Apologies that this thread is totally unrelated to Taiwan.
I’d love to hear any recommendations for shorter novels for a thirteen-year-old native English-speaking boy in grade 7 (I’m back in Canada now).
Here’s the situation: I’ve been his “mentor” for the past three years, in that I see him once a week at school. He’s something of a troublemaker, with numerous suspensions–he’s been diagnosed with ADHD, though is usually fine when he takes his medication. But I think he’s a good kid at heart. He has a less than salutary home life, his mother having had her first child at 16, him at 18, and the standard litany of boyfriends and/or husbands and/or live-in layabouts coming and going. He is mechanically, as opposed to academically, inclined. Even so, our weekly ritual going on three years now is to play Quiddler, a fun card game resembling Scrabble.
I’ve lately been thinking that I’d like to attempt to awaken an interest in literature in him, and thought it would be cool to lend him a different paperback each week. I’ve got vague notions for a booklist in a somewhat traditional vein. I was thinking that that Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger might be a start. The obvious danger, of course, is boredom.
Any other titles or suggestions? What about comic or graphic novels (I know nothing about them whatsoever)?