Great Books for 10-12 Year Old Boys

One of the kid’s lit groups I belong to was asking about books for 10-12 year old boys.  There are so many wonderful books for this age group.  If you know a young boy in this age group, here are a few new and old but good titles to consider.

Here are a few of my recommendations:

Morris Gleitzman
Toad Rage
Toad Away

Gary Paulsen
Dog Song
Escape From Fire Mountain

Michael Morpurgo
An Elephant in the Garden
Dear Ollie

Philip Pullman
I was a Rat,
The Homework Machine,
The Golden Compass and The Amber Spyglass (for sophisticated readers, but the 3rd book is rather dark)

Richard Scrimger
The Nose From Jupiter
A Nose for Adventure
From Charlie’s Point of View

Cornelia Funke
Inkspell  (the last in the series was quite dark)
she also has some books for younger readers but can’t recall names off hand

Kenneth Oppel
Silver Wing
Sun Wing (2 more in the series.  all are good)
Airborn (the first in a series but also works as a stand alone)

Arthur Slade
The Hunchback Assignments
Monsterology: Fabulous Lives of the Creepy, the Revolting, and the Undead  (quite tongue and cheek)
Invasion of the IQ Snatchers

Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events
(series plus the unauthorized autobiography which is very funny)

Do you have any must read titles to suggest?  If so, please post them in the comments.

Gary Paulsen: That librarian never knew

Gary Paulsen is an amazing storyteller. His stories are so true to life. He talked about how, as a street kid whose parents were alcoholics and who had failed every subject and didn’t know how to read, he went to the library of his home town to keep warm. The librarian offered him a library card and gave him a book. It was the beginning of a life long passion for reading and writing. ” Everything I’ve become I owe that woman (the librarian),” says Paulsen. It’s interesting how many writers have similar stories about teachers or librarians. So all you teachers and librarians out there, take heart. Governments and school boards may not appreciate you, but you are making a difference, not only in the lives of kids who you share books with, but in the lives of all the children who read books by the authors whose lives you impacted when they were children.