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I loved no writer more than Kurt Vonnegut as a teen. His short stories might be an easy entry for the uninitiated.
Michael Northrop is a writer living in New York City, author of three YA novels: Gentlemen, one of the American Library Association/YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults; Trapped, an ALA/YALSA Readers' Choice List selection, an Indie Next List pick, and a Barnes & Noble Must-Read for Teens; and Rotten. His first middle grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children's books of the year by the New York Public Library. His writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, McSweeney's, Weird Tales, and many other places. His latest YA novel is Surrounded by Sharks. You can find him on the internet here.
"Fantastic World War II nonfiction: a high-stakes British spy thriller that just happens to be true."
"Hilarious, endearing, and includes a polar bear - what more do you want? This book made me wish I could draw (or at least doodle really well)."
"Lovecraft's stories are profoundly weird, insanely good, and they changed horror writing forever, and for the better (which is to say, weirder)."
"A short, tough book that hits hard and leaves a mark. Not as famous as The Outsiders, but it had just as big of an impact on me. It was the first novel I reread when I decided to write YA."
"Darn near perfect: a little masterpiece that quietly tackles the big questions."
Three words: "The Wild Rumpus!" It doesn't get much better than that!
This book has everything — adventure, bugs . . . and a giant peach!
When I was a kid, I wished that I had a mouse who could ride a motorcycle. And now that I'm a grown-up, I still do!
I’m a huge chocolate fan, but this book sure made me think twice about what I wished for!
A cute bunny that sucks vegetables dry? Yikes! These books kept me at the edge of my seat.
Start with a Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and read all the way through the books until you get to Double Fudge. These books are hysterical and relatable!
is the illustrator of The Spiiderwick Chronicles, The Spider and the Fly, Ted, and many more. He uses his powers for good.
J.M. Barrie's classic has surly pirates, bloodthirsty native Americans, a hungry crocodile, feisty faeries and flying kids with weapons . . . what more could you ask for?
Richard Adams takes you on an incredible quest from a home colony that’s completely eradicated to Shangri la. One the way, there are monsters, villains, allies, oh, and a fascist leader trying to seize the hero's new home . . . and its all told with rabbits. You read that right — rabbits.
Mouse buddy + toy motorcycle = Awesome!
In my mind, this one of Dr. Seuss’s undisputed classics. Sadly, we need the Lorax now more than ever.
One of Shel Silverstein's lesser known titles, but one of my all-time favorites. Actually, I learned about this one when my younger brother read it for school and had me help with his book report. It is one of those stories that you will always remember.
is the undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion of All-Things-Wrestling-In-The-Library. This is his Book / Fight Club List: Ten best for teen boys about things in the ring.
There are many UFC biographies out, so it's who you like. I'm an old guy; I like the old guy.
A novel about a teen breaking into wrestling while wrestling with some problems of his own. The author is a Ric Flair fan (whooo!).
There's a lot of wrestling biographies out there, but Y2J's is probably best of the newer ones probably because he takes himself the least serious of all the squared circle scribes.
Filled with photos of these masked Mexican wrestlers, this is a must to understand the history and scope of pro wrestling.
Nothing but photos of UFC fighters through all stages of their careers. From the founders like Ken Shamrock to the modern kings of eight-sided cage, a wonderful way to browse the history of UFC.
The book follows the author's journey to become a MMA fighter. He thought training for the Army was hard work. Welcome to the cage.
The 4th novel of a series that started in the 1960s still punches hard with hard punches and harder choices.
A quick little read about a young man trying to earn money, and respect, by winning a boxing tournament.
The gritty covers lets you know the story inside is a tough one about a young man searching for himself, one fight at a time.
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