I’m sure someone has already suggested Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game by now—the hero is a young genius; his sister Valentine provides a little feminine identification, the plot is full of action, but not very violent, the theme is peace, the language level is right for young teenagers. It is both a story of military training and rebellion, and a Bildungsroman on the level of Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye. Possibly less known but equally attractive to young teenage boys are William Saroyan’s short story collections. Adumbrated by avant-garde literature of the 50’s and 60’s, these very human stories are delightful on a human emotional level, short, humorous, easy-to-read, sketch-portraits of real people, mostly young people. Collections with names like Here Comes, There Goes You Know Who and Visitor in the Piano Warehouse can still be found, and the stories can be assigned in any order. In the final analysis, these short stories are simply worth reading, nonjudgmental but positive, with no bad language or explicit sexuality, easy to identify with and mentally accessible to any young student. Good luck, and good reading.