I let my 11 year old start Mistborn. He’s a pretty advanced reader, so I wasn’t worried about the difficulty, just the context. So I read it first, and decided it was fine. The beginning deals a little bit with implied rape, and there’s a decent amount of violence. I talked to him a little bit about rape before he started the book (like a month before), and he didn’t really know what it was. After he read the beginning where a nobleman took a young skaa woman away in the night, I asked him why everyone was so angry about it. He said he didn’t know, but I’m not convinced he just didn’t want to talk to me about it.
Anyway, he’s 4 or 5 chapters in, and I’m enjoying talking about it with him and hearing his guesses around what’s going to happen.
Yeah, he’s read that entire series. I read the first one. Part of my problem is that this kid devours books. I was the same way when I was young. It’s a constant struggle to keep up with him to make sure he’s reading age appropriate stuff.
I am excited he’s starting into the world of Brandon Sanderson though. Lots of stuff to read there, though I don’t think he’s quite ready for some of the harder stuff like the Stormlight Archive.
FTR, there is one book where the thread of rape is part of the storyline (don’t recall which one right off) . . . and a willing acceptance by another character to effectively be raped to protect a key character.
I have read Hunger Games and Maze Runner with my son and found them enjoyable; so I give a recommendation for these as well.
With that, I would also recommend the Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman. I had the chance to meet Neal who was promoting the final book in the series at our local library (we’re near Po’ FWIW). He also has several other books that can also be engaging and humorous–I read The Schwa Was Here aloud to my kids . . . a very fun read!
The Book of Ember series is also an interesting read. However, I would recommend the following sequence for reading it: Book 1, 3, 2, 4. I think for a young reader, this will make book 2 more interesting to read since you have more of the “back story” as to why Ember was created in the first.
I was a big Stephen King fan starting at age 13 but most is probably not in the BF approved wheelhouse but he does a pretty good stand alone YA book called “Eyes of the Dragon”.
The Dragon Lance Series might be appropriate at least from a sex stand point as I recall but it’s been decades since I read them.
Shadow and Bone series is supposed to be good, I haven’t read it but from matching the first season on Neflix I don’t recall anything age inappropriate but maybe someone who read the series could comment.
11 is probably a few years too young to appreciate the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
Percy Jackson books are all pretty appropriate as I recall. And I believe the characters are few years younger in the books than they are portrayed on screen.