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Reading Lists

Some Links to Reading Suggestions for Boys

Any recommendations for purchase are welcome. Please contact the library staff.


Alex Awards (Young Adult Library Services Association)
The Alex Awards are given to 10 books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults aged 12 through 18.


Outstanding Books for the College Bound
The books on this list offer opportunities to discover new ideas and provide an introduction to the fascinating variety of subjects within an academic discipline. Readers will gain an understanding of our diverse world and build a foundation to deepen their response to that world.


Guys Read
This is a web-based literacy program that Jon Scieszka has made to help boys find things that they’ll like to read..


Ultimate Teen Reading List
This has more than 300 titles that we think are good choices for reading and discussing.


Booklist Online: Book Reviews from the American Library Association
This is a list of books for youth. See the library’s print copy for back issues.


Book Review Journals

The library subscribes to these print book review journals:Booklist
Quill and Quire
New York Review of Books
School Library Journal
Science Books and Films


Books to Consult for Reading Suggestions

These books are available in the library:Blostein, Fay
Connections: Paper Back Reading for Young PeopleBodart, Joni
The World’s Best Thin Books: What to Read when your Book Report is Due Tomorrow

Booth, David
Even Hockey Players Read: Boys, Literacy and Learning

Gilbar, Steven
The Open Door: When Writers First Learned to Read

Gillespie, John T., and Corinne J. Naden

Gold, Joseph
Read for your Life: Literature as a Support System

Adler, Mortimer J., Clifton Fadiman, and Philip W. Goetz
The Great Conversation: a Reader’s Guide to the Great Books of the Western World

Gurian, Michael
What Stories does my Son Need? A Guide to Movies and Books that Build Character in Boys

Hooper, Brad
Short Story Writers and their Work

Joshi, S. T. and Stefan Dziemianowicz, eds.
Supernatural Literature of the World

MacNee, Marie J., ed.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writers

Manguel, Alberto
The Library at Night

Rennison, Nick
Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide

Roy, Ken
Vistas: Exploring Poetry, Prose, and Non-Fiction

Spufford, Francis
The Child that Books Built: a life in Reading

Summer, Jane
Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens

Sypher, F. J. ed.
The Reader’s Adviser

Wurth, Shirley
Books for You: a Booklist for Senior High School Students