, and Jimmy Buffet's Swine Not.
He loves basketball, lacrosse, golf, and most sports in general. He is
not a huge fan of science fiction. He does enjoy military books to a
certain extent. He likes suspense and is in general a fan of an
interesting story. He would probably read more biographies or historical
fiction, I just don't really know what to recommend.
Ah, boys. I feel I understand boys better through this blog and its requests than I do any other way. Which is maybe a little pathetic? I don't know: I am one of three sisters, no brothers. I have two daughters. I mean, I am married to a man, but that does not seem to give me instant access to a broad and deep understanding to the gender as a whole. However, here, I find out that a lot of boys like history. Military fiction. Stuff like that. Who knew?
I must say, that's the direction I would go with this young man. And maybe something a bit old fashioned. I mean, "appropriate for an 11 year old" is subjective. Lots of parents would shy away from The Hunger Games for instance, but he seems to have liked it. I am guessing though that he's not quite ready for romance? Just a guess.
First, I would point this person to this blog, which covers books about WWII in specific extensively and well. Then, for good measure, I would tell him to read this.
I cribbed the idea from the comments on another We Recommend, and it struck me that she was right: it's a blend of fantasy and action and characters that matter, and it's just excellent.
But I know you guys will have other, better ideas. Put them in the comments, please! Especially if you know any sports books, a category in which I am sadly lacking.