Friday, March 29, 2013

Trent's Top 12 Authors for Tween/Teen Boys~Part 2




Andrew Clements~
Every reading teacher has or should have a copy of Frindle as one of their first read-aloud books to tween students.  This book follows Nick as he invents the word Frindle to replace the word pen and the adventure he has battling with his English teacher to get this word used in class.  Frindle cleverly incorporates the origin of words including derivatives from other languages which is the perfect springboard for teachers to expose students to the wonder of language and word meaning. Most of Andrew Clement's books are around an 800 lexile level.


 Andrew Clement's website has posted his newest book, titled About Average.  This is a book about a girl learning to embrace who she is and developing her own sense of self. About Average will be on my gift list for birthdays in the future.
More about Andrew Clements can be found {here}.                                              
David Lubar~
I follow David Lubar on Twitter and he makes me laugh!  Punished is the first book that comes to mind when I hear David Lubar's name. A review was posted of this book last year.  It is one of my all-time favorite books to teach vocabulary.  You can find our review {here}.   He has also written a series of zombie books about a boy named Nathan Abercrombie as well as a series books~all with the word, "Weenies" in the title.  These books were a hit at our school's book fair last week!  
I will be placing Lubar's book, Hidden Talents in my Amazon cart shortly.  It looks like an engaging tween/YA book that I haven't heard about until now.  The book synopsis from David Lubar's website follows:
"Every time Martin opens his mouth, he gets in trouble.  He's just been dumped at the last place that will take him; a school filled with freaks, misfits, and psychotic bullies.  His roommate start fires.  His new friends are thieves and cheats, and his teachers hate him.  Then things really start to get weird."
 Lexile levels for David Lubar's books range from 540-640.  If you would like to visit his website, you can find it {here}.

Mike Lupica~
Mike Lupica writes "meatier" sports stories that are geared toward older boys around a 900 lexile level. Book covers are more mature as are his story lines.  Mike Lupica's newest book is titled, True Legend.  Here is an excerpt from Lupica's website:
"There's a reason his teammates call him 'True.'  Because for basketball phenom, Drew Robinson, there is nothing more true than his talent on the court.  It's the kind that comes along once in a generation and is loaded with perks...and with problems."
More about Mike Lupica's books can be found by following the link to his website {here}.

Eric Nylund~
Eric Nylund writes Science Fiction and Fantasy books geared toward tween/teen boys.  Trent has plowed his way through the Resisters series, which is about a tweenage boy named Ethan who learns that Earth was taken over by aliens many years ago.  All adults are under mind control.  Ethan makes the decision to join the Resisters, a group who fights against the aliens.  Nylund's books are perfect for the tween reader!

 In addition, Nylund has written the Halo series and The Mortal Coils series; both are young adult Science Fiction/Fantasy books. Lexile levels range from 700-800 for his books.  Eric Nylund's website can be entered {here}.

Gary Paulsen~
When you think of Gary Paulsen, you think of solid writing with heart-stopping adventure and events.  In school, Trent started reading Hatchet.  This has translated to reading several books throughout the years including his most recent read, The Glass Cafe; or The Stripper and the State:  How my Mother Started a War with the System That Made Us Kind of Rich and a Little Bit Famous.  Trent's review of this book is {here}.  

Gary Paulsen's books are written for different ages of boys.  Some are definitely tween and others have more mature topics about adolescence and self-discovery that may be more appropriate for teens.  Lexile ranges are from 700-1500 which is great for Trent as it is very hard to find high-level, engaging books.  Trent especially likes reading Gary Paulsen's books because the "voice" of his characters is so strong!

I am very interested in reading Notes from the Dog.  An excerpt from Random House's website follows:
"Sometimes having company is not all it's cracked up to be."  Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan.  This summer he's hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew.  Then Johanna moves in next door.  She's ten years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal.  Dylan loves her, too.  Johanna's dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally and physically.  When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically.  But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people."
Random House has a website for Gary Paulsen.  If you are interested, you can find it {here}.

Louis Sachar~
My love of Louis Sachar books started MANY years ago when I was looking for transitional chapter books to engage a group of struggling readers composed mostly of boys.  We started reading, Marvin Redpost:  Alone in His Teacher's House and their first series hook commenced.  It was so much fun watching this group develop confidence and a love of reading!  Lexile level for these books is around 400.


Trent's love of Louis Sachar books started with reading Holes in fourth grade.  We then watched the movie over and over and over...

Trent then moved on to enjoying the Wayside School series.  A new to me book by Louis Sachar is The Boy Who Lost His Face.  This sounds like an interesting book that incorporates a little character education.
Excerpt from Louis Sachar's website:
"Trying too hard to fit in, David goes along with some boys who harass an old woman.  When she puts a curse on him, he is suddenly unpopular at school!  As he tries to rid himself of the curse, David must decide what he truly believes and what is right." 
 Louis Sachar's website can be entered {here}.

R.L. Stine~
R.L. Stine is actually author #13.  We couldn't showcase specific books because we have heard that his tween/teen horror books are the best to read, but both of us are too chicken to start reading one! His {website} even has scary music on it!  We will have to overcome our fear of horror books...

Mark Walden~
Mark Walden is #14 and we have already devoted 2 separate blog reviews to his amazing H.I.V.E.  Series that Trenton devoured!
See reviews:
http://trifectabookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/hive-dreadnought-by-mark-walden-lexile.html

http://trifectabookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/hive-escape-velocity-by-mark-walden.html

We welcome your favorite authors for tween and teen boys.  Please leave us a comment.

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