It's time for me to get out my soapbox. There has been a trend that has been bothering me and I feel the need to vent.
There is a big push to get boys to read. Studies have shown that boys don't read. Of course there are many factors to this such as home life, outside activities (video games, sports, working etc.) and the "it's not cool factor."
There have been numerous websites dedicated to guys and reading. As a librarian I strongly support this. But most of the sites forget that there maybe a young man over the age of 13 who wants to read, or is being made to read by his evil English teacher. Either way they do not give teen guys any books to choose from.
So where are the suggestions for teen guys? There are none. Or if there is a list of books you see the standard answers such as Stephen King or Lord of the Flies. Boo! So here is a list that I have made. This is only a partial list, but these are the books that my male patrons love.
I will create Part II in a few days. I hope it is useful.
- Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two
- The Hoopster
- Black and White
- Ghosts of Onyx
- Ball don't Lie
- Rats saw God
- No Right Turn
- Melvin Burgess