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    Help finding 2 books, similar plot

    My middle school son needs to read two books with similar plots to compare and contrast. Ex. given by the teacher are Pride and Prejudice - Sense and Sensibility; Call of the Wild - White Fang
    He is not interested in the first pair and has read the second.

    Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

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    Do they have to be of a particular time period? Theme? Or is it anything goes?

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    any theme or time period

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    Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?

    Oops,I just noticed you said middle school.Now,if I got it right,he should be around 15-16?My first recommendation was under the impression your son was younger.

    Anyway,why not Gulliver's Travels and,let's say,Candide?Both as great examples of brilliant satire?Or,compare two plays?For instance,Macbeth and Hamlet?
    Noću, u intimnom, poluglasnom razgovoru sa samim sobom, nikako ne mogu zapravo logički opravdati zašto se u posljednje vrijeme toliko uzrujavam zbog ljudske gluposti.

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    He is 12. Those may be a bit over his head. He already read Tom Sawyer.

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    The Prisoner of Zenda by Hope
    and The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The two novels are quite similar.
    If you want one that it similar but not all that terribly similar, then Royal Flash by George McDonald Fraser would fit.
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    I'm his age what genre does he like?

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    In a previous topic you wrote:

    ~I am a 14 year old girl.
    Now, you say you have a son in middle school. I'm sorry, but somethings not adding up here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent Edwins View Post
    In a previous topic you wrote:



    Now, you say you have a son in middle school. I'm sorry, but somethings not adding up here.
    No, I said I'm his age what genre does he like? If you want to be particular I am 2 years older than he is but I think thats close enought to say that I am his age.

    Maybe you just got confused with me saying I am his age in relation to the person who posted the thread, not their son in middleschool. (If that makes any sense at all)

    Sorry if there is confusion, but I am a 14 year old girl looking for book recommendations on another thread
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    Boy in the Blitz: The 1940 Diary of Colin Perry by Colin Perry

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    Pride and prejudice- North and south.
    Theme is the love/hate. Similar occurances between Lizzie and darcy/Margaret and Thornton.
    "Come away O human child!To the waters of the wild, With a faery hand in hand, For the worlds more full of weeping than you can understand."
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    If he likes mystery/ghost novels: The Intruders by E.E. Richardson and Whispers From the Dead by Joan Lowry Nixon. Those are the two most prominent to me.
    Really though he can take any two books from the same genre and compare and contrast them.

    If he can read short stories I recommend The Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat by Edward Allen Poe. I had to compare those for school and they were a bit too creepy for me but he might enjoy them.
    KP= The Pride and the Passion

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    Frankenstein and Doctor Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde... or Doctor Jeckyl... and Picture of Dorian Gray.
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    thanks for all your suggestions - right now he will see if he can read the prisoner of zenda and the mad king - they look interesting to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbalinmass View Post
    thanks for all your suggestions - right now he will see if he can read the prisoner of zenda and the mad king - they look interesting to him.
    They are pretty good for a 12 year old. If he has to write book reports on both, it will be easy to do the second one.

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