Monday, August 02, 2010

"Blokes, Books and Brekky"

I've been off talking to Scotch College boys and their fathers about recommended reading for boys - with James Roy, Leesa Lambert, Eva Mills and Kristin Gill. After much reduction (using intense heat) I got the list down to ten series and authors, which was still too many for the 5 minutes of allotted time.

Here's a long (but still incomplete) list of picks:

For lower secondary (and upper primary):

Dragonkeeper series by Carole Wilkinson. - Carole helps everybody to realise that they have a special talent. A beautifully told magically realist tale.

The Cherub series by Robert Muchamore - AND the Henderson Boys. The poms do spies and thrillers really well.)

Boy Soldier series by Andy McNab - another good pommy spy writer.)

Town by James Roy - for those who love dipping into linked short stories)

Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials - the movie was The Golden Compass, which was not a patch on the books.

Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

The Spooks Books by Joseph Delaney

Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Two books out and one to come. Enough political depth to provoke thought. The provinces versus the centre

Black Dog's the Drum series.

Hatchet and its sequels, by Gary Paulsen

Shirley Marr's Fury - smart and sassy, a bit girly for guys just maybe, but a guy needs to know how girls think.

The Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeve (and his Here Lies Arthur)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

anything by Morris Gleitzman. My brother picked up Two Weeks with Queen at 36 and commented on how good it was without thinking of it as a book for kids.

Eragon and Brisingr

Con Iggulden is hot at the moment and keen on Mongols

Louis Sachar's Holes (and the rest)

William Nicholson's Wind on Fire series

Patrick Ness's

Tomorrow When the War Began - after you've seen the movie, which is due out in September

The Joshua Files

Garth Nix of course. Any of his series.

Alex Rider

Charlie Hickson's Young Bond

Mark Walden's Hive series

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Joshua Files

And for the older reader

Q&A by Vikas Swarup - the book on which Slum Dog Millionaire was based.

Hostage by Karen Tayleur - a road book.

Ellen Hopkin's Burned, Crank, Tricks and Glass - that's three books - just out from Simon and Schuster.

Scott Westerfield's Pretties etc

The usual thriller culprits: Dan Brown, James Patterson et al

John Green, maybe try Looking for Alaska

Annie Rose's Sex and Other Stuff - essential reading

Mama's Song by Ben Beaton, for how blokes think girls think.


kate.o.d said...

dan brown...blerk. but i loved hatchet and am so glad you've included it here.
great list so far - how about also nick earls, kevin brooks, the spud series by john van de ruit, phillip gwynne, markus zusak and mal peet?

Andrew's black dog blog said...

Boys of a certain do like dan brown - and james patterson and john grisham. And it maintains the reading habit in those difficult years. And great reading in Nick Earls et al. More suggestions?

kate.o.d said...

i know. lots of people like dan brown. he's definitely done something right.

hmmm...MT Anderson, biggles, scot gardner, robert cormier, sonya hartnett.

as for the younger ones, i think you've got it covered! lemony snicket? new authors like james phelan and new series like gabrielle lord's 365 days. i'm also really enjoying the phoenix files series by chris morphew.

mind if i add your list to our "reading for boys" list at work? so useful!

Andrew's black dog blog said...

Please do

Eliza Boans said...

Catcher in the Rye :) (see Mr K, I do know the right title!)

I also read 'Hard Love' by Ellen Wittlinger which I think is more supposed to be for boys, but I liked it

List for girls?