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A timeless story of outcasts versus the privileged. Exciting and heartbreaking — Hinton should be applauded for understanding the mind of a guy so well.
Lex Luthor finally finds a way to kill Superman and the Big Blue Boy Scout prepares for his death with a shocking ending no one could have seen.
A ship full of children from an all boys' school crashes on the beach of a deserted island. Unfortunately, it isn't long before the kids stop working together and break up into tribes with dark and deadly results.
Most people have seen the movie but few have read the book and that’s a shame. Pinocchio is a walking nightmare and hilarious.
An adaptation of the Jungle Book but instead of a boy being raised by wolves, he's reared by ghosts in an abandoned cemetery. It's chilling and dark, yet a powerful lesson on how a boy becomes a man.
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!
JASON REYNOLDS is crazy. About stories. After earning a BA in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he's afraid he'll forget it all before he gets home. When I Was the Greatest is his debut novel. His next, The Boy in the Black Suit, comes out in 2015. He's also the co-author of (in our opinion) the criminally-overlooked poetry/art hybrid memoir My Name is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way.
From his website: "Here's what I know: I know there are a lot - A LOT - of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom. If you are reading this, and you happen to be one of these boys, first of all, you're reading this so my master plan is already working (muahahahahahaha) and second of all, know that I feel you. I REALLY do. Because even though I'm a writer, I hate reading boring books too."
It's a brilliantly gritty story about a bunch of kids who get swindled into taking over a slum building. Super creative, yet totally feasible in New York City.
The story takes place in the sixties in the segregated south. Black people know where they stand. White people know where they stand. But what about a Japanese family?
Smart and hilarious story about a young man who is dying and his parents decide to cryogenically freeze his head. A few years later, he's back from the dead. And he's still in high school.
One of the gems that flew under the radar because Mosely is so prolific. But it's a sweet, yet biting story about an elder man, Ptolemy Grey, suffering from dementia.
It's a weird book about a stuffy writer and his hatred for the industry. His frustration with his agent wanting him to write a "sellable" book pushes him to pen "street fiction" just as a middle finger to the corporate publishing structure. Madness ensues, and it's downright hilarious.
is a Senior Librarian at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN. This is what he says:
The Great Eight: great books (kind of) for guys. Also: Magazines. Anytime I’m asked for booklist, I ask, “What about magazines, don’t they count?” Well, it’s my list so they count. Read a magazine every month or week.
A trickster tale about a coyote, a blanket, and a rock. Hot times in the desert.
Or anything by Stine. The man's a genius. Don't believe me: this is about twin teen girls vampires one hot summer. Do the math.
This has it all: humor, adventure, smart mouth teen boys, stupid rules to rebel against, and fire.
When you don’t have time for chapters or even paragraphs, choose bullets. Bullet points that is.
Nothing wrong with the first two volumes, but this is "just delicious!" Don't read this during lunch or before or after.
A 10-year-old gets a chance to play with the big boys. Read this and you'll feel the sweat fly off the pages.
By the Rolling Stone editors. An earlier edition of this book was my Bible at age 17. Everything you need to know.
Anything by Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Dave Barry, Roald Dahl, Robert Cormier, Jack Gantos, Peg Kehret, Gary Paulsen, Carl Hiassen, Andrew Clements, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gordon Korman, Roland Smith, Anthony Horowitz, and some guy named Jon Scieszka.
Genius. The Sgt. Pepper of children's books.
Still the best survival story.
This is the book that turned me on to reading. For the first time, somebody wrote like they were having a conversation with me.
Or anything by Dr. Seuss. Can’t beat it.
Without it, all intelligent life on Earth would have ceased to exist.