With the holidays quickly approaching it’s time to start your quest to find the perfect gift(s) for your loved ones. Might we help you on your quest? Here are ten books that are sure to interest the teen boys in your life.
1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; in fact, he is engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth’s attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy.
2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini: In Alagaësia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
4. Chasing the Prophecy by Brandon Mull: Jason and Rachel’s adventures and friendships have made Lyrian more of a home to them than they could have imagined, so now, armed with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they are ready to become Lyrian’s heroes whatever the cost to themselves.
5. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz: After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, M16.
6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London: Buck, an intrepid shepherd dog, is kidnapped and shipped to the Klondike gold fields, where he must learn the law of club and fang–or die failing to learn to survive, to keep warm in a frozen land, to scenting perilous changes in the weather, to protect himself against the lead sled dog–die failing to learn the song of the wolves, as plaintive and old as the breed itself.
7. Schooled by Gordon Korman: After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies.
8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.
9. The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman: A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an “invisible-ish” boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.
10. Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney: Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.”