Books for Guys in High School
Recommended Books for Guys in High School
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Y Fiction Alexie (Grade 7-10) Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Acceleration by Graham McNamee, Y Fiction McNamee (Grade 8 and up) Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.
Black Storm Comin' by Diane Lee Wilson, Y Fiction Wilson (Grade 6-10) Twelve-year-old Colton, son of a black mother and a white father, takes a job with the Pony Express in 1860 after his father abandons the family on their California-bound wagon train, and risks his life to deliver an important letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Y Fiction Bodeen (Grade 7 and up) After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
DragonLance Chronicles (DragonLance series) by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman, Y Fiction Weis( Grade 6-12) After five years, a group of friends reunites as the shadow of war hangs over the land. When an artifact of incredible power falls into their hands, they must flee the forces of darkness, for they have learned the terrible truth: the dragons have returned to Krynn!
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Y Fiction Card, Y Books on CD Card (Grade 6-12) Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Y Fiction Paolini, Y Books on CD Paolini (Grade 5-12) Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy-until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save-or destroy-the Empire.
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks, Y Fiction Jinks ( Grade 7 and up) Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.
Feed by M.T. Anderson, Y Fiction Anderson, Y Books on CD Anderson (Grade 8 and up) 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 serious trouble.
Holes by Louis Sachar, Y Fiction Sachar, Y Books on CD Sachar (Grade 10 and up) As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, 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 himself.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Y Fiction Farmer,. Y Bookso n CD Farmer (Grade 11 and up) In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Icecore: A Carl Hobbes Novel by Matt Whyman, Y Fiction Whyman (Grade 8 and up) Seventeen-year-old Englishman Carl Hobbes meant no harm when he hacked into Fort Knox's security system, but at Camp Twilight in the Arctic Circle, known as the Guantanamo Bay of the north, he is tortured to reveal information about a conspiracy of which he was never a part.
Invisible by Pete Hautman, Y Fiction Hautman (Grade 7 and up) Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Y Fiction Doctorow (Grade 10 and up) After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D.M. Cornish, Y Fiction Cornish (Grade 8 and up) Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.
Nailed by Patrick Jones, Y Fiction Jones (Grade 9 and up) An outcast in a school full of jocks, sixteen-year-old Bret struggles to keep his individuality through his interest in drama and music, while trying to reconnect with his father.
Omega Place by Graham Marks, Y Fiction Marks (Grade 9 and up) Seventeen-year-old Paul Hendry runs away from home and joins Omega Place, a radical organization intent on upsetting England's country-wide closed-circuit surveillance system, but soon discovers that the other members of the group may not be entirely altruistic.
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, Y Fiction Westefeld (Grade 9 and up) Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz, Y Fiction Horowitz (Grade 9 and up) Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.
Slam by Nick Hornby, Y Fiction Hornby, Y Books on CD Hornby (Grade 9 and up) At the age of fifteen, Sam Jones's girlfriend gets pregnant and Sam's life of skateboarding and daydreaming about Tony Hawk changes drastically.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron, Y Fiction Cameron (Grade 10 and up) Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman, Y Fiction Korman (Grade 7 and up) Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner, Y Fiction Wizner, Y Books on CD Wizner (Grade 10 and up) Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz, Y Fiction Horowitz, Y Books on CD Horowitz (Grade 5-10) When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to superspy. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he's off on his missions.
Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers by Brent Runyon, Y Fiction Runyon (Grade 9 and up) Runyon tracks the changes in an adolescent boy over four summers, from ages 13 to 16. Each section covers the family's two-week vacation at their lakeside cottage. The repetitive structure allows readers to see the drastic changes in Luke as he veers from an exuberant middle-schooler whose primary concerns are making sure to fit in enough fishing, rock-skipping, exploring, and star-gazing, through early puberty in which the bikini-clad neighbors and sexual fantasies dominate his thoughts, to an alternately glowering and love-struck teenager finding expression in bad poetry and sullenness.
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