I finally put together a list. It is NO WAY COMPLETE. I didn't even touch fantasy (Percy Jackson, The Ranger's Apprentice, Harry Potter) horror or adventure. I barely touched mystery. But, here it is, my incomplete list of authors (and some of their books) for kids that don't like to read.
Dear L,I am so sorry that it took me so long to get this list to you. I will start with the names of sports authors that middle school boys like. I linked to the author's home pages below.
John Feinstein books never stay on the shelf. He writes for teens mostly but his books are very popular.
Josh Berk - the director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, has written two GREAT books about baseball in middle school, Strike Three You're Dead and Say it Ain't So . I am seriously hoping he writes another book in this series.
Gordon Korman - his books are funny and move quickly. A few center on sports and almost all of his main characters are boys (or animals) who are more interested in messing around than in reading or schoolwork. Check out The Chicken Doesn't Skate for a fun book with lots of hockey action.
Varian Johnson - I just finished the second book in his Jackson Greene series, To Catch a Cheat. Jackson Greene is a middle school con man who is trying to go straight. His schemes are incredible!I hope this gives you a place to start. Ask the librarians at the public library. I am sure they know the books that middle school kids are asking for - beyond The Wimpy Kid and Big Nate (both a little too young for your son, I think.)
Hey, it's December and this post is about books - Books of December works, right?