Try the following:- The Outsiders by SE Hinton. I use this with my dyslexic students (I am a special needs teacher). rarely fails to catch the attention as it is about teenage gangs. If this is enjoyed, Hinton wrote several more; Rumblefish, Tex, taming the star Runner and That was then, this is now. all brilliant, edgy teen reads. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- rivetting and really exciting with tons of action and about to be a major film. (free download of the book being read aloud available online)
If he struggles to find things that he can easily read for himself have him do the '5 finger test' in the book shop...basically, open any book you think you might like to read to a random, full page, part way through the book. hold the book in one hand and pop the fingers out on the other hand. start reading, every time a word is reached that can't be read, pop down a finger. If you run out of fingers before you get to the end of the page, the book is too hard and will lead to frustration rather than enjoyment. this isn't fool proof but is a great guide that can be done independently.
If your son is moderately to severely dyslexic, you might like to try getting audio book versions of the stories as well. I have used this to assist students who aren't yet quite ready to go it alone but don't want to sit and read with a parent. Just make sure that you don't get the abridged version of the audio book and the full version in novel form. the dyslexics i work with are often half convinced this reading thing is a trick anyway and if you give them a cd that jumps around as they try to follow the words on the page, you will bewilder rather than help them. if you are feeling sneaky you could even play the cd in the car and wait till it gets to a really exciting part before turning it off. If he wants to read on he will have the book available. Audio books can be expensive so check your local library as they often have lots or second hand book stores. His dark Materials by Philip Pullman, Lord of the Rings by Tolkien have both gone down well with my students on audio book. the most important thing is to get him to want to read. this means he will not be so quick to abandon a challenging book.
Alternatively, graphic novels can be a great hook. Particularly because they are often seen as cool. Do beware of these though, although they have visuals to support the reading and only have minimal text, usually they are written in capital letters which is tiring for the eyes to read. Also, some can be very graphic so check for adult content.
good luck and feel free to ask me if you want any more advice! The gift of reading is one the things most cherised and it is great that you want to support your son.
Hi I edit a book price comparison website and recently had a fabulous review from a customer about the Percy Jackson series of books, in particular 'Percy Jackson and the last Olympian'. See http://www.find-book.co.uk/0141321288.htm The author of the book review sounded like a boy of a similar age to your son, and I actually selected his review for this months book review competition because he appeared to have an extraordinary insight into the difficulties encountered by children and young people with dyslexia and was able to articulate this in such a way that provoked a deeper interest in the story. The main character in the books is Percy Jackson and he is a dyslexic demi-god apparantly. I havent read it yet, but my 13 year old son, who never reads, is currently reading it and says 'its good'. I hope this helps. Amanda
The Young James Bond series is a lot like Alex Rider if he's into that sort of thing Also the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore. Spud by John van de Ruit is a very funny book about a boy at bording school Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl Lionboy by Zizou Corder If he likes books about animals there's the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter Micheal Morpurgo is very good - The Nine Lives of Montezuma and I think someone already mentioned Private Peaceful further up the page.