Originally Posted by Nalgarryn
I am looking for some fiction to pass onto a 13 year old boy who doesn't have a long history of reading. I am reticent to suggest adult fiction because I think his vocabulary needs some buttressing before he gets to it (and I would prefer to avoid strong adult themes!). He has expressed an interest in Mafioso, Prohibition, and World War Two settings. I appreciate any feedback I receive. He has an Android tablet so naturally e-books are fine, but I would not have a problem borrowing from the library if there are good works unavailable in electronic format.
don't know whether this one sails too close to adult themes, in the sense that here war starts as an adventure but then you do see war (though nothing gross), but Italo Calvino's The path to the spider's nest
is a great WW2 book, with a teenager as protagonist, and as I also founded listed in teenagers book list (e.g. here
it should fit the bill
A great read for adults, too