Maybe Narnia, especially since there are movies.
I don’t know Redwall.
But Tolkein for an 11-year-old boy who doesn’t like to read? I don’t agree with this at all. I was and still am an advanced reader. I read the Tolkien series in high school because everyone recommended it. I found it incredibly dull and difficult to follow.
And some of the other books that have been suggested–:eek:! Wiesel’s Night??!!! This is a heavy, heavy book even for an adult! C’mon, everyone! Ow, ow!
We’re talking about an eleven-year-old boy of average/above-average intelligence, right? A boy, who, if he was allowed to, would laugh so hard at armpit farting noises that the milk would shoot out his nose, and then he would laugh at that.
I would recommend books on a lower reading level (how about 5th grade level, his age?) about topics that he is interested in. Most of these are short books (around 70 pages or less) and have simplistic plots and stock characters, and utilize a limited vocabulary and grammar, but they have lots of action, and that’s what boys like. There are usually no modern “issues” and no romance at all, and that’s good for an 11-year old boy!
Is he interested in sports? There are lots of series for boys about various sports. Again, very simplistic plots and characters, but lots of sports talk and action, and lots of “life lessons” about discipline and hard work and sportsmanship.
There are adventure and mystery series for boys, if he’s interested in that kind of thing. I have an older set of mystery novels written by Troy Nesbit, all set in the American west, e.g., the Grand Canyon. These are probably too dated, but I know that there are more modern mystery and adventure books for young boys.
As a boy, my husband loved reading science books, both fiction and non-fiction. There books like these available at a young reading level (in other words, I’m not recommending the Dune books, or anything heavy like that!). Also, perhaps he would enjoy non-fiction science books. When he was in gradeschool, my husband loved reading anything about science and mechanics that he could get his hands on.
My brother liked monster stories when he was young! He loved children’s versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, the mummy, etc. !
You have to start somewhere, and starting with the high-brow stuff just doesn’t seem like a good idea when you have a boy who is already turned off to reading. I think that sometimes parents, especially home-schooling parents, have a little bit of educational “snobbery” and want to avoid “simple” books and head straight to the classics. If it works, fine. But it doesn’t sound like it is working for your son. So why not take a little step back and find light, fun, decent, and interesting books written specifically for young/preteen boys?
One suggestion is to take him to a “Used” bookstore and give him $25.00 (or whatever) to buy whatever books he likes. The used bookstores in our city are owned and run by interesting individuals who have a million stories to tell and love telling those stories to children. Their stores are usually filled with fascinating objects; e.g., monster models, collections of arrowheads, posters of old movies, mechanical toys, action figures, baseball cards, coins, miniatures, old games, military memoribila, sometimes real animals (often cats that wander through the store), etc. And often, there are incredibly-comfortable beat-up old armchairs that a person can sink into and read for hours. A trip to a store like this might encourage your son to read more (or it might scare him away from reading, depending on how weird the proprietor is!).