As a secondary teacher, I have found that it can be tough to get boys to read, especially fiction. I wish I could say that I've unearthed the perfect formula for what makes a book appealing to teen boys. I haven't. However, here are a few that I've found almost always engage my male students, especially those who are a little skeptical about reading.
Peak by Roland SmithThis easy-to-read book is perfectly appropriate for middle
school and early high school students. It follows the story of Peak, a teenaged climbing enthusiast who gets into legal trouble after scaling a high rise building. Peak is sent to live with his father, a world-class mountain climber. Prior to his stay with his father, Peak's teacher encourages him to keep a diary in a Moleskine notebook, and the book is comprised of Peak's journal. Unbeknownst to Peak, his father is hatching a plan to climb Mt. Everest, taking Peak along for the ride. If Peak succeeds in summitting Everest, he will be the youngest person to achieve this goal; however, a young Sherpa begins to make him see his goal -- and his father -- differently. Boys will learn the value of friendship, trustworthiness, and honor in this fast-paced page-turner.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexieunit available for this book on Teachers pay Teachers!
Monster by Walter Dean MyersEver since I read Slam in junior high, I have been a huge
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I'm teaching an Independent Reading class this semester, and I will be recommending these books to the guys in that class. I'm sure they will have some suggestions for me, too! I'll make sure to pass those suggestions along to you as well!
Have a marvelous week!
Katrina, The Teacher Lady