Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Books for Teen Boys (That Girls May Also Enjoy!)

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Finding books for boys that aren't overly graphic, violent, or laced with profanity can be a challenge. And while many classics are fabulous reads for young men, the vocabulary and length can be a challenge.  When I knew my boys would enjoy a book but I could not persuade them to read it on their own, I'd make it a family read aloud.  This was how my boys experienced Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and A Long Vacation by Jules Verne.

For those who may be looking for some additional recommendations, here are some titles to try out. Many on the list are written by Christian authors. Those that are not expressly Christian, were worthwhile reads.

Happy reading!

Book Recommendations for Teen Boys

The Last Thing I Remember
Andrew Klavan
The Long Way Home
Andrew Klavan
The Truth of the Matter
Andrew Klavan
The Final Hour
Jerel Law  (fantasy in angel realm)
Spirit Flyer
Jerel Law
Fire Prophet
Gabrielle Law  (Conspiracy 365 Series of 12 books) 
January - December

Dragons in Our Midst series
C.S. Lewis (allegory)
The Chronicles of Narnia
J. R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
J. R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
N. D. Wilson (fantasy)
100 Cupboards
N. D. Wilson
Dandelion Fire
N. D. Wilson
The Chestnut King
Ulysses Moore (adventure; not Christian)
The Door to Time
Ulysses Moore
The Long Lost Map
Brian Selznick
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry (The Wormling Series)
The Book of the King
Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry
The Sword of the Wormling
Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry
The Changeling
Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry
The Minions of Time
Jerry B. Jenkins & Chris Fabry
The Author’s Blood
Brian Jacques (fantasy, adenture; not Christian)
Redwall Series
Frank Dixon
Hardy Boys series
Rush Limbaugh (historical fiction)
Rush Revere books
Bill Myers  (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle)
My Life as a Smashed Burrito (#1)
Trenton Lee Stewart
Mysterious Benedict Society
Chuck Black (Christian allegory)
Kingdom’s Dawn series
Chuck Black
Knights of Arrethtrae series
Chuck Black (older teen; angel realm)
Wars of the Realm series

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Cover Story by Deb Richardson-Moore

In the second book in a series featuring Branigan Powers, A Cover Story, Ms. Powers investigates a crime that hits close to home: her niece and a friend were run off the road by an unusual vehicle. Investigating the crime takes Branigan onto the college Greek scene.

When another crime is committed against a homeless young woman whom Branigan had tried to help, she begins to suspect a connection between the two crimes. With the assistance of Malachi, man [living] on the street, Branigan closes in on the killer and exposes the dark secrets of the Greek culture on campus.

Readers will enjoy the story and mystery even if they haven't read the previous novel. The story touches on the plight and struggles of the homeless without being preachy or political. The crimes are not glorified or sensationalized; the focus is on Branigan's process of closing in on the criminal. A very satisfying, clean read that doesn't get bogged down with a too-complex plot or too many characters.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Cover Story from Kregel Publication for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.