This weekend, I watched Iron Man 3 and LOVED it! Part of my favorite moments was the banter between Tony Stark and Harley Keener (the young boy). I really loved Maria’s Avengers Reading List; she inspired me to create this post, where I decided to take an in-depth look at Harley Keener.
Harley lives in Tennessee, and one night hears something in his garage. When he goes to inspect it, he never imagines that he’d find Tony Stark there or that Tony Stark would need his help. He’s smart, witty, and funny. I think he would be a fantasy/science fiction reader who’d like books with smart characters and lots of action, danger, and technology. Here’s some books I think he would enjoy:
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: By the age of twelve, Artemis is a criminal mastermind who wants to kidnap a fairy for ransom. Harley would enjoy Artemis’s evil — but genius — mind.
- Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole: Jonah’s an amazing hacker — until he got caught. Now someone’s offering a chance at a new life, but who is Coldhardt and what is his endgame?
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen: Sage has the same smartaleck banter as Harley. He’s trying to mold himself into a prince — as are two other boys. Can Sage beat out the other boys for a chance at the crown?
- The Storm Runners series by Roland Smith: Chase and his father are storm chasers. A hurricane is fast approaching Florida. No one knows where it’s going to hit. Chase is attending school when the bad weather hits; the bus runs into trouble on the way home. Chase has to use all his brains and survival gear to stay alive.
- Ungifted by Gordon Korman: Donovan is not gifted; he’s normal. What happens when he’s placed in a gifted program? Can he fool people in to thinking that he’s brilliant like the other students?
- House of Secrets by Chris Columbus: I assume that Harley’s a Harry Potter fan who would be excited to read a book co-authored by Chris Columbus in which an old Victorian house might change three siblings’ lives.
- H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden: The Higher Institute of Villainous Education is a school for upcoming criminal materminds to become the world’s next supervillain.
- Lawless by Jeffrey Salane: Lawless is also training talent for criminal mischief. M Freeman had no idea her upbringing was on the wrong side of the law.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Percy’s always getting kicked out of schools. Finally he understands that his brain is wired differently once he learns that he’s a demigod. Now he’s the only one with the power to stop World War Three between the Gods of Olympus.
- The Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale: Bobby Pendragon thought he was a normal kid until the day his uncle showed up asking Bobby to trust him. Together they travel to an abandoned subway where Bobby’s uncle explains that all the adventures he and Bobby have shared over the years have been training for this moment. Bobby plays a key part in keeping this world — and several others — together.
- The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz: Action combined with danger and cool technology makes for a addicting read.
- The Iron Man comics: He’s such a fan of Tony Stark that he’s sure to know about his adventures.
— Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice