I have a 14 1/2-year-old daughter, and an almost 13-year-old son. Neither one wants to spend a lot of time reading. My son would rather watch YouTube videos all day, but I won’t let him. My daughter would rather do a million other busy things all day, but I won’t let her.
Getting these two to sit down and read requires books that really hold their interest and keep them entertained. I thought I’d share what’s worked for mine lately.
While we were on vacation, my daughter and I popped into a Christian bookstore and she discovered Tracie Peterson. Tracie writes Christian Fiction for adults. Some parents might find it to be too mature of a level for their teens, but since my daughter is number 4 out of 5 children, and two of the older ones are already married and one has a child, she’s already been exposed to the business of dating, marriage, pregnancy, moving away, etc.
The first book she found was one from The Brides of Gallatin County series. She devoured it during our vacation and she couldn’t wait to get more. Thankfully, Tracie Peterson has written hundreds of books, many series, so my Christmas shopping just got easier (we always give books at Christmas).
Here is the series my daughter started on vacation:
Book 1: A Promise to Believe In
Book 2: A Love to Last Forever
Book 3: A Dream to Call My Own
My son is easily influenced by what his friends are reading or have read. His best friend got him started on the Rick Riordan books, and that got us through a long spell, but I felt like I was losing him again, so I recently started him on another series his buddy had recommended: The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan.
My son is small for his age, a common phenomenon in our family. Thus, this description from this series lured me into getting him started on this series asap: “15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.” I think there are 12 books in the series, but I could be out of date ALREADY because some of these authors are churning out books faster than I can write one blog post! Here are the first three to get your started:
Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan
Book 2: The Burning Bridge
Book 3: The Icebound Land
For a slower reader like my son, this series should keep him occupied until the end of the year, at least! Yay!
I, myself, am a huge fan of series. I get attached to characters and I always want to know what happens next in their lives. I’ve been this way since childhood, and I love that my kids have developed this love as well.
What are your favorite series for the early teen years?