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Chapter Books--11 year old boy--on being small and sensitivity

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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012 12:18:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 3, 2012 4:03:28 PM PDT
Update: Thanks, everyone for your input. I chose the Rowan of Rin book. Though there are some good books. I will put a short list of some other books suggested for him to check out at his local library.

I have a young cousin who is turning 11 this June. I'm looking for a good chapter book for him to read over the summer. I'm thinking the genre can be realistic or fantasy fiction.

Here are some requirements:
*The protagonist is a 11 year old boy. Preference: Chinese American
*He is very small for his age and get teased sometimes by his classmates and other children.
*He doesn't do well in school. Sometimes he misbehaves because he isn't engaged in learning.
*He is very sensitive.
*In the story, the protagonist will face a challenge and in the end, he discovers the special talent/gift he processes.
*The protagonist can overcome the obstacle even through some struggles.
*That this boy is very special and can add value to his community/environment.
*That being sensitive is a good asset to have to support compassionate side of this protagonist.

I do hope to buy a book for his birthday. I want him to feel inspired and start to really love to read. I want to give him hope that his smallness and sensitivity isn't a bad thing. Please help everyone.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 12:44:30 PM PDT
I don't know that I would be able to find something that covers all of that. Parts, yes, but not all (it's a very specific list).

Hopefully someone else has some ideas for you.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 2:01:47 PM PDT
Hazel says:
I thought I might know a book, but it proved different than I thought, and it's about a 16-year old girl, who poses as a boy, so that's no use.

I know another great fantasy book, but it only meets a few of your requirements: it's about a 10 year old, sensitive boy, who discovers his strength in an ability which only caused him to be bullied before.
Wind Tamer by Pearl Morrison

For a more accurate result, you might want to try this website:

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 4:22:28 PM PDT
Wayward says:
I don't know if you'll meet all the requirements. And I don't remember all details of books. But books that might inspire a less popular kid to feel special, unique, etc:

A Single Shard -- I think the boy is Korean, and it's historical fiction not contemporary, but the boy is teased/lower class (homeless) and yet follows both his passion (for pottery) and honorable actions to raise himself socially etc.

The Tale of Despereaux Special Edition: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread -- Okay, so the protagonist is a mouse. He's a mouse who's constantly picked on and different, and yet because of his differences he makes a difference.

(IN THE YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON)IN THE YEAR OF THE BOAR AND JACKIE ROBINSON BY LORD, BETTE BAO[AUTHOR]Paperback{In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson} on 1986 -- protag is a girl, but she is teased. She takes Jackie Robinson as a hero.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 5:59:56 AM PDT
Some possible books:
Quickie Makes the Team
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

@Valiant: I hope I am not insulting when I ask: Is there a reason to buy books that may remind him of the things he is sensitive about? He may actually want to read books about a character he would like to be like some day? My kids aren't that age yet, but I will tell you that my 7 year old is very shy, but tends to be attracted to books about kids who are very social or daring; I think she likes the fantasy aspect of some of these characters. Just some thoughts ;).

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 3:36:51 AM PDT
pnoyce2 says:
Rowan of Rin, a fantasy Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin #1) series by Emily Rodda. The protagonist is very timid - everyone calls him a rabbit - but he's the one who saves his village.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 5:35:01 AM PDT
I was just going to post about Rowan of Rin and then I saw pnoyce2's post. It's a great choice.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 10:46:06 AM PDT
Thanks, everyone. I will check out those books.

To G., that may be true on that point. Though, I do want the character very relateable to him and give him hope that he is special and he can still grow as a person. One day he can be social or whatever strengths he wants.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2012 3:55:35 PM PDT
I remember reading "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli when I was 11. There is also "Holes" by Louis Sachar. Both are Newberry Award winners and both very good. But I don't know if they meet the requirements...It's been a while since I've read them. :) Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2012 1:53:30 AM PDT
@Valiant: Got it, it makes sense, I was just curious ;).

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 4:24:19 PM PDT
@Michelle: You have posted this in two separate threads (I haven't gone through the rest of the new threads yet) and have basically posted the same cut and paste "post". If you are a friend, family member, or in any way shape or form, related to the author, then the posts don't belong here. If the previous sentence does not apply to you, then I would let you know that your copy and paste posts, are looking an awful lot like "spam". If you have a book to promote, then please place in on the Meet Our Authors forum:

This is a forum for "readers" to recommend other books to fellow "readers". Your post looks like an advertisement, and not a rec.

Posted on May 19, 2012 10:57:16 AM PDT
Do readers go to the MOA forum? I've been told it's mostly authors talking to authors. What would happen if an author posted on this thread suggesting the OP go to the MOA forum and looked for a thread with a similar heading? I suppose that would also turn into spam if everyone started doing it :(

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 11:36:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2012 11:41:55 AM PDT
I do, and Anne Rice just posted on the thread that someone started about 1st or 2nd POV:
It is pretty spammy over there Jan, but I think there are some genre threads that were started by a nice man named Micheal that tend to get looked at. Personally, I am drawn over there more by the topics about reading and writing experiences and questions about reader preferences then I am to the individual "buy me" book threads.

I don't know what would happen if an author did that, because I think you are right, in the end EVERYONE would start to do it.

ETA: link

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 4:01:44 PM PDT
Yes, I finally read the Rowan of Rin: Book 1 and it's fabulous. The boy who was so afraid and socially awkward ended up being so brave by the end of the book. This is the book I must get for my cousin.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 1:30:20 AM PDT
Glad you found a book.
There's also a book about a young boy who is teased about his size and he goes on an adventure where he discovers that being small has it advantages and he renews his self-esteem when he rescues a young child. But it's set in Africa and might not completely fit your requirements.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 8:42:06 PM PDT
I recently read a book about a boy who is misunderstood because of his intense sense of smell and taste. He's very sensitive about his "weakness" as he sees it but through a crazy adventure around the world trying to unlock the secrets of an ancient recipe that only he is powerful enough to find and create he realizes that his weakness is actually a gift that can save the world. Great book, very clean, and teaches kids to find pride in their own unique abilities. Also great family values.
Evertaster, by Adam Sidwell

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 8:57:22 PM PDT
cathyr says:
Okay, you posted this on three different threads on the Children's Book forum. Do you have a relationship with this book, or do you really, really love it?

The first time I saw you rec it, I thought, "cool! I might pick that up". The third time I thought "sock puppet, can't trust this rec". Which is it?

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 9:14:05 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 1:47:26 PM PDT
Reported for spamming. PLEASE stop.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012 2:30:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2012 2:33:30 PM PDT
@ Jan H-N, what is that book called? Sounds interesting. I want to read it. I love reading.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 4:58:00 PM PDT
lxm16 says:
I can't think of a book that fits all of your requirements, but maybe your cousin might like some of these. In any case, you could check them out. Masterpiece, by Elise Broach. Gregor the Overlander, by the person who wrote the Hunger Games. Black and Blue Magic, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. The "Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, even though it is essentially the sixth or seventh book in the Percy Jackson series, has a Chinese-Canadian demigod hero, who has to discover his powers, but he's not small. Actually, I don't know an 11 year old boy who doesn't like that series. John Bellairs' heroes are usually undersized and or unathletic, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 5:11:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2012 5:24:06 AM PDT
The Fossegrimen Folly (Camp Lac Igam)
The protagonist in this book is an eleven year old boy (although not the ethnicity you were looking for) who has to overcome insecurity, shyness, and lack of confidence. He develops friends and has great adventures at this summer camp. Fantastic message for boys, and it leaves you wanting and waiting for the next book! Here is the book description:
Shy didn't want to go to summer camp. Beyond the cabins in the trees and the new friendships, he discovers that Camp Lac Igam is different. Adventures and mythical creatures abound.

This first installment of the Camp Lac Igam series is a rollicking adventure at summer camp that forces young Shy to learn to deal with bullies, believe in himself, and be courageous for his friends. When he discovers his special ability to see through fairy deceptions, he finds himself face to face with the mythical fossegrimen. The treasure hunt begins, but can they survive the consequences of what they find?
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