My brother-in-law, Michael Jennings, is a fifth grade teacher extraordinaire in a public school outside of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a prolific reader who goes the extra mile to find good young adult literature to engage his students with. He’s a young teacher who knows the trends and interests of his students, so when he says there’s a book or series boys love, it’s a book or series boys love. I asked him to give me a short list of titles that have appealed to the boys in his class. The following suggestions are generally geared for kids between the fourth and eighth grade. It is a diverse selection of material: sports, literature, historical literature, science fiction, fantasy, and outdoor survival. All are topics that appeal especially to boys!
- Mike Lupica writes young-adult sports novels. His book Summer Ball is a follow-up to the extremely popular Travel Team, a novel about a boy who ends up coaching a basketball travel team. Great books for Sports Enthusiasts!
John Flanagan- The Ranger’s Apprentice Sseries. A gripping fantasy series about a boy named Will who is assigned as an apprentice to a mysterious ranger. The first book is entitled The Ruins of Gorlan. This series is full of the stuff boys love… danger, gigantic scary beasts, fighting, etc.