Re: Recommendations for Juvenile SF

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sat Sep 08 2001 - 10:38:34 MDT

Greg Burch wrote:
> A family of relatively recent Indian immigrants who are merchants in our
> neighbrohood have a 10-year-old son who seems to be shaping up to be a math
> and science prodigy. He came in 5th place last year in the state math
> competition and his development in these areas appears to be accelerating
> under the enthusiastic support of his proud parents and teachers. His
> father confided in me this afternoon, though, that the boy is lagging in his
> reading skills: He's bored with what he's given to read at school and, while
> his parents are very fine people, they have only a modest education and are
> at a loss for what to suggest he read. When I proposed that we might try to
> interest him in some science fiction, his father's eyes lit up and he
> responded that it was a "splendid" idea.
> Here's the only problem: I don't know what to suggest for a super-bright
> 10-year-old in 2001. I was cutting my teeth on RAH's and Bradbury's (the
> other one)juveniles at that time and fairly quickly graduated to His Most
> Blessed Insightfulness, the Serene Maestro of Serendip. What's good these
> days?

Don't know what his reading level is, but Azimov is always a good
starter, and RAH and Bradbury are also good. I don't read juvies these
days, so I don't know of any, but I'll bet that you can't go wrong with
Star Trek and Star Wars series novels if the kid is a good enough

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