Staff Picks


Books for Boys

SSJCPL staff selected these books for boys to read and enjoy!



Cross, Julie. Tempest. St. Martin's Griffin, 2012. After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again and makes other big discoveries.

For teen readers.

Maze Runner

Dashner, John. Maze Runner. Delacorte, 2009. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

For 7th graders and older.


Fisher, Catherine. Incarceron. Dial Books, 2010. To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

For teen readers.


Hiaasen, Carl. Chomp. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. When the difficult star of a reality television show disappears while filming in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

For 4th through 6th graders.

No More Dead Dogs

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs. Hyperion Books for Children, 2000. Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

For 7th and 8th grade readers.


Lupica, Mike. Heat. Philomel Books, 2006. Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

For 5th and 6th graders.

Long Shot

Lupica, Mike. Long Shot. Philomel Books, 2008. Pedro, an avid basketball player, decides to run for class president, challenging a teammate who is also one of the most popular boys in school.

For 3rd through 6th graders.

Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown

McDonald, Megan. Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown. Candlewick Press, 2011. After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in P.E., his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.

For 2nd through 5th grade readers.

The Boxer and the Spy

Parker, Robert B. The Boxer and the Spy. Philomel Books, 2008. Fifteen-year-old Terry, an aspiring boxer, uncovers the mystery behind the unexpected death of a classmate.

For junior high and high school readers.


Paulsen, Gary. Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Practices of Love. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012. Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

For 3rd and 4th grade readers.

Two Crafty Criminals

Pullman, Philip. Two Crafty Criminals!: And How They Were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Eleven-year-old Benny Kaminsky leads a rag-tag gang of neighborhood children as they use improbable disguises and crazy ruses while investigating such crimes as counterfeiting and stolen silver in 1894 London.

The Only Ones

Starmer, Aaron. The Only Ones. Delacorte, 2011. After setting off from the island where he has been leading a solitary existence, thirteen-year-old Martin discovers a village with other children who have been living and governing themselves since the grown-ups were all spirited away.

For 7th graders and older.

Dragon's Tooth

Wilson, Nathan D. The Dragon's Tooth. Random House, 2011. When their parents' old motel burns down and they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive.

For 5th through 8th grade readers.

Zero to Hero

Winkler, Henry. Zero to Hero. Scholastic, 2012. When Billy Broccoli moves into his new house, he discovers Hoover Porterhouse, a teenage ghost, is haunting his room, and he helps Billy get in style, stand up to bullies, and conquer his new school.

For 4th through 6th graders.