Hi Grotz, Mikey and all,
When it comes to the ARRL for the real skinny he'll have to buy the books.
Mikey, your best bet IS to buy the books, not only can you order them from the League but they're also sold by local ham stores. If you don't have one in your area again you can order on line, Ham Radio Outlet is one place. The reason is simple, a picture is worth a thousand words. Far more informative text with graphics will teach you much better than we and our keyboards possibly can, they're professional tech writers, we're not.
Not to put you down guys but he's a beginner who needs to learn from the ground up so he's better off with a Dick and Jane coloring book than with us talking over his head and some aren't so good with words.