Books for Teen Boys (Grades 7-12)

BooksRecently, a question appeared on a Minnesota listserv, and it was fun to see the engagement and excitement of the list participants. I do believe a librarian’s mission is life is to entice a non-reader to read! And, the quest for just the right material to make that happen is ongoing! The question posed is included below along with a compiled list of all of the great suggestions….all of which happened within about a one-hour time frame! Pure fun….continue the excitement by listing your suggestions in the comments field! Or, more fun yet, search for Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange on Facebook, like our page, and add your suggestions there!

Question: I’m looking for new authors for our teen boys grades 7 – 12.  Other than Gary Paulson, John Flanagan, Rick Riordan, what are some others that you can recommend.  I’m asked often for books about hunting;  wilderness anything outdoorsy that also has an AR quiz.


(The following authors were enthusiastically endorsed, no matter what they write)                                                  

John Flanagan, Margaret Haddix, Mary Downing Hahn, Will Hobbs, Gordon Korman, Jim Kjelgaard, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulson, Wilson Rawls, Rick Riordan, Will Weaver, Pam Withers

Titles and Authors

(Subjects are in Italics)

Wild Life: Cynthia DeFelice

Weasel: Cynthia DeFelice

Various teen topics: Paul Volponi’s

Alex Rider series: Anthony Horowitz

Vampires and werewolves:  Darren Shan

Sports books: Mike Lupica

Series  of Chris D’Lacey

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (series): Heather Brewer

Sports, &the Sports Heroes & Legends biographies: Mike Lupica and Tim Green

Sci-Fi: Scott Westerfeld, Roderick Gordon, Pittacus Lore

Adventure: Will Hobbs, Anthony Horowitz, Gordon Korman

Humor:  James Patterson’s “Middle School” books, Jordan Sonnenblick

War stories:   Chris Lynch (Vietnam series and now WW II), Tim O’Brien, Walter Dean Myers

Relationships : John Green

“Secrets” series: Pseudonymous Bosch

“Michael Vey” series: Richard Paul Evans

 Outdoors: Gordon Korman, Mary Casanova

Any title (High school boys): John Sandford, Tim O’Brien, William Krueger,

Grade 7-12 boys, any titles: John Flanagan, Joseph Delaney, Stephen King, Chris Lynch,

Additional suggestion: I also ordered smaller books from Follett on hunting and fishing, they are average level and smaller books worth one to two points, but the boys seem to like them.