Great Reads for Guys (Teen)

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Y FIC Alexie  (SUMMER READING)
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.

Bauer, Joan.  Soar.  Y FIC Bauer
Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.

Bliss, Bryan.  Meet Me Here.  Y FIC Bliss
Expected to follow in the proud tradition of his military family, Thomas accepts a friend’s suggestion that he enjoy one last night of fun before his service begins and embarks on an evening filled with risks, doubts, courage and confrontations about the realities of his brother’s PTSD.

Bradley, Alex.  24 Girls in 7 Days.  Y FIC Bradley
After Jack Grammar’s friends, Percy and Natalie, post a personal ad in the school newspaper for him, Jack ends up with only seven days to date all the responses before asking one special girl to the prom.

Bloor, Edward.  Tangerine. Y PB B
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Bonk, John J.  Dustin Grubbs : one-man show.  Y FIC Bonk
A sixth-grader, who longs to see his name in lights, recounts life at Buttermilk Falls Elementary in preparation for the school drama production.

Brewer, Heather.  The chronicles of Vladimir Tod : eighth grade bites.  Y FIC Brewer
For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents’ deaths, than he could have guessed.

Calame, Don.  Dan Versus Nature.  Y FIC Calame
 Follows the story of a teen graphic novel artist whose mother sends him on a survivalist camping trip to bond with his soon-to-be-stepdad, a haphazard journey marked by pranks, his germaphobe best friend, an attractive girl and the loss of their guide.

Cohen, Joshua.  Leverage.  Y FIC Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Coy, John.  Crackback.  Y FIC Coy
Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

Crawford, Brent.  Carter Finally Gets It.  Y FIC Crawford
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. Y FIC Curtis // Y PB C // LT Y FIC Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Damico, Gina.  Hellhole.  Y FIC Damico
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil–and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn’t meet the devil’s demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.

Dashner, James.  The Maze Runner.  Y FIC Dashner  (SERIES)
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. SEQUELSThe Scorch Trials (2010), The Death Cure (2011). PREQUELThe Kill Order (2012)

Doctorow, Cory.  Little Brother.  Y FIC Doctorow
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. SEQUEL: Homeland (2013).

Earle, Phil.  The Bubble Wrap Boy.  Y FIC Earle
Fourteen-year-old social outcast Charlie Han, known as “the short Chinese kid” at school, searches for a talent to improve his popularity, but when he discovers skateboarding, much to the disapproval of his overprotective mother, he also uncovers a huge family secret.

Gagnon, Michelle.  Don’t Turn Around.  Y FIC Gagnon
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

Gorman, Carol.  Games.  Y FIC Gorman
When fourteen-year-old rivals Boot Quinn and Mick Sullivan fight once too often, the new principal devises the punishment of having to play games together at his office, where they learn which battles are worth fighting.

Green, John.  Paper Towns.  Y FIC Green  (Check out other titles by this author!) 
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Guys Write for Guys Read.  Y SS Guys
There’s something for every guy in this collection of stories, mini-memoirs, advice, poems, comics and drawings chosen by readers on the Guys Read web site.

Harmon, Michael B.  Stick.  Y FIC Harmon
Stick, a star football player who’s become disenchanted with the game, becomes friends with Preston, a nerdy kid who fights crime by night.

Hiaasen, Carl.  Hoot.  Y FIC Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Higson, Charlie.  The Enemy.  Y FIC Higson  (SERIES)
When a plague turns anyone over the age of sixteen into flesh-craving monsters, a group of teenagers escape from their infested high school and head for London with the hopes of finding a safe haven there. SEQUELSThe Dead (2011), The Fear (2012), The Sacrifice (2013).

Hobbs, Will.  Go Big Or Go Home.  Y FIC Hobbs
Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady’s close encounter with a meteorite after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom.

Holt, Kimberly Willis.  When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.  Y FIC Holt
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

Houston, Julian.  New Boy .  Y FIC Houston
As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student with bad acne who is also Jewish.

Johnson, Varian.  The Great Greene Heist.  Y FIC Johnson
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight–but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson’s former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

Kerr, Philip.  One Small Step.  Y FIC Kerr
In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott’s elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.

Knowles, Jo.  Still a Work in Progress.  Y FIC Knowles
Noah is just trying to make it through seventh grade. The girls are confusing, the homework is boring, and even his friends are starting to bug him. Not to mention that his older sister, Emma, has been acting pretty strange, even though Noah thought she’d been doing better ever since the Thing They Don’t Talk About. The only place he really feels at peace is in art class, with a block of clay in his hands. As it becomes clear through Emma’s ever-stricter food rules and regulations that she’s not really doing better at all, the normal seventh-grade year Noah was hoping for begins to seem pretty unattainable.

Korman, Gordon.  Son of the Mob.  Y FIC Korman
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.

Kostick, Conor.  Epic.  Y FIC Kostick
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Lee, Stan & Moore, Stuart.  Convergence.  Y FIC Lee
Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.

Leitch, Will.   Catch.  Y FIC Leitch
Teenager Tim Temples must decide if he wants to leave his comfortable life in a small town and go to college.

Levithan, David.  Are We There Yet?  Y FIC Levithan
Tricked by their parents into taking a trip to Italy together, two brothers–one in high school and the other recently graduated from college–reflect on the directions of their own lives and on the distance that has grown between them.

Lipsyte, Robert.  One Fat Summer.  Y PB L  (SUMMER READING)
An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turningpoint summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.

Lipsyte, Robert.  Yellow flag.  Y FIC Lipsyte
When seventeen-year-old Kyle reluctantly succumbs to family pressure and replaces his injured brother in the family racecar, he struggles to keep up with his trumpet playing while deciding how–or if–he can continue making music with a brass quintet and headlines as a Nascar racer.

Lubar, David.  Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.  Y FIC Lubar
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Luper, Eric.  Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.  Y FIC Luper
After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.

Lupica, Mike.  The Only Game.  Y FIC Lupica
Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand.

McCullough, Kelly.  School for Sidekicks.  Y FIC McCullough
Superhero geek Evan survives a supervillian’s death ray, and is sent to the Academy for Metahuman Operatives. Unfortunately, instead of fighting bad guys, Evan finds himself blacklisted, and on the wrong side of the school’s director. Can he convince his semi-retired has-been mentor to become a real hero once again?

McNab, Andy.  Traitor.  Y FIC McNab  (Watts Family Adventures SERIES)
A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.  SEQUELS: Payback (2006), Avenger (2007) & Meltdown (2008).

Myers, Walter Dean.  Hoops  Y FIC Myers // Y PB M
A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.

Nelson, Blake.  The Prince of Venice Beach.  Y FIC Blake
Robert “Cali” Callahan, seventeen, gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with the ramifications of looking for fellow runaways who may not want to be found–and with falling in love with one of them.

Nelson, Blake.  Rock Star, Superstar.  Y FIC Nelson
When Pete, a talented bass player, moves from playing in the high school jazz band to playing in a popular rock group, he finds the experience exhilarating even as his new fame jeopardizes his relationship with girlfriend Margaret.

Nixon, Joan Lowery.  Search for the Shadowman.  Y PB N
While working on a genealogy project for his seventh grade history class, Andy Bonner becomes determined to solve the mystery surrounding a distant
relative who was accused of stealing the family fortune.

Pearson, Ridley.  The Kingdom Keepers.  Y FIC Pearson (SERIES)
Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holgorams to be guides for visitors to Disney World. When Finn is unexpectedly transported to the Magic Kingdom in his hologram form, Wayne, an Imagineer, tells him that he and the other guides must save the park from the scheming witch Maleficent and the Overtakers.  SEQUELSDisney at Dawn (2008), Disney in Shadow (2010), Power Play (2011), Shell Game (2012), Dark Passage (2013).

Peña, Matt de la.  Ball Don’t Lie.  Y FIC Pena
Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream.

Pow, Tom.  Captives. Y FIC Pow
When two families are kidnapped while vacationing in the Caribbean, they come to understand something of the island’s political backdrop and the events that fuel their captors’ actions.

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbeminsola.  8th Grade Superzero.  Y FIC Rhuday-Perkovich.
After half-heartedly joining his church youth group’s project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade “loser” Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community.

Richmond, Peter.  Always a Catch.  Y FIC Richmond
After he joins the new football team, Jack, a new junior and a skilled piano player at a preparatory boarding school, must decide how far he is willing to go to fit in with his new teammates, and how much he is willing to compromise himself to play the kind of music the school expects him to. 

Rubens, Michael.  The Bad Decisions Playlist.  Y FIC Rubens
Sixteen-year-old Austin, a self-described screw-up, finds out that his allegedly dead father happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler. Austin–a talented musician himself–is sucked into his newfound father’s alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him.

Sanderson, Brandon.  Steelheart.  Y FIC Sanderson  (Reckoners Trilogy SERIES)
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.  SEQUEL: Firefight (2015).

Scarrow, Alex.  The Eternal War.  Y FIC Scarrow
A time wave has altered the entire history of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln followed Liam into the present from 1831 and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo. If the TimeRiders can’t return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end.

Schmidt, Gary D.  Orbiting Jupiter.  Y FIC Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice. 

Schneider, Robyn.  The Beginning of Everything.  Y FIC Schneider
Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner’s life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

Smith, Andrew.  100 Sideways Miles.  Y FIC Smith
Finn Easton, sixteen and epileptic, struggles to feel like more than just a character in his father’s cult-classic novels with the help of his best friend, Cade Hernandez, and first love, Julia, until Julia moves away.

Smith, Andrew.  Winger.  Y FIC Smith
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates

Spinelli, Jerry.  Wringer.  Y FIC Spinelli  /  Y PB S //  LT Y FIC Spinelli
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town’s annual Pigeon Day or find the
courage to oppose it.

Tash, Sarvenaz, Tash.  The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love.  Y FIC Tash
Graham Posner is trying to get his best friend, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at Comic-Con.

Toten, Teresa.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b.  Y FIC Toten
Struggling with his parents’ divorce, his stepsibling and the challenges of OCD, teen Adam Spencer Ross despairs of ever falling in love before being unexpectedly drawn to a girl who makes him question his capacity for a normal relationship.

Van de Ruit.   Spud.  Y FIC Van de Ruit
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John “Spud” Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.

Volponi, Paul.  Black and White.  Y FIC Volponi
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

Volponi, Paul.  Game Seven.  Y FIC Volponi
Idolizing the father who fled Cuba to pitch professionally in America, 16-year-old Julio dreams of playing for Cuba’s national team only to have his prospects overshadowed by his father’s defection.

Wallace, Rich.  Playing Without the Ball.  Y FIC Wallace
Feeling abandoned by his parents, who have gone their separate ways and left him behind in a small Pennsylvania town, seventeen-year-old Jay finds hope for the future in a church-sponsored basketball team and a female friend.

Westerfeld, Scott.  Leviathan.  Y FIC Westerfeld  (SERIES)
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.  SEQUEL: Behemoth (2010) & Goliath (2011).

Winerip, Michael.   Adam Canfield, the Last Reporter.  Y FIC Winerip
When the school board shuts down the student newspaper, the Ameche Brothers, two budding entrepreneurs with a knack for refurbishing junk but a shaky command of journalistic ethics, step in to help.

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