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good 1st time read for an 11-year old?

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Nikki Love, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Nikki Love

    Nikki Love New Member

    I am looking for suggestions on what would be a good first time read for my 11-year old. I am an avid fan and have read all Stephen King books, and one of my children would like to start their journey as well. My question..... which one would be most appropriate given my child's age? Thinking of adult content and language here. Thanks for any suggestions!
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    The Eyes of the Dragon
    The Talisman (depending on whether the section about Reverend Gardiner's Home for Wayward Boys might be too much)

    I'm not sure that any of Stephen's books would be completely free of adult language, though.
  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Welcome here - and I agree with Ms. Mod - any of those would be great for an 11 year old. I wish my 13 year old would read them!
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  4. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Eyes of the Dragon would be top notch for an 11 year old imho.
  5. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Yep, I'd go with Eyes of the Dragon as first choice for that age. The Talisman has good fantasy elements, but strong scary themes at times. My daughter at 13 was really uncomfortable at the part where the guy is pursuing Jack in the tavern--it's pretty clear his goal is molestation. That freaked her out, and she decided she needed to be older to read the book. She's since read it this year (just turned 15) and loved it. She really liked IT, too (at 14).

    Each kid is different, of course, and has different triggers for what scares/worries them. I've taught my kids to be aware of that and respect it--if they're freaked out, there's no shame in putting a book aside until they're ready for it :)
  6. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    The Body...in the DIfferent Seasons collection...plus, you can view the movie, Stand By Me...to get an idea of what is inside. When I was a kid, after hearing my Aunt Be a talk about 2001, A Space Odyssey, I wanted and did read the book. The Body is about 11-year-old boys...Bea...only Wally could have an Aunt Be.
  7. No1FanUK

    No1FanUK Well-Known Member

    Eyes of The Dragon 1st one that came to mind, then Pet Sematary (i was about that age when i read it & loved it)
  8. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Yes definitely to Eyes of the Dragon, but I wouldn't go the way of Pet Sematary as an introduction, not at 11. (Well, not for my boys anyway.)
  9. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

    Definitely Eyes of the Dragon,for an eleven year old..is interesting and fun,scary but not overly so..and introduces the young reader to Messr Flagg,who will tend to crop up in SK's other works..always thought it interesting,wondering if Flagg is alive in this book many centuries ago,or many after our time..guess,on that level of the Tower,one will never know..unless it is really our level,and Thomas and his butler are still chasing that dark man..:icon_eek:
  10. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

    The first book to pop into my head was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon also. :smile-new:
  11. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    The first book I read at 13 or 14 was Salems' Lot.
  12. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Yeah, the body is about young boys, and a somewhat wholesome story, but it does have a sex scene quite early on from the other story by adult Gordie.

    Tom Gordon is a good choice, but again, it does contain a (admitedly brief) mention of Trisha's astranged parents having sex, and has some choice language aswell.

    I think I can recall reading somewhere that Stephen wrote Eyes of the Dragon for his own kids, so maybe that is the best place to start.

    Of course, alot depends on what level you think your child is at, and whether or not you are ok with them being exposed to sex and bad language, and sometimes violent themes. If he/she reads Eyes of the Dragon and likes it, they will possibly want to continue reading King, and by the time they are 12 or 13, your child will be left with only the "bad stuff". So as long as you think your child is level headed enough, and is aware of the nature of the books and their themes, then start with Eyes of the dragon, then probably Tom Gordon.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...either "The Eyes of Tom Gordon or The Girl Who Loved Dragons"....
  14. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    Welcome to the Board!

    Eyes of the Dragon, no doubt about it. I just had the same discussion with my 11 year old this past weekend. He got the kid-friendly John Grisham book for Christmas, who is my wife's favorite author, so he wanted to know if my favorite author had any books he could read. As a joke, I handed him the unabridged version of The Stand and watched his eyes bug out of his head when he saw the number of pages. :shock:
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  15. Liselle

    Liselle Well-Known Member

    My eldest started on Christine, because he was into cars in a big way. He didn't find the adult language to hard to deal with. My younger son started on the Skeleton Crew because he preferred to try shorter stories. Cujo could be a good one, if they could handle the ending that is.
  16. SusanNorton

    SusanNorton Beatle Groupie

    I wouldn't worry too much about language - my daughter's been hearing the F word on the playground since fourth grade.
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  17. Tiny

    Tiny RECEIVED:Annoying Questions award

    I gotta say The Girl who loved Tom Gordon
  18. Nikki Love

    Nikki Love New Member

    Thank you to everyone for your input, it is really appreciated! I am more worried about adult content than language at this point, because she has heard "colorful language" before. I will scan through the suggested books in my library and then pick one for her to try out. I will let you know. Thanks again!!
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  19. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    The Wind through the Keyhole.
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  20. !redruM

    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    I read TGWLTG- not a fan of baseball, but it was good. EotD-Surprisingly good, I don't enjoy fairy tales, though.

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