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Books for Boys
The list below includes some of the best works for Young Adult boys.
  • The Amazing Life of Birds  by Gary Paulsen  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    As twelve-year-old Duane endures the confusing and humiliating aspects of puberty, he watches a newborn bird in a nest on his windowsill begin to grow and become more independent, all of which he records in his journal.
  • Bait  by Alex Sanchez  (Location: Central Library)
    Diego keeps getting into trouble because of his explosive temper until he finally finds a probation officer who helps him get to the root of his anger so that he can stop running from his past.
  • Ball Don’t Lie  by Matt de la Pena   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past--that threaten his dream of playing professionally.
  • The Big Nothing  by Adrian Fogelin   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    A middle-schooler struggles to cope with major family problems, including a brother who might be heading to the Persian Gulf, but finds an escape in piano lessons and the dream of romance with a popular girl.
  • Black and White  by Paul Volponi   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.
  • Double Click for Trouble  by Chris Woodworth  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    After he is caught viewing inappropriate websites on the Internet, a fatherless, thirteen-year-old Chicago boy is sent to rural Indiana to spend school break with his eccentric great-uncle.
  • Dull Boy  by Sarah Cross  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Avery, a teenaged boy with frightening super powers that he is trying to hide, discovers other teenagers who also have strange powers and who are being sought by the icy and seductive Cherchette, but they do not know what she wants with them.
  • Efrain’s secret  by Sofia Quintero  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Ambitious high school senior and honor student Efrain Rodriguez makes some questionable choices in pursuit of his dream to escape the South Bronx and attend an Ivy League college.
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp  by Richard Yancey   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
  • Girls for Breakfast  by David Yoo   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    As he reflects back on his life in upscale Renfield, Connecticut, on his high school graduation day, Nick Park wonders how much being the only Asian American in school affected his thwarted quest for popularity and a girlfriend.
  • Gym Candy  by Carl Deuker  (Location: Central Library)
    Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.
  • Heart’s Delight  by Per Nilsson   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    As a sixteen-year-old boy looks at and systematically destroys each of his mementos of Ann-Kathrin, he replays scenes from their relationship and realizes that it was not the great romance he believed it to be.
  • Heavy Metal and You  by Christopher Krovatin   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.
  • How to be a Hero on Earth 5   by Rob Payne  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Canadian John Fitzgerald is less than thrilled when his eccentric father sends him to England to spend his summer with relatives he's never met. Then on his way over his plane takes a wrong, and quite disturbing, turn over the Atlantic and drops into a parallel universe-Earth 5-where things are not quite the same.
  • Hunting the Dragon  by Peter Dixon  (Location: Central Library)
    An eighteen-year-old surf bum joins forces with a dolphin activist and his young assistant as they try to find and sink a ship whose pirate crew is killing dolphins along with the tuna they catch and sell.
  • I am a genius of unspeakable evil and I want to be your class president  by Josh Lieb  (Location: Central Library)
    Twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
  • I.D.  by Vicki Grant  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    When Chris finds a wallet on the street he tries to return it to its owner. In trouble at home and at school, he is struggling to do the right thing. However, as circumstances slowly start unraveling and his whole life appears headed down the drain, Chris realizes that the person who owns the wallet looks a lot like him and has a life he would do almost anything for. What if he switched identities? What if he became someone else?
  • In the space left behind  by Joan Ackermann  (Location: Central Library)
    Fifteen-year-old Colm embarks on a cross-country journey with the father who abandoned him as a child.
  • Invisible   by Pete Hautman   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends - one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater - who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
  • Johnny Hazzard   by Eddie De Oliveira   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Johnny Hazzard is an American boy living in London for the summer. He's not used to being a foreigner, and even less used to fending for himself. Then he meets an older girl named January and suddenly his quest for experience is taking some unexpected turns.
  • King of the Creeps  by Steven Banks   (Location: Central Library)
    When a nerdy, unpopular high school senior notices his resemblance to Bob Dylan, he leaves home for Greenwich Village, in 1963, to become a folk singer.
  • King of the lost and found  by John Lekich  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Raymond Dunne is in the 10th grade. He can't change the fact that he's prone to sneezing, getting nosebleeds, and fainting. He can, however, change the fact that he's not popular -- though it won't be easy.
  • Klutzhood  by Chris McMahen  (Location: Central Library)
    Arlo thinks his mother is crazy for taking a job in a small town, far away from his old home and his good friends. And to make matters worse, the students at his new school are crazy-hockey crazy. Arlo has never laced up a pair of skates in his life, and he's not about to start. To avoid making a complete fool of himself in front of his classmates, Arlo joins a group of misfits called the Dumpster Dudes, who set him a series of wild initiation tests that unleash mayhem on the school.
  • Last December  by Matt Beam  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Written in the form of a suicide note from a teenaged boy to his unborn sister, tells the story of how a ninth-grader comes to accept his less than ideal life after witnessing the struggles of a friend with serious depression.
  • Never Go Home Again  by Shannon Holmes   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Leaving home in his mid-teens after his father orders him to stay away from the inner-city drug trade, Corey Dixon finds himself in prison, where he meets well-meaning teacher Mr. Fisher, whose advice Corey has trouble understanding.
  • Payback  by James Heneghan  (Locations: Central Library, Oak Ridges Moraine Library)
    Newly arrived from Ireland, Charley Callaghan is relieved when the school bullies stop picking on him and find a new target in Benny Mason, but when Benny ends up committing suicide, Charley is overcome with guilt.
  • Pinned  by Alfred C. Martino   (Location: Central Library)
    Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.
  • Pirates of the Retail Wasteland  by Adam Selzer  (Location: Central Library)
    When eighth-grader Leon decides what to do for his project in the gifted program, it involves coffee houses, pirates, and filmmaking.
  • Playing Dad’s Song  by Dina Friedman   (Location: Central Library)
    It's been two years since Gus's father was killed in the World Trade Center, and Gus can't figure out how to move on. While taking music lessons with Mr. M, Gus soon decides to compose a song of his own, a tribute to his father. But even if Gus can find a way to wrap up his father's life in a single song, will he ever find the courage to play it?
  • Punkzilla  by Adam Rapp  (Location: Richvale Library)
    A runaway boy nicknamed Punkzilla who sustains himself on the streets of Portland through petty crimes decides to try to kick his meth habit, turn his life around, and go on a journey to Tennessee to visit his dying older brother.
  • Reaction  by Lesley Choyce  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Zach and Ashley have been going out for a while, and things are going well-until Ashley finds out she is pregnant.
  • Resevoir Pups   by Colin Bateman   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Eddie is new in town. He hangs around waiting for school to begin and is drawn into a gang of boys running elaborate scams in town. While engaged on his first task for them, he discovers more than he bargained for when he overhears a plan to kidnap babies from the local hospital.
  • Rink of Dreams   by Nancy L.M. Russell   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    When 13-year old Gary MacDonald plays hockey on his backyard rink, anything seems possible - even one day playing in the NHL. But outside of his own backyard, things aren't so easy.
  • Rooftop  by Paul Volponi   (Location: Central Library)
    Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
  • Runner   by Carl Deuker   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
  • Shattering Glass   by Gail Giles   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him - until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon.
  • So Hard to Say  by Alex Sanchez   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    New to California, Frederick makes fast friends with Xio, an outgoing girl who develops a crush on him. But Frederick is drawn to Victor, the popular captain of the soccer team. Frederick is confused about what his feelings can mean--and part of him is afraid to find out.
  • The space between  by Don Aker  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Just dumped by his girlfriend, Jace Antonakos has recorded a proclamation in a notebook his English teacher made him take on his winter vacation to the Mayan Riviera: I’m going to Mexico to get laid. The fact that he’s only days away from turning 18 and still a virgin has Jace spooked, and he figures that Playa del Carmen’s golden beaches draped with equally golden girls should increase his odds of success. On the other hand, the fact that he’s travelling with his mother, his aunt and his nine-year-old autistic brother just about kills that bet.
  • Speechless  by Valerie Sherrard   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    When his teacher announces that it's time for the yearly class speeches, Griffin Maxwell starts to sweat. His past experience with the dreaded speech was humiliating, to say the least, and he just knows there's no way he can go through that again. So Griffin's best friend, Bryan, comes up with a solution -- one that's so simple it just has to work. But neither boy can begin to predict the bizarre chain of events that will be set in place when Griffin goes along with the idea. From squaring off with the school bully to reading a teacher's private letters, Griffin Maxwell wil have to face things he never imagined, and all without saying a word!
  • Swim the Fly  by Don Calame  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.
  • The whole sky full of stars  by René Saldaña  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Eighteen-year-old Barry competes in a non-sanctioned boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed mother, unaware that his best friend and manager, Alby, has his own desperate need for a share of the purse that may put their friendship on the line.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson  by John Green & David Levithan  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
  • You  by Charles Benoit  (Location: Central Library)
    Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future.