are recommendations for guys who may have a hard time finding something to
read that is of interest to them. CAUTION: There may be other
books by the mentioned authors that are not listed here!
Acito, Marc. How I paid for college: a novel of sex, theft, friendship &
musical theater. .
Edward Zanni teams up with his misfit friends to
help him steal tuition money from his father when he refuses to fund Edward's
acting studies at Juilliard.
Adams, Douglas. HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
real diversion? Then check out Douglas Adams' books. The world is
about to end (abruptly) and Arthur Dent is rescued by his friend (and alien
hitchhiker) Ford Prefect who, by coincidence, is a contributing writer to the
Hitchhiker's Guide, but has been stranded on Earth due to
"technical" difficulties. Thus begins a hilarious series of
adventures through the Universe, meeting new life forms and experiencing
_______. RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE
takes a zany journey to the low-rent neighborhood of the cosmos.
_______. LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING.
conclusion to the Hitchhiker's trilogy.
Almond, David. SKELLIG.
about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated
old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who
is something like a bird and something like an angel.
________. KIT'S WILDERNESS. Thirteen year old Kit goes to live
with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England,
and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
Alphin, Elaine Marie.
COUNTERFEIT SON. When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in a
shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of
his father's victims in order to find a better life.
Amsden, David. Important things that don't matter .
As a boy
grows into manhood, he begins to realize just how much his father has
influenced his life, and he is not sure if it is a positive influence or not.
(Anonymous) JAY'S JOURNAL. Chronicles a boy's
harrowing descent into drugs, Satanism, and suicide.
Avi. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. A ninth grader's
suspension for singing "The Star Spangled Banner" during homeroom
becomes a national news story.
Bennett, Jay. COVERUP. A young man risks his
friendships and future by trying to find out the truth about a car accident
which he only vaguely remembers after drinking too much at a party.
Black, Jonah. DIARY OF A TEENAGE STUD. Jonah Black, whose
thoughts are filled with fantasies about a Pennsylvania girl named Sophie,
chronicles in his journal his first six weeks back in Florida after being
expelled from a Pennsylvania prep school, during which time he is forced to
watch his old friend and new crush, Posie, get
friendly with a womanizer. (Vol. II - Stop, don't stop;
Vol. III, Run, Jonah, run; Vol IV,
Faster, faster, faster)
Bloor, Edward. TANGERINE. Paul, who lives in the
shadow of his football hero brother Eric, fights for the right to play soccer
despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that
damaged his eyesight.
Bradbury, Ray. Farewell
summer. . Sequal to Dandelion Wine.
James. Secret father. .
three teenagers from an American school in West
Germany travel to Berlin to join a May Day rally, where they
stumble into the middle of an international incident, forcing their parents
to rescue them.
Chlovechok, James D. Game Face: a novel. Game Face is the
name of a secret performance-enhancing drug. It provices
something that no other chemical can: a mental edge. But what if
people start dropping dead?
Collier, James Lincoln,
and Christopher Collier. MY
BROTHER SAM IS DEAD. Tim Meeder's thoughts
and emotions are divided. His older and much admired brother Sam has
joined the American Revolutionary Army but his father remains a staunch
supporter of the English King.
Cormier, Robert. THE CHOCOLATE WAR. A high school freshman
stands up to bullies at his school. This is a classic!
_______. BEYOND THE CHOCOLATE
WAR. Dark deeds continue at Trinity High School,
climaxing in a public demonstration of one student's homemade guillotine.
Sequel to "The Chocolate War."
______. BUMBLEBEE FLIES AWAY. Sixteen-year-old
Barney has only fleeting memories about his past but, as a voluntary patient
at the institute for experimental medicine, he knows he is different from the
terminally ill patients surrounding him. His involvement with the bitter,
slowly dying, Mazzo brings Barney hope, pain, and a
moment of heroic glory.
______. FADE. Paul Moreaux, the thirteen-year-old son of French Canadian
immigrants, inherits the ability to become invisible, but this power soon
leads to death and destruction.
_____. I AM THE CHEESE. A young boy desperately
tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to
_____. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
NIGHT. Sixteen-year-old Denny lives in the shadow of a deadly
accident which his father was connected to when he was Denny's age, a
disaster for which some of the survivors still blame his father.
_____. WE ALL FALL DOWN. As The Avenger searches
for the teenage boys who trashed a house in his neighborhood, Buddy, one of
the trashers, increases his drinking in order to
cope with his parents' separation and his obsession with the daughter of the
owner of the vandalized house.
_____. AFTER THE FIRST DEATH.
A school bus is seized by a group of terrorists, and the children are
held for ransom.
_____. TUNES FOR BEARS TO DANCE
TO. Eleven-year-old Henry escapes his family's problems by watching
the woodcarving of Mr. Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, but when Henry
is manipulated into betraying his friend he comes to know true evil.
_____. HEROES. After
joining the army at fifteen and having his face blown away by a grenade in a
battle in France, Francis returns home to Frenchtown hoping to find--and
kill--the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him.
_____. RAG AND BONE SHOP. Trent, an ace
interrogator from Vermont,
works to procure a confession from an introverted twelve-year-old accused of
murdering his seven-year-old friend in Monument, Massachusetts.
Corrigan, Eireann. Ordinary ghosts. Emil's
brother isn't dead - just gone. It's his mom who's dead, and his dad
who's checked out completely. Emil's alone in a
nobody-to-talk-to, nothing-to-do kind of way. Then he finds the
legendary "key" to the prep school he attends, begins sneaking in
nights, and meets a girl who sneaks in for reasons of her own.
Crutcher, Chris. CHINESE HANDCUFFS. Still troubled
by his older brother's violent suicide, 18 year old Dillon becomes involved
in the terrible secret of his friend Jennifer, who feels she can tell no one
what her father is doing to her.
______. THE CRAZY HORSE ELECTRIC
GAME. A high school athlete, frustrated at being disabled after an
accident runs away from home and is helped back to mental and physical health
by a black benefactor and the people in the special school in which he
_____. STOTAN! A high school coach
invites members of his swimming team to a memorable week of rigorous training
that tests their moral fiber as well as their physical stamina.
_____. ATHLETIC SHORTS: SIX SHORT
STORIES. A collection of short stories featuring characters from
earlier books by Chris Crutcher. (813 CRU)
_____. RUNNING LOOSE. Louie, a high school
senior in a small Idaho
town, learns about sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures into manhood.
_____. STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES. Because of their "terminal uglies", Eric Calhoune and
Sarah Byrnes become fast friends. But when the truth of her horrific past
catches up with Sarah, it is Eric's mission to help her find a way through
_____. WHALE TALK (2001). Intellectually
and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized
sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he
agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less
_____. Sledding Hill.
(2005) Billy, recently deceased, keeps an eye on his best friend,
fourteen-year-old Eddie, and helps him stand up to a conservative minister
and English teacher who is orchestrating a censorship challenge.
______. Deadline. Given
the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf
decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and
legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as
Davis, Terry. IF ROCK AND ROLL WERE
A MACHINE. High
school senior Bert Bowden still lacks self-confidence because of a vindictive
grade school teacher. His emerging talent as a writer, however, helps
him to overcome his fears.
VISION QUEST. Eighteen-year-old Louden
Swain pursues many interests as he strives to achieve maturity.
THE DEVIL'S COURT. Struggling to deal with his feelings of inadequacy and his
failure to make the basketball team in his new school, 17 year old Joe Faust
finds himself willing to trade his soul for one
perfect season of basketball.
NIGHT HOOPS. While trying to prove that he is good enough to
play on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with
his parents divorce and the erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who
lives across the street.
PAINTING THE BLACK. When star athlete Josh Daniels moves in across
the street, Remy Ward doesn't realize how much his life will change during
his senior year at Seattle's
Crown Hill High.
HEART OF A CHAMPION. A fast-paced sports novel that explores a
boy's rite of passage when he learns that
athletes aren't perfect.
Brian. Pure Spring. .
Martin O'Boy has finally found a home with Grampa
Rip and a job with the Pure Spring soft drink company, but his life is far
from perfect as he tries to hide a secret from his past and help Grampa cope with the ravages of old age.
KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. One morning, Julie James received two
letters. One is an acceptance letter to Smith College,
and the other is an anonymous one with the following message: "I
know what you did last summer." Julie painfully remembers how she
and three of her friends concealed their responsibility for a hit and run
accident. Written as a mystery, the story slowly unfolds as the four
teenagers relive their nightmare.
KILLING MR. GRIFFIN. Five teenagers are frustrated by Mr.
Griffin's unfair grading procedures. They decide to kidnap and verbally
abuse him in order to make him experience the same kind of anguish they all
were feeling in his English class. Unfortunately, they are unaware of
his heart condition, and the negative effects a bad scare can have on him.
What started out as a practical joke turns into tragedy for these five
impressionable teens to live with for the rest of their lives.
Flint, Eric. PHILOSOPHICAL STRANGLER. Greyboar, a successful
professional strangler, yearns for something more in his life--but after he
is exposed to the Supreme Philosophy of Life, balancing his profession and
his Enlightenment proves to be ethically problematic.
Gaiman, Neil. Fragile things: short fictions and wonders .
of short stories by award-winning horror fiction writer Neil Gaiman.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver
School in Alabama
includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for
answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
An Abundance of Katherines. Having
been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine,
recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road
trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life.
Paper Towns.  One month before graduating from his
Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the
predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo
Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes
him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
Paul. Ten Mile River. .
from juvenile detention centers and foster care, two teenaged boys live on
their own in an abandoned shack in a New
York City park, making their way by stealing,
occasionally working, and trying to keep from being arrested.
John. A painted house. .
farm boy Luke Chandler loses his innocence over the course of a contentious
and strenuous cotton harvest in 1952, during which time Luke's family hires
several Mexicans and an Ozark family and Luke begins keeping dangerous
for pizza [2007.]
an important game for his team, NFL backup quarterback Rick Dockery is fired,
but his agent finds him an opportunity to play for the Panthers of Parma, and
even though he has never been to Europe, he moves to Italy hoping
for a second chance.
Ha, Thu-Huong. Hail Caesar. Everyone wants to be Caesar's friend and
he doesn't care about anybody, until a new girl comes to town and turns his
life upside down.
Haig, Matt. The dead fathers club. .
Philip Noble finds himself with a dilemma on his hands when he is contacted
by a ghost that claims to be his father and tells him he must kill his Uncle
Alan--his dad's supposed killer--sometime within the next ten weeks or doom
dear old dad to an eternity of unrest.
Marilyn. Bull rider. .
Layne faces a dangerous challenge when he defies his mother and enters
himself in a bull riding contest--the same rodeo event in which his father
Hartinger, Brent. The Order of the Poison Oak. .
Russel decides to take a counselor job at a camp
for burn victims to get away from the antagonism of his classmates, but finds
ten-year-old boys have just as many problems as he does.
Hartnett, Sonya. PRINCES. Twins, Indigo and
Ravel Kerby, have been inseparable all their lives,
but at age 23 and living in their missing parent's dilapidated mansion
overrun by rats, one twin attempts to break the ties to his brother, and
their insular world quickly disintegrates.
Higson, Charles. SilverFin:
a James Bond adventure. This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007,
introduces us to the young James when he's just started boarding school in England
and is about to become involved in his first adventure.
Hinton, S. E.
THE OUTSIDERS. This novel, written
when the author was 17, is about the violence between two gangs, the Socials
(Socs) and the Jets (Greasers). The Socs are rich kids who live on the West side of town, and
the Greasers live on the East side and are often mistaken for hoods. Ponyboy, a Greaser, tells what life is like being an
RUMBLEFISH. Rusty talks with his fists. Because he never
knew his mother and his father is a drunk, the values of his life are
centered around his love and emulation for his older
brother, Motorcycle Boy.
is 15. His father is away more than at home, his mother died when he
was little. Tex
believes his dad is working hard at the rodeo and doesn't really mean to stay
away so long without sending money home. But Mace, Tex's older brother who is raising Tex,
knows better. The hardest thing for Tex
is learning his father's secret and learning to appreciate Mace's love and
concern for him.
An orphan and a bastard, Jamie grew up though enough to handle almost
anything. He survived foreign prisons, smugglers, pirates, gunrunners,
and shark attacks. But what he finds in the quiet town of Hawkes
Harbor is enough to drive him insane and change his life forever.
15 year old Jesse and
other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival team, abandon their
adult leader, steal his van and rafts, and run the dangerous white waters of
the Grand Canyon.
RIVER THUNDER. Five teens survive a rafting adventure on Arizona's Colorado River. Companion to: Downriver.
THE MAZE. Rick, a 14 year old foster child, escapes from a juvenile
detention facility near Las Vegas
and travels to Canyonlands National Park in Utah
where he meets a bird biologist working on a project to reintroduce condors
to the wild.
JASON'S GOLD (2000). When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches
fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it
DOWN THE YOUKON (2001). n the wake of Dawson City's Great Fire of 1899,
sixteen-year-old Jason and his girlfriend Jamie canoe the Yukon River across Alaska in an epic race from Canada's Klondike to the
new gold fields at Cape Nome. (Sequal to Jason's Gold)
JACKIE'S WILD SEATTLE.
How do you rescue a wild coyote trapped in an elevator in a downtown Seattle
office building? How do you save an injured baby seal at the bottom of
a cliff with the tide coming in? Fourteen-year-old Shannon Young,
visiting from New Jersey, is
about to find out.
FAR NORTH. Fifteen-year-old Gabe, a Texan, enrolls in a boarding
school in Canada's
to be near his father, whose love of the wilderness has become infectious.
But Gabe gets more than he bargained for when an airplane accident leaves him
and his roommate Raymond, a Dene, stranded near the
fierce Nahanni River at
the start of a long winter.
Hosseini, Khaled. The kite runner. .
Amir, haunted by his betrayal of Hassan, the
son of his father's servant and a childhood friend, returns to Kabul as an adult after
he learns Hassan has been killed, in an attempt to redeem himself by rescuing
Hassan's son from a life of slavery to a Taliban official.
John, Antony. Busted: confessions of an accidental
senior Kevin Mopsely tries to remake his image by
joining a crowd of popular boys who are known for treating girls badly, but
when Kevin's mother, a feminist college professor, comes to campus to teach a
course, his strategy backfires badly.
Kennen, Ally. Beast. .
Steven, who is always in trouble and is about to be kicked out of his foster
home, discovers that his pet twelve-foot crocodile, that he has kept secretly
hidden, has escaped.
Jeff. Diary of a wimpy kid: Greg Heffley’s journal. .
his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend,
Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope
just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic
measures to save their friendship.
Knowles, John. A SEPARATE PEACE. The story of the
friendship and treachery of two boys at an elite boarding school during World
War II. This is a classic!
Lasky, Kathryn. THE BONE WARS. In the mid-1870's,
young teenage scout Thad Longsworth, blood brother
to the Sioux visionary Black Elk, finds his destiny linked with that of three
rival teams of paleontologists searching for dinosaur bones, as the Great
Plains Indians prepare to go to war against the white man.
Taylor. Black duck. .
spring of 1929, Ruben and his brother Jeddy find a
dead body on a local beach. The boys are certain that it has something to do
with smuggling liquor,
and soon they are drawn in when rival bootlegging gangs suspect them of
taking something important off the dead man. Then Ruben meets the captain of
the "Black Duck," the most notorious, elusive smuggling craft of
THE GIVER. In this Utopian society
where everything is the same and perfect, people don't want to be burdened
with memories and feelings from the past. Instead there is only one
person assigned to keep all the memories, only one man who knows the truth,
and he is known as the Giver. Now that Jonas has turned 12, he has been
assigned to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Go along with Jonas as
he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles
against the weight of its hypocrisy.
The Messenger. In this novel that unites characters from
"The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty,
a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an
emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.
Dunk. Chad, hoping to work out his frustrations and
his anger by taking a summer job as a dunk tank Bozo on the boardwalk at the New Jersey shore,
comes to a better understanding of himself and the uses of humor as he
undergoes training in the fine art of insults.
Sleeping frehsmen never die. While
navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new
baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he
hones his skills as a writer.
Hidden talents. When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an
alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group
of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.
WILL (2000). A
teenager trying to recover from the tragic death of his father and stepmother
believes himself to be responsible for the rash of teen suicides occurring in
ICEMAN. Fourteen-year-old Eric, a ruthless hockey player prone
to violence on the ice, tries to reconcile his own needs with those of his
SLOT MACHINE. When overweight thirteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to
camp at Christian Brothers Academy Retreat Center, he
and his two best friends are forced to try various sports in order to find
out where they belong.
EXTREME ELVIN. As he enters high school, fourteen-year-old Elvin
continues to deal with his weight problem as he tries to find his place among
GYPSY DAVEY. Twelve-year-old Davey is the
man of the household, taking care of his mother and older sister as best he
can and avoiding them when they're either too mean or too sad.
WHITECHURCH. Describes the stresses and strains in the
triangular relationship of two aimless teenage boys and a girl living in a
Inexcusable. High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but
when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things
go terribly wrong.
Sins of the Fathers. At Boston's Blessed Sacrament Catholic School,
Drew, aided by a priest who is far from perfect--and on the wrong side of the
Monsignor--stands by his best friends as one struggles
to avoid being sent to public school and the other tries to hide serious
faces a mystery involving drugs at his high school, while being framed for
the disappearance and possible murder of his girlfriend.
PROPHECY ROCK. Will Lansa visits his father, who is the tribal police chief on the
Hopi reservation in northern Arizona,
and learns about some sacred Hopi traditions while he helps investigate
several murders. (Note: If you like this one, other
recommended authors on this same theme include Tony Hillerman
and Kathleen O'Neal Gear.)
Maltman, Thomas. The night birds. .
summer of 1876, Asa Senger
and his German immigrant family find their relationships and faith tested when
a mysterious aunt arrives, carrying a devastating secret that could shatter
WHEN THE WAR BEGAN (1996). Seven Australian teens return from a camping
trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they
must hide to stay alive.
THE DEAD OF NIGHT (1997). Sequel to: Tomorrow, when the
war began. Six determined Australian teens try to find their
missing friends while continuing to resist the enemies who have invaded their
A KILLING FROST (1998). Sequel to: Dead of night.
Ellie and her friends, a small band of teens trying to survive in the
Australian countryside, continue to resist the enemies who have invaded their
DARKNESS BE MY FRIEND (1999). Sequel
to: A Killing frost. As survivors of an enemy invasion of
their country, Ellie and her friends return to Australia as guides for
soldiers from New Zealand
who plan an attack on the Wirrawee
BURNING FOR REVENGE (2000). Fifth in the continuing series about the teens
down under fighting to free their country from foreign invaders.
THE NIGHT IS FOR HUNTING (2001). While trying to care for a
group of abandoned young children, five Australian teenagers continue their
struggle for survival and their resistance against the enemy invading their
The Other side of dawn (2002). Ellie and her friends, five
Australian teenagers who survived the enemy invasion of their country, use
guerrilla tactics to support a major counterattack by New Zealand troops.
Martínez, Manuel Luis. Drift. .
Robert Lomos, living with his grandmother in San Antonio since his father abandoned the family and his
mother suffered a breakdown and moved with his little brother to California, struggles
to earn the money to follow her and put his family back together.
THE PRETTY HORSES (1992). The story of John Grady Cole, a 16 year old
West Texan, who leaves home with a friend and heads for Mexico
and a better way of life. His modern cowboy odyssey takes him to a
ranch in Mexico
where he breeds horses, falls in love, and eventually ends up in
prison. He returns to Texas
wiser but no more certain, with hard calluses on both his hands and his
THE CROSSING (1994). Billy and Boyd Parham embark on a journey
to return a she-wolf to the mountains of Mexico, only to find their
destiny and fate.
CITIES OF THE PLAIN (1999). The third of a three-part saga, following
the lives of John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, cowboys and friends in 1952
who must find a way to cope with their changing world.
Norah. Snitch .
is charged with beating his friend Scott with a fish club, he insists he is
innocent and no one believes he is telling the truth because his fingerprints
are on the club.
SPIRIT BEAR. After
his anger erupts into violence, fifteen year-old Cole, in order to avoid
going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on
the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge
Spirit Bear changes his life.
RED MIDNIGHT. After soldiers kill his family, twelve-year-old Santiago and his four-year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak and
try to reach the United States.
David. Black swan green: a novel .
Jason Taylor comes of age in 1982 in what is for him the sleepiest village in
Worcestershire, experiencing first cigarettes, first kisses, and first
Morgenroth, Kate. Echo. After Justin
witnesses his brother's accidental shooting death, he must live with the
repercussions, as the same horrific day seems to happen over and over.
Myers, Walter Dean
on trial as an accomplice to murder, 16 year old Steve Harmon records his
experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he
tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
FALLEN ANGLES. Ritchie should never have even been in the army but
he ends up in the middle of the Vietnam War.
Randle, Kristin D. BREAKING RANK. Casey is asked by her
guidance counselor to tutor Baby, a member of a non-conformist society.
Baby is intelligent, but doesn't apply himself, due in part, the counselor
suspects, to the influence of his older brother and other members of their
"gang". Casey finds herself attracted to Baby and they become
friends, much to the dislike of Baby's brother. This is a great book
about peer pressure and how, given the right circumstances, individuals can
break away from it to form their own identities.
Maximum Ride: the angel
experiement. After the mutant Erasers
abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids,"
who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find
themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
Schools Out : forever. After a short
stay with an FBI agent who gives them a chance to attend school and live a
normal life, the six genetically-altered, winged youths head toward Florida
and Max’s ultimate destiny--to save the world, whether she wants to or
by: The final warning; Saving the world and other extreme sports: Max.
HATCHET. When his plane
crashes in the Canadian wilderness, 13 year old Brian is the sole
survivor. Left with only his clothes and a hatchet, Brian must find his
way home. But first, he must learn to survive!
BRIAN'S RETURN. Prequel: River. After
having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer
live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.
BRIAN'S WINTER. What if Brian hadn't been rescued, and had to
survive the brutal Canadian winter alone? Find out in this riveting
RIVER. Sequel to: Hatchet. Because of his
success surviving alone in the Canadian wilderness for fifty-four days, 15
year old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to
undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the
psychology of survival.
VOYAGE OF THE FROG. When David goes out on his sailboat to scatter
his recently deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, he is caught in a fierce
storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out his feelings about
life and his uncle.
NIGHTJOHN. A man allows himself to be captured as a slave so he
can teach the enslaved children to read.
Polisar, Lisa. The
ghost of Mary Prairie: a novel. .
In 1961 Oklahoma,
fifteen-year-old Jacob Leeds sees the apparition of a girl murdered long ago
in his town and sets out to learn the truth about what happened to her.
Polak, Monique. Home invasion.
fifteen-year-old Josh struggles to deal with his new stepfather, a stranger
is breaking into homes and robbing them. One day Josh sees the open door o f
a stranger's house and lets himself in to see how a normal family lives
becoming a home invader himself. The next time he enters his friend's home
through an open window, he accidentally encounters
the robber and plays a role in his arrest.
Salinger, J. D. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.
Holden Caulfield, a teenager growing up in 1950s New York,
as he takes a "vacation" before heading home to his parents'
inevitable wrath after being expelled from school for poor achievement once
again. This book was banned in America
after its first publication.
Shepard, Jim. Project X: a novel. .
misfits Edwin Hanratty and his only friend, Flake,
feed each other's misery and discontent until they decide the only solution
subway system built in 1867 under New York City
is the setting for this intriguing novel about 14
year old Lindsay who meets one of the Downsiders,
Talon. This is an interesting book on several levels: Lindsay is
living with her divorced father and sister and seems to be drifting, making
no connections; Talon is interested in the Topsiders world and has recently
taken up watching people on the streets via a storm drain. When the two
finally meet, it opens up many new avenues for both of them, but also
dangers, to both their worlds. Lindsay's father is an engineer who is
trying to construct a new building which may destroy Talon's home. This
is a good fantasy novel which has touches of reality, and I enjoyed reading
it. It kept my interest, and the author's descriptions of the underground
world were fascinating.
DARK SIDE OF NOWHERE. Jason's normal life changes when he discovers
that he, his closest friends, and their parents are aliens from a distant
SCORPION SHARDS. Accurate portrayal of teenage phobias and the engaging,
sympathetic characters combine in a haunting but ultimately reassuring novel.
DISSIDENTS. 15 year old Derek, son of the recently
deceased American ambassador to the Soviet Union, decides to smuggle a
Russian dissident's daughter out of Moscow,
and in doing so, achieves a greater understanding of himself, his principles,
and his deep-seated feelings for his father.
Finding Lubchenko. Evan's father is
framed for murder and bioterrorism, so high-school junior Evan, using clues from
a stolen laptop, travels from Seattle to Paris with two friends
to find the real culprit.
The Rise of Lubchenko. Suspecting that
his father's business partner is selling smallpox virus to terrorists,
sixteen-year-old Evan Macalister travels to France with his friends, Ruben
and Erika, to search for Lubchenko, the elusive
spymaster whose help they need to avert a major disaster.
. The love-hate
relationship between high school musician Will and his older brother Jason is
fueled by the abuse Will suffers at Jason's hands, but a devastating accident
changes everything for the boys and their family.
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The hoopster. .
Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball. When he is viciously attacked, it calls his
whole world into question--even his deadly jumpshot.
BURIED ONIONS. When 19 year old Eddie
drops out of college, he tries to find a place for himself as a Mexican American
in the violence infested neighborhood of Fresno, CA.
The Afterlife. A senior at East Fresno
High School lives on as
a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone
Taylor, Theodore. THE BOMB. After World War II,
Sorry Rinamu tries to stop the atomic bomb test
that will render his Bikini Island
Thomas, Rob. RATS SAW GOD. Steve York moves to California from Houston
to live with his mother and sister and escape his astronaut father, who he feels
doesn't approve of him, his friends or anything he does. When he
arrives in CA, he discovers that, due to failure from the previous year, he
must re-take English in order to graduate on time. He is sent to a
guidance counselor who suggests he write a journal for his Senior English
paper. Steve does this and through the journal, expresses his feelings
and reasons for moving to California.
This is a GREAT book. Written in alternating voices, we learn of Steve's previous year in Houston,
the girl he fell in love with, the experiences he had, etc. We also see
his present life, new friends, an unusual society they make up, and a new
love interest developing. This book is funny, warm, heartbreaking, in
other words it has all the makings of a modern classic. Read it, you'll
be glad you did!
Toutonghi, Pauls. Red weather: a novel. .
Yuri Balodis, son of Latvian-immigrant parents,
falls in love with Hannah Graham, the daughter of a prominent local
socialist, and immediately becomes involved in the socialist movement
creating serious consequences for himself and his family.
Trembath, Don. Lefty Carmichael has a fit. .
Lefty Carmichael, diagnosed with epilepsy, discovers he must not only learn
to deal with the seizures, but must also find a way to handle the reactions
of his family and friends to the news of his condition.
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. Join Huck as he floats down the Mississippi
on a raft.
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Tom witnesses a murder and
subsequently runs away from home.
Van de Ruit, John. Spud-- the madness continues .
scholarship student at an elite boys' boarding school in South Africa,
returns for a second year in 1991 to find things even more chaotic, with new
students, a house cat, girl troubles, and a questionable part in the school
thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy,
keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa,
as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly
dysfunctional parents, and much more.
Kate. Peter. An ordinary fifteen-year-old Australian kid, who
enjoys riding his dirt bike and wants to be a photographer, becomes confused
about his sexuality when he finds he is attracted to a gay friend of his
has to win the state wrestling championship... even if it means going against
his best friend to do it. Ben has to get out of Sturbridge, PA. There is no
way in hell he is willing to spend the rest of his life there. He needs a
college scholarship. The pressure is on... if he doesn't win, he just might
explode. Robert Cormier describes the nuances here much better than I
can: "In a beautifully understated first novel, Rich Wallace brings the
town and the teenager achingly alive as Ben wrestles not only his high school
opponents but with the big issues of life and love and the choices a teenager
must make." Reluctant readers, take note: you won't be able to stop
turning the pages of this one!
PLAYING WITHOUT THE BALL: A NOVEL IN FOUR QUARTERS. Feeling
abandoned by his parents, who have gone their separate ways and left him
behind in a small Pennsylvania
town, seventeen year old Jay finds hope for the future in a church-sponsored
basketball team and a female friend.
SHOTS ON GOAL. While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team
win the championship in the district playoffs, fifteen-year-old Bones tries
to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a
Dunk under pressure [2006.] Free throw specialist Cornell
"Dunk" Duncan joins the YMCA summer basketball league all-star
team, but after losing his confidence in an important game the seventh-grader
makes some decisions about becoming an all-around player.
One good punch . Eighteen-year-old Michael Kerrigan, writer
of obituaries for the Scranton Observer and captain of the track team, is
ready for the most important season of his life--until the police find four
joints in his school locker, and he is faced with a choice that could change
Restless [2003.] Frank,
a teenaged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the
afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie,
a high school senior who was eight years old when Frank died.
Nineteen-year-old Danny spends an eventful summer in Maine, looking for romance, working as a
"straight" dishwasher in a gay bar, and trying to reconnect with
his estranged father.
Waltman, Kevin. Nowhere fast .
Gary, pulled by the conflicting influences of his father, his girlfriend, and
his criminally-inclined best friend Wilson, longs for escape from his
suffocating small-town life in Indiana.
Watt, Alan. Diamond dogs. .
Neil Garvin blames his abusive father for driving his mother away years
earlier, and plans on leaving his small hometown after graduating high
school, but when he accidentally commits a terrible crime, which his father,
unasked, covers up, he finds himself unwillingly indebted to his father.
being acquitted of murder, 17 year old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, MA, where he finds
himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young
money for school, a college boy accepts a job as a guide on a desert hunting
trip and nearly loses his life.
SURVIVOR. The time: World War II. The place: a
Japanese-held island in the Pacific. The wounded man said to
himself: I'd better not die. Not because I'm important, but
because what I know is important.
UP PERISCOPE. Suspended 350 feet below surface lies
the Shark, engines barely idling. Overhead a Japanese ship cruises,
doggedly sounding the depths. The sub must be found, and destroyed.
William S and Shuster, Todd. Real
boys' voices .
out about drugs, sex, violence, bullying, sports, girls, school, parents, and
so much more.
Nikkah, John and Furman, Leah. Our boys speak: adolescent boys write
about their inner lives. .
writings of twentieth-century American boys age twelve through eighteen,
including essays, poems, diary entries, and stories on topics such as
friendship, family struggles, first love, violence, homosexuality, and other
The burn journals. .
true story of Brent Runyon, who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained
burns over eighty percent of his body and describes the months of physical
and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life
David J. The privilege of youth: a
teenager's story of longing for acceptance and friendship. .
Ken. The radioactive boy scout: the
frightening true story of a whiz kid and his homemade nuclear reactor. .
in suburban Detroit,
David Hahn was fascinated by science, and his basement experiments were far
more ambitious than those of other boys. While working on his Atomic Energy
merit badge for the Boy Scouts, David's obsessive attention turned to nuclear
energy. Throwing caution to the wind, the plunged into a new project:
building a model nuclear breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Ken
Silverstein re-creates in brilliant detail the months of David's improbable
nuclear quest. His unsanctioned and wholly unsupervised project finally
sparked an environmental catastrophe that put his town's forty thousand
residents at risk and caused the EPA to shut down his lab and bury it at a
radioactive dumpsite in Utah.
Guys write for guys read. .
something for every guy in this collection of stories, mini-memoirs, advice,
poems, comics and drawings chosen by readers on the Guys Read web site.
Crisler, Curtis L and Cooper, Floyd. Tough boy sonatas. .
of nearly forty poems that explores the struggles and joys of poor
African-American boys in Gary,
Indiana, reflecting the
difficult circumstances they face.
Nancy, ed and Mercado, Nancy E. Every man for himself: ten short stories
about being a guy..
of ten original short stories about such things as family problems, sexuality,
and courage, written by well-known young adult authors.
Hill, Joe. 20th
century ghosts. .
of fifteen original ghost stories by award-winning author Joe Hill, son of
authors Stephen King and Tabitha King.
Perrotta, Tom. Bad haircut: stories of the seventies. .
stories follow Buddy's boyhood and adolescent adventures trying to understand
race relations, sex, and family dynamics.
Michael. Rush hour: Bad boys: a
journal of contemporary voices. .
seventeen stories, poems, essays, novel excerpts, and illustrations on the theme
of rebellious male youth.