I have always had problems finding good books for my older son to read, more so than for my daughter. He likes long fantasy-like books. He has ben through the Tolkien books twice, all of Harry Potter, the Inkdeath books by Cornelia Funke and many others. Some of these I am just not sure of the value of since I have not had time (or much inclination) to read them myself. But recently he suggested that when he finishes his current tome, he would like to read Dracula and other similar books.
Having recently finished a book myself, I was looking around for something to read and decided to download a few free Kindle books including Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr, Hyde, and the Time Machine. I have already read the latter two of these. They are both quite short. But I also found them interesting and suspenseful, and I am pretty confident my son will like them too. I have only just started Bram Stoker’s Dracula which I had never read but so far it seems good too (plus a little longer!). I am happy to have found a new genre of books which I think my son will enjoy but which I can also feel confident about him reading since they are a) older and therefore unlikely to contain inappropriate material and b) classics and hopefully living books which will feed the mind and soul and not just occupy time.
Other ones I have in mind are Frankenstein and perhaps more by H.G. Wells, but I am open to more suggestions if you have them.