Books for Boys
. 2007. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Determined to receive a good education, budding cartoonist Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
. 1999. 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.
. 1999. Burger Wuss Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully
which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants,
Burger Queen and O'Dermott's.
. 2002. Feed In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads
to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in
. 1995. Rule of the Bone Chappie, a homeless kid rejected by his parents and in trouble with the
police, takes refuge with a group of biker-thieves.
. 2000. First French Kiss and Other Traumas The author presents humorous and touching sketches about his childhood
and adolescence from ages 5 to 20.
. 1999. Necking with Louise Seven linked stories about work, sports, making out, and breaking up are
set in 1965 Saskatchewan.
. 1984. The Moves Make the Man A black boy and an emotionally troubled white boy in North Carolina
form a precarious friendship.
. 2000. Being with Henry Seventeen-year-old Laker Wyatt, is kicked out of his home and fate brings
him together with Henry Olsen, an 83-year-old with family troubles of his
Card, Orson Scott.
. 1985. Ender's Game When aliens twice attack the earth and almost destroy the human race,
the government prepares for the next encounter with "art of war" training
. 1978. The Basketball Diaries This urban classic coming-of-age story is about growing up with drugs and
sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York.
. 1996. My Father’s Scar The story alternates between 18-year-old Andy Logan’s freshman year and
various times during the past, describing the key events in a homosexual
boy's growth to manhood and independence.
. 1999. The Perks of Being a Wallflower This is the world of first dates, family dramas, new friends, sex, drugs,
and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Clarke, Arthur C.
. 1953. Childhood’s End Within 50 years, the Overlords had eliminated ignorance, disease,
poverty, and fear, by pulling children away from their human heritage.
. 1994. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped
and put to work in a plastic mine, while three mutant detectives use
their special powers to search for them.
. 2005. The Order of the Poison Oak Sixteen-year old Russel Middlebrook spends the summer as a counselor
in a camp for burn victims. Searching for a way to connect with his
cabin full of unruly ten-year-olds, he comes up with the Order of the
Poison Oak, a secret society for outsiders. Sequel to
Geography Club. Hinton, S.E.
. 1967. The Outsiders Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents' death,
as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their
adolescent society in which they find themselves "outsiders."
. 1991. Downriver Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a
wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his
boats, and try to run the dangerous whitewater at the bottom of the Grand
. 1996. Far North After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and
his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness
of the Northwest Territories.
Holt, Kimberly Willis.
. 1999. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, 13-year-old Toby and his
best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the
fattest boy in the world.
. 1999. The Adventures of Blue Avenger On his 16th birthday, David decides to become the cartoon alter ego he
invented after his father’s unexpected death, hoping to find a way to make
a difference in the world.
. 1916. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel is a coming-of-age tale of Stephen
Dedalus' journey to becoming an "independent" artist.
. 1957. On the Road Beat Generation Sal Paradise wanders around the United States, visiting
friends, getting drunk and searching for the meaning of life through sex,
drugs and jazz.
. 2001. You Don't Know Me Fourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother's abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.
. 2002. Crazy A teenager at a German boarding school learns about what friends are, what
girls are, and how you find your way in a crazy world by just being your
. 1933. The Giver Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas
becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his
community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he
. 1999. 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 his peers.
. 1995. Slot Machine This darkly funny look at growing up male in America is narrated by a
chubby fourteen- year-old who describes, with sarcasm, his increasingly
painful efforts to find his appropriate athletic "slot."
. 1977. One Fat Summer There's more to Bobby Marks than his two hundred pounds. He's about to
find out just how terrifying and exhilarating, how dangerous and
wonderful, one fat summer can be.
. 1993. Tomorrow When the War Began Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to
discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay
. 1979. The Last Mission In 1944, a 15-year-old Jewish boy tells his family he will travel
in the West, but instead enlists in the United States Air Corps and is
subsequently taken prisoner by the Germans.
. 1997. Shade’s Children In a savage post nuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to
overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade,
their mysterious mentor.
. 1993. Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home
life, an 11-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is
given an introduction to a whole new world.
. 1987. Hatchet After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days
in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a
hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his
. 1998 Soldier's Heart: A Novel of the Civil War Eager to enlist, 15-year-old Charley has a change of heart after
experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War
. 2006. King Dork When high school loser Tom Henderson discovers his deceased father's copy of
Catcher in the Rye, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. Powell, Randy.
. 1999. Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star Fifteen-year-old Grady must face his distant step-family when he returns
to speak at a concert honoring his deceased rock-star mother.
. 1996. The Golden Compass Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her
best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of
gruesome experiments in the Far North.
. 1998. Holes Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert
where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of
Salinger, J. D.
. 1951. The Catcher in the Rye This classic coming-of-age story portrays one young man's funny and
poignant experiences with life, love, and sex.
. 1984. Interstellar Pig Barney's boring seaside vacation suddenly becomes more interesting
when the cottage next door is occupied by three exotic neighbors who are
addicted to a game they call "Interstellar Pig."
. 1993. Oddballs The stories in this collection are based on experiences from the
author's youth and peopled with an unusual assortment of family and
. 1990. Maniac Magee: A Novel Humorous yet poignant tall tale about a super-athletic teenager who
bridges his town's racial gap.
. 1996. Rats Saw God To make up the credit for a failed English class, 18-year-old Steve York
produces a journal revealing how he has gone from a National Merit scholar
to an underachieving stoner.
. 1996. The Grounding of Group 6 As part of their high school orientation, a group of students hikes
into the woods. What they don't immediately realize is that their parents
do not plan for them to come out alive.
. 1966. The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably
in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses
him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
. 1965. The Fellowship of the Ring Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit
Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to
destroy the One Ring. The first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
. 2006. It's Kind of a Funny Story This humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression begins with the sentence "It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself".
. 1978. Birdy This inventive, hypnotic novel is about friendship and family, love and
war, madness and beauty, and, above all, "birdness."
. 1999. Hard Love John Galardi, falls for Marisol, the creator of his favorite zine… who
happens to be a lesbian.
. 1999. The Teenage Guys Survival Guide
305.235 D This humorous guide for boys offers advice on dating, sex, body changes,
and social life.
Hickam, Homer H.
. 1998. Rocket Boys: A Memoir
629.1026 H A memoir of a young boy who beat tough odds and achieved success launching
rockets into outer space. (Adapted for film with the title
October Sky.) Katz, Jon.
. 2000. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho
338.761004K Two self-described social misfits use the resources of the Internet to try
to construct a new future for themselves, escape the boundaries of their
dead-end lives, and find a community they can belong to.
. 1989. This Boy’s Life: A Memoir
B W85595.th Award-winning fiction author Tobias Wolff recounts his own growing up in