By Sean Frankel
The struggle is real when it comes to finding books for the young male reader. They have these stipulations that it can not be too girly, or they don’t want to be seen with a pink book. So, we decided to come up with a list of books that we suggest they get in to outside of Rick Riodan, John Green, Dav Pilkey and Erin Hunter’s books.
1. A Place of Shadows by Dave Lafferty
This book is incredibly captivating. Dave has this very unique writing style that grabs you back in to the book every couple of pages. It has some very chilling moments, but what do you expect from a ghost mystery thriller?! I highly recommend this book.
2. Scythe, Thunderhead, and Dry by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman writes some really fantastic books. His Arc of Scythe series is only three books in, but they are so incredibly written. The concept of the storyline is that people can not die on their own, and the only people who can take a life is a ‘Scythe.’ Dry is a novel that is basically about the California wildfires before they happened. His book is obviously more dramalized and fictional, but it is ironic that it takes place in some of the areas that have been on fire around the same time the book was released.
3. James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series
Being stripped of their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit to be a normal teenager; two teens are stripped away from the life they had by the “New Order” and stuck in a prison. Only to find out they have some kind of magical powers.. This series is very fast paced and very captivating. James Patterson did a really good job at giving us another great series that anyone can enjoy. I am still wondering why it hasn’t hit the big screen yet…
4. Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl
Speaking of books that had yet to hit the big screen. Artemis Fowl is going to be a major motion picture coming August 9th of this year. To be honest, I don’t know why it took this long for the books to hit the big screen. It should almost be a kid’s classic because the books are extremely well written, fast paced, captivating, and the character development is beautiful. Maybe Eoin Colfer was a little before his time, but hey, he finally got on the big screen!
5. Jason Reynold’s Track series
This is a very strong series about self discovery, resilience, and learning how to forget the past. Each book really follows each individual main character on the track team. Telling us more about who they are and what they are all about. Each book expands the story line and develops the characters more and more in each book. Which leaves you WANTING MORE with each cliff hanger!
6. Margaret peterson haddix’s shadow children series
Being the first child was the best thing that could ever happen to you, but being the second was a life sentence. In Haddix’s incredible series, she creates a world with population control laws that state each family is only allowed to have one child. Every child after this is considered illegal and treated like an abomination and a waste of space. The main character is unfortunate to be a second child hiding in the attic –until he is found out and taken away. This thrilling series follows a captivating timeline of rebellion, post-apocalyptic society, and freedom. Haddix does such a wonderful job writing these books that you almost can not put them down.
7. Obert Skye’s Levin Thumps series
Just another book about a fourteen year old trying to save the world. A boy who lost his parents, and lives with his horrible aunt and uncle–no, no it isn’t Harry Potter, promise. But this is a good mix of everything you love about books like the Golden Compass, Harry Potter, and Narnia. It really packs in to a magical world that anyone would enjoy.
8. Holly black & tony diterlizzi’s spiderwick series
Okay we could not leave these out. Spiderwick is such a beautiful fantasy world, and when it was brought to the big screen –I was in awe. All of my imagination was on the big screen because the vivid imagery this book has is incredible. Not to mention the intense story line and how fast paced the series is.
9. Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events
Fantastically written books with an amazing story line mystery. Following the grim tale of three orphans and their horrible uncle. I highly recommend this series as the twists, turns, and imagination in these books are incredible. Plus, who doesn’t love reading about an self-absorbed uncle?
10. Sarah J. Maas throne of glass series
So is Lara Croft a descendent of Celaena Sardothien or what? This series is about another powerful female character who kicks butt and takes names. Following through this very thrilling story line that never misses a beat, and has one of the greatest cliff hangers of all time. It also has very strong character development, and a lot of action. Even Drizzt Do’Urden can’t keep up.