Fantastic list for teen boys Nancy.
The real question that needs to be answered is are the books stimulating enough to encourage boys to read and well can they relate to them.
I found in Australia there were insufficient adventure books for the post modern teenage boy that not only challenged them to read more but also inspired them to further themselves in creative adventure.
To fill the void I wrote a trilogy with an unlikely teenager who became the hero he never wanted to be but what a nation needed. The novels, Only The Brave Dare, Canyon and A Ritre Of Passage see Scott Morrow have to battle with Russian drug Mafia; a liefe and death situation during a canyoning incident and warring motorcycle gangs. From all this a hero emerged.
The books are based on real life where today's teenager would feel right at home participating in the events the books are based on. They also fire up boys drives to do more outdoors and learn new skills to have a lot more fun.
I took the teenage book challenge to a new height when I wrote Finding Thomas, which is about a near death experience. Here a teenage boy 'dies' on the operating table but is revived. He can now see and talk with spirits and teams up with the dead son of his father's boss to stop both men being murdered by a rogue cop.
Finding Thomas pushes the boundaries in relation to life after death and again, what would the teenage reader do in the circumstances presented.
Please keep up the good work with your lists of top books for teenagers to read as parents need a good guide for their children too.
Christopher J. Holcroft
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