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Boys to Men: Stories

Tyrell by Coe Booth
15-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

Swim the Fly by Don Calame
15-year-old Matt and his best friends’ summertime goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. But that starts to look easy compared to Matt's other goal: to swim the 100-yard butterfly and impress the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
Avery, a teenaged boy with frightening super powers, discovers that he and other teenagers with similar powers are being sought by the mysterious Cherchette, but they don’t know why.

Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe
A teen finds himself at odds with his grandfather over serious issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a 14-year-old African American from Chicago.

Gym Candy  by Carl Deuker
Football is the only thing that has ever mattered to Mick, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Dept. of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack, 17-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
When 15-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger. This is Book One in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Gone by Michael Grant
When everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappears, a battle emerges between the remaining residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" to perform supernatural feats and those who do not. Sequel: Hunger

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Russell learns lessons about courage and self-acceptance with new friends when they form an extracurricular club at their high school.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy. Sequel: Genius Squad

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend Rowley, undersized weaklings, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. Sequels include: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Epic by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, society is governed in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. When Erik and his friends dare to subvert the rules of the game, they may find the key to destroying the Committee’s tyranny. Or they may lose everything ... Sequel: Saga

Venomous by Christopher Krovatin
Since age 8, high school junior Locke has experienced bouts of overpowering anger, but now that he has friends who accept him and a true girlfriend, "the venom" threatens to destroy all that he loves.

The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale
Suburban jock Bobby Pendragon discovers parallel universes and gets hero training while helping to resolve an intergalactic civil war. This is Book One in the 
Pendragon series.

Sunrise Over Fallujah  by Walter Dean Myers
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
16-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego.

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, 12-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and sets off on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. This is Book One in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Two boys visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. This is Book One in the Cirque du Freak series.

If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
Growing up in the inner-city projects, DeShawn is reluctantly forced into the gang world by circumstances beyond his control.

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor
While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp
In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell the police what really happened.

The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which leads to a face-off between a tough senior and Frankie's older brother and his gang-member friends.

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates his senior year while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.

Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
12-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

Soldier X by Don Wulffson
In 1943, 16-year-old Erik experiences the horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian front. Based on a true story.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Presents three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book (graphic novel) format.

For Real...Real Lives, Real Feelings

The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden
Covers essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses and go-carts, learning how to fish, identifying insects and spiders, flying paper airplanes and even answering the age old question: what is the big deal with girls?

The Guy Book: An Owner's Manual for Teens: Maintenance, Safety, and Operating Instructions by Mavis Jukes
Provides information for boys on changes that occur in their bodies during puberty and offers advice on sexual topics, nutrition, drugs, girls, and more.

Teen Angst? Naaah: A Quasi-Autobiography by Ned Vizzini
A collection of essays written by the author from age 15 to 17 in which he shares impressions of school, sports, cool people, boring people, friends, family, money, music, and obsessions.

Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho by Jon Katz
The story of Jesse and Eric, self-described geeks with no real futures, who used technology to change their lives and alter their destiny.

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sampson Davis
Growing up on the rough streets of Newark NJ, Rameck, George, and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.

Hawk: Occupation, Skateboarder  by Tony Hawk
Tony shares behind-the-scenes stories from his career as a skateboarder. He recalls love, loss, numerous injuries, and the determination that has shaped his life. As he takes a look back at his experiences with skateboarding legends, he tells the real history of skateboarding.

The Rose that Grew From Concrete  by Tupac Shakur
A collection of poetry written by the rapper before he became famous. The poems are reproduced from the originals in his handwriting, complete with drawings and corrections.

Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
Renowned author Walter Dean Myers provides a glimpse of his life story from its beginnings in Harlem during the 1940s and 1950s.

Guts, or How I Lived the Same As Brian Robeson by Gary Paulsen
The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired his books about the character, Brian Robeson.

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI by Ryan Smithson
Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was 17. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this powerful and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI's tour of duty.

Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall
Washington Post reporter Nathan McCall tells the story of his passage from the street and prison yard to the newsroom of one of America's most prestigious newspapers.