Teen Boys and Reading November 21, 2006Posted by sharynheili in Uncategorized.
My son read everything and almost anything growing up and he still does. So, as a mother and a librarian I did not have to try hard to interest him in reading or convince him of the power of books.
Not so all boys, especially teen boys. Beyond Harry Potter, it’s hard to find books of interest to teens. A local author featured in our Marathon County Reads, Gerald Morris, writes adventurous books about knights, castles and chivalry, and the teens love them. Several other new authors and publishers are attracting this group and librarians would be wise to buy and promote them. Teens can’t play games all the time, or can they?
The Associated Press list titled “Books that might resonate with teenage boys” in this week’s newspaper may be of interest. Included on this list are:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
- Deadly Invaders by Denise Grady
- Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy
- The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer
- The Eldest by Christopher Paolini
- Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
- Maximum Ride: Schools’s Out Forever by James Patterson
- One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch
- Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
And if this doesn’t give you enough ideas, the new book by Anita Silvey, 500 Great Books for Teens will. Let’s get those teens lining up to come into our doors for more than the Internet!