Monday, March 25, 2013

Trent's Top 12 Authors for Tween/Teen Boys~Part 1

Trent is a voracious reader.  He finds and author that he likes and reads EVERY book he can find; then he moves on to a new author.  Here are his top 12 favorites this year (Part 1):

Avi writes in a mature style that pulls the reader into his stories.  He writes a variety of genres including historical fiction.  Poppy, Crispin and The Fighting Ground are just a start to his popular titles.  Sophia's War is a new Revolutionary War book released September 2012 about a girl who becomes a spy.  Check out more information here. Lexile range is from 600-800's.

Matt Christopher~
Matt Christopher has written a PLETHORA of sports stories that are sure to engage every tween reader!  You will be amazed with his website.  Click whatever sport you are interested in and a number of engaging books at different Lexile levels varying from 400-900 levels will show up to pick from. 

You can find Matt Christopher's website here.

Cassandra Clare~
The Mortal Instruments series is the newest read for Trent.  It is an urban fantasy series filled with demons and the shadowhunters who defend mankind from them.
 There are many characters to keep track of including Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabella, Alec  and Valentine. The Lexile range is 700-800, so the reading level is not too hard and the stories are very engaging.  Right now he is reading the third book in this series.  The first book is City of Bones.  Click here for an excerpt.

Eoin Colfer~
Eoin Colfer writes the Artemis Fowl fantasy series.  Book 1 is titled, Artemis Fowl gives a fresh story line where Artemis, the main character, is forced to find a fairy to decode a book that will save his family's fortune.  The fairy angle to this book is refreshing and clever.  The Lexile range is in the 600-700 range making this series very appealing for all readers including those with "reluctant" in front of their names.  This series is highly recommended.  Link to Book 1 is here.
After perusing Eoin Colfer's website, I discovered that he has a new series soon to be released.  Book 1 is titled, Warp.  Check it out here.

Dan Gutman~
Dan Gutman's range of writing includes humorous (meaning make me laugh until I cry at the tack scene in book 1) My Weird School books in the 300-400 Lexile range to the Baseball Card Adventures series focusing on famous baseball players and time travel with Lexile levels 600-700.  You can find Dan Gutman's website here.

Anthony Horowitz~
Trent just finished the Alex Rider series about a teenage spy.  These books are written at a Lexile level range of 700-800 and have completely captivated Trent's attention from beginning to end.  Here is a summary of Book 1, Stormbreaker, from Anthony Horowitz's website:
"When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down.  Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in grueling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own set of special secret gadgets, he is off on his first mission to Cornwall where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers.  Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country-but there's more to the gift than meets the eye." 
You can find a link to Anthony Horowitz's site here.

Six books covered and six books to go in part 2!


  1. You should check out the Stelladaur Series by Shari Whyte. A great lead young man, who is a great character. We just finished Finding Tir Na Nog in this series and it was awesome. is the site, definitely worth a look for an avid reader!

  2. Excellent recommendation! Here is the book trailer for this new series: