Great Books for Boys

By: Freedman, Russell.
An introduction to the life of young Benjamin Franklin describes how, as a rebellious teen in 1732, he ran away from his family and a Boston apprenticeship to Philadelphia, and how throughout subsequent decades he rose to become a distinguished statesman, renowned author and world-famous scientist.
By: Floca, Brian.
Presents a visual exploration of America's early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers.
By: Thimmesh, Catherine.
Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.
By: Hale, Nathan, 1976- author, illustrator.
Big Bad Ironclad! covers the history of the amazing ironclad steam warships used in the Civil War. This book is filled with surprisingly true facts and funny, brave characters that modern readers will easily relate to.
By: Appelt, Kathi, 1954-
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.
By: Angleberger, Tom.
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
By: Barry, Dave.
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
By: Casey, Jo.
Introduces readers to the sinister secrets of the Sith warrior, Darth Maul. They will learn about his mission to defeat Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his deadly array of vehicles and weapons like his Sith speeder bike. Watch out for his double-bladed lightsaber!
By: Cooper, Susan, 1935-
In a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler, Little Hawk returns at the end of a winter-long journey to find his village decimated by a white man's plague, and soon, Little Hawk's friendship with white settler John Wakley puts both boys in grave danger.
By: Flanagan, John (John Anthony)
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
By: Gibbs, Stuart, 1969-
Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.
By: Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
By: Grisham, John
Theodore Boone dreamed of being a great trial lawyer someday, but little did he know he would be dragged suddenly into the middle of a sensational murder trial in which a cold-blooded killer is about to be released--only Theo knows the truth and won't stop until justice is served, in a first novel of a new series brimming with intrigue and suspense by a #1 international bestselling author. 1,000,000 first printing.
By: Goscinny, 1926-1977.
Follows Nicholas as he runs away, buys his mother a birthday gift, and worries about showing his parents his report card.
By: Hiaasen, Carl.
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.
By: Larson, Kirby.
In 1944 Hobie Hanson's father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner--but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.
By: Nielsen, Jennifer A.
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. First book in the Ascendance Trilogy.
By: Riordan, Rick.
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
By: Scieszka, Jon, editor of compilation.
An anthology of original science fiction and fantasy stories by Heroes of Olympus author Rick Riordan, Origami Yoda author, Tom Angleberger, and more.
By: Selfors, Suzanne.
Spending the summer in his grandfather's rundown town, 10-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town's veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
By: Simon, Francesca.
Horrid Henry causes his brother Perfect Peter all sorts of problems when he behaves properly for a change, upstages Peter at a dance recital, plays pirates, and goes on a camping trip.
By: Stroud, Jonathan.
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
By: Vernon, Ursula.
Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny's sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks--and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.
By: Skye, Obert.
After shoving various and sundry "lab supplies" and unread books into his closet for quite some time, middle-schooler Rob is amazed when a creature (who seems to be part Willy Wonka and part Frankenstein) emerges from it.
By: Wilson, Nathan D.
When their parents' seedy old motel burns down on the same night they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive. Ashtown Burials book 1.