Thursday, July 18, 2013

Books That Teen Boys Will Enjoy

A recent online inquiry sought book recommendations for thirteen-year-old boys. After some deliberation, I compiled the following list, taking into consideration some popular themes for this age group: adventure, mischief, technology, and, above all else, the Apocalypse. I chose books from both our 10-14 Year Old and Young Adult sections to appeal to boys of different levels of maturity and reading ability. A lot of these titles have adult appeal, so reading these books together is an excellent idea!

- Steph

Dodger, by Terry Pratchett
Funny, fast-paced adventure played out in Victorian London. Dodger is a good-hearted teenaged thief—action and hilarity ensue.
After the Snow, by S. D. Crockett
A post-apocalyptic survival tale set during a new Ice Age, focusing on one teen's quest for his missing family.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Classic dystopian novel. A timeless and important look at the effect of extreme censorship on a population.
The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton
Brotherhood, friendship, and Robert Frost—a terrific character study examining the consequences of violence.
Hoops, by Walter Dean Myers
Thoughtful depiction of a teen deciding between a life of crime and the promise of a scholarship.
The End Games, by T. Michael Martin
Action-packed adventure set in the wake of a zombie apocalypse, as two brothers seek other survivors.
Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
A teenaged protagonist obsessed with creating pirate remixes of his favourite films learns to use technology and art to effect political change.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
A teenager growing up on a reservation must surmount internal and external obstacles to attend a white school twenty-two miles away.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan
Full of fun and music, this book examines the lives of two boys—one gay, one straight—who share the same name.
This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, by Kenneth Oppel
The imagined prequel to Mary Shelley's horror classic, with young Victor as the brilliant, but not-yet mad scientist's apprentice.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
In preparation for an invasion by aliens, the most talented children on earth are taken to a special school that finds and trains fleet commanders.

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