Good books for kids who hate to read?

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Good books for kids who hate to read?
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Tue, 01-28-2014 - 3:04pm

Hi! I have a 7th grader and I was hoping to find some good books that he'd WANT to read but at the same time aren't terribly hard (he has a tough time reading at times, simply because he equates a lot of text to being hard). A series would be great. We've tried Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but he doesn't seem to want to read them after a few pages. He loves video games with battles (like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy) so something with battles might grab his attention. Thanks!

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Thu, 01-30-2014 - 4:47pm

Has he tried the Series of Unfornuate Events? They are clever and addictive. 13 books in the series but the first 6 are small and fast reads. Has he tried the Rick Riordin's various series... Perc y Jackson and all that? Lots of boys that age seem to be in them. My 13-year-old does as well. He's currently into the Lord of the Rings and such these days. He's a strong reader but not a driven reader. He actually reads a lot of books that have either been turned into movies or about to be turned into movies. At the moment, that what drives his choices and I think anything that makes him want to read is good.

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Tue, 02-04-2014 - 1:33pm

Great suggestions, thanks. No he hasn't read them, but I bet the movie tie-in would work as well! :)

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Wed, 05-07-2014 - 6:31pm

Percy Jackson is great and my son loved the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz.  Its a about a boy who is a spy. He also liked the Disney Kingdom Keepers series.  That has battles agains the villians at Disney.