When you’re looking for a new YA book to read, it can seem like the whole section is devoted to girls who want to swoon over a dreamy vampire or happen to become leaders of a revolution. While these books are certainly enjoyable, and even guys can find something to like in them, we wanted to focus on books that are written specifically for teen guys, complete with male narrators or main characters. And very little romance.
All of the following books may be found at the McCracken County Public Library.
BOOKS FOR TEEN GUYS
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN BY SHERMAN ALEXIE
THE MAZE RUNNER SERIES BY JAMES DASHNER
THE LAST APPRENTICE SERIES BY JOSEPH DELANEY
MICHAEL VEY SERIES BY RICHARD PAUL EVANS
GONE SERIES BY MICHAEL GRANT
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY TIM GREEN
VARIOUS BOOKS BY PETE HAUTMAN
YOUNG BOND SERIES BY CHARLIE HIGSON
VARIOUS BOOKS BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
THE CHRONICLES OF NICK SERIES BY SHERRILYN KENYON
HOMELANDERS SERIES BY ANDREW KLAVAN
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES BY ANDREW LANE
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY MIKE LUPICA
I HUNT KILLERS BY BARRY LYGA
VARIOUS BOOKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS
ERAGON SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON
SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL BY MICHAEL SCOTT
CIRQUE DU FREAK SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
DEMONATA SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
UNWIND SERIES BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN
ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE SERIES BY ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH
LEVIATHAN SERIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD
VARIOUS BOOKS BY RICHARD YANCEY
Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend?
The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours:
Stone Crowns Magazine is the latest source for up-and-coming YA authors, and it’s FREE! The journal is available online for iBook and Kindle devices, as well as epub and PDF formats for quick viewing. The first two issues are currently available (download them here), and be sure to check back soon for the next installment.
Stone Crowns Magazine not only allows you to discover you favorite new YA author, but you can also submit your creative work for a chance to be published in the magazine! The deadline for submissions for the next issue is January 12, 2014. All ages are welcome to submit material, but those under the age of 18 must have parent permission first. Are you an artist? Illustrators are welcome to submit portfolios, too. Read the full guidelines here.
What’s a road trip without some music? In honor of Read Across the USA, here are some perfectly titled tunes to mind travel to!
Arizona – Kings of Leon
California – Phantom Planet
Born in the USA – Demi Levato
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Why Georgia – John Mayer
Virginia Moon – Foo Fighters
Tennessee Line – Daughtry
Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
She’d Be California – Rascal Flatts
Queen of California – John Mayer
Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
Ohio is for Lovers – Hawthorne Heights
Ohio (Come Back to Texas) – Bowling for Soup
Old Alabama – Brad Paisley
Phoner to Arizona – Gorillaz
Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
Bourbon in Kentucky – Bill Monroe
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Cruise -Florida Georgia Line
California Stars – Billy Bragg & Wilco
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Especially in Michigan – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Carolina Moon – Scotty McCreery
Georgia Clay – Josh Kelley
Hotel California – The Eagles
Georgia Peaches – Lauren Alaina
Kansas – The Devil Wears Prada
Kentucky Woman – Neil Diamond
Light Up Mississippi – Thriving Ivory
Louisiana Rain – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Look at Miss Ohio – Miranda Lambert
Meet Virginia – Train
Boston – Augustana
California 37 – Train
Empire State of Mind – Jay Z
Idaho – Josh Ritter
New Hampshire – Sonic Youth
Doesn’t taking a vacation sound awesome right now? Well, you can always give your brain one! Teens ages 11-17 can participate in this November’s Reading Challenge: Read Across the USA! Read 3 books that are specially marked with a state tag (these books are on the display on top of the stairs!) Write a brief summary of each book. Finish the challenge by November 30th! TWO WINNERS will win prizes!
Give your brain a road trip! Go to http://www.mclib.net or come by the library to access the reading challenge!
For this month’s teen reading challenge, teens had to read two books and write a Halloween haiku in order to be entered to win two tickets to Talon Falls: Dead End Haunted House.
Here are the spooky haiku’s we received!
It is fun to trick or treat
I scare small children.
The masked murderer,
He stalks his prey like a wolf,
During the dark night…
Dress up, pranks, sweets, honor, death.
Now then, trick or treat?
Spooky, scary, fun
October thirty first, dark,
Candy, costumes, masks.
Demons and ghouls roaming streets,
Or costumed children.
This is Halloween.
One dark lonely night,
I was scared out of my sight.
I saw a scary shadow.
But then I realized.
It was only me.
On Halloween night.
It was a spooky spooky night.
Everything was deadly quiet.
Through the window.
Came a bright light that shone out the night.
He got adopted
Then he forgot about
Next he saved Sam.
With bats at great heights,
And vampires in the night,
Ghosts are in their flight.
There was a ghost house
A ghost lived in the ghost house
The Teen Reading Challenge is monthly, so keep your eyes peeled for November and December! Good job, teen readers!
You could win the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Hard Luck! Create your very own comic story using the template provided below, or submit your own. Make sure you include your name, age, library card number, and phone number. Entries must be submitted by November 1, 2013. Ten winners will get their very own copy of the new book! Ages 5-17. Submit your comic at the 2nd floor circulation desk.
Ready to enter? Print this template and use your imagination! (Click the picture to make it full-size.)
*McCracken County Public Library
555 Washington St
Paducah, KY 42003