Teenage boys’ books

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Macmillan)

Case Closed by Gosho Aoyama (Gollancz)

Crazy Creatures by Gillian Arbuthnott (Barrington Stoke)

The Top 10 of Everything 2007 by Russell Ash (Hamlyn)

Smokescreen by Bernard Ashley (Usborne)

The Boy who was Wanted Dead or Alive – or both by Dominic Barker (Bloomsbury)

Darkside by Tom Becker (Scholastic)

Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson (Faber)

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)

Like Father, Like Son?: 12 Stories About Boys and Their Dads edited by Tony Bradman (Kingfisher)

Strange Powers of the Human Mind by Herbie Brennan (Faber)

Divided City by Theresa Breslin (Corgi)

Mutant by Theresa Breslin (Barrington Stoke)

Nathan Fox by L Brittney (Macmillan)

Bloodline by Kevin Brooks (Barrington Stoke)

Being by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)

Johnny Delgado Like Father Like Son by Kevin Brooks (Barrington Stoke)

The Spellgrinder’s Apprentice by N M Browne (Bloomsbury)

Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess (Chicken House)

Bloodsong by Melvin Burgess (Puffin)

Agent Orange by AJ Butcher (Atom)

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Black Swan)

Sakkara by Michael Carroll (HarperCollins)

The Hand of the Devil by Dean Vincent Carter (Corgi)

The Bone Room by Anne Cassidy (Barrington Stoke)

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Cavney (Bodley Head)

I Know You Got Soul by Jeremy Clarkson (Penguin)

The Moomy’s Curse by Steve Cole (Red Fox)

The Aztec Code by Steve Cole (Bloomsbury)

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

The Fighting Pit by Michael Coleman (Orchard)

Jimmy Coates: Revenge by Joe Craig (HarperCollins)

Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl (Puffin)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Puffin)

The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney (Bodley Head)

The Forgotten Spell by Louisa Dent (Wizard Books)

Grk and the Hot Dog Trail by Joshua Doder (Andersen Press)

Moon Man by David Donohue (Egmont)

True Spy Stories by Paul Dowswell and Fergus Fleming (Spies – due out in June)

Toonhead by Fiona Dunbar (Orchard)

Game Boy by Alan Durant (Barrington Stoke)

Stat Man by Alan Durant (Barrington Stoke)

Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings (Corgi)

The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven (Doubleday)

The Flight of the Silver Turtle by John Fardell (Faber)

The Road of Bones by Anne Fine (Corgi)

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Bloomsbury)

Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Bloomsbury)

Flanimals of the Deep by Ricky Gervais (Faber)

Setting of a Cruel Sun by Alan Gibbons (Orion)

So You Think You Know the Simpsons? by Clive Gifford (Hodder)

The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman (Puffin – due out in June)

Once by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin)

Mines of the Minotaur by Julia Golding (OUP)

The Ship Between the Worlds by Julia Golding (OUP)

Guinness Book of Records 2007 Guinness

King Solomon’s Mines by H Rider Haggard (Penguin)

Bunker 10 by JA Henderson (OUP)

Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Corgi)

The Black Book of Secrets by FE Higgins (Macmillan)

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins and Justin Richards (HarperCollins – due out in May)

Samurai by Jason Hightman (HarperCollins)

Double or Die by Charlie Higson (Puffin)

Blade of Fire by Stuart Hill (Chicken House)

It’s True You Can Make Your Own Jokes by Sharon Holt (Allen & Unwin)

101 Things You Need To Know (And Some You Don’t) by Richard Horne (Bloomsbury)

101 Things To Do Before You’re Old and Boring by Richard Horne (Bloomsbury)

Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz (Walker)

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz (Walker)

Great Britain by Elizabeth Singer Hunt (Red Fox)

Meltdown by Sam Hutton (HarperCollins)

Bloodbones by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone (Wizard Books)

High Rhulain by Brian Jacques (Puffin)

The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis (Hodder)

Unreal! by Paul Jennings (Puffin)

Help I’m a Classroom Gambler by Pete Johnson (Corgi)

The Thing with Finn by Tom Kelly (Macmillan)

Flight by Kazu Kibuishi (Image Comics)

Mouse Noses on Toast by Darren King (Faber)

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (HarperCollins)

Troll Blood by Katherine Langrish (HarperCollins)

Crusade by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan – due out in June)

Secrets of the Fearless by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan)

Deep Waters by HI Larry (Egmont)

Ryan’s Brain by Michael Lawrence (Orchard)

Under the Skin by Catherine Macphail (Barrington Stoke)

The Boys’ Book; How to be the Best at Everything by Guy McDonald

Small-Minded Giants by Oisin McGann (Corgi)

Avenger by Andy McNab (Corgi)

Breathe by Cliff McNish (Orion)

The Beast Within by Catherine Macphail (Bloomsbury)

Takedown by Graham Marks (Catnip)

The Highwayman’s Footsteps by Nicola Morgan (Walker)

Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo (Collins)

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins)

Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll (Walker)

The Fall by Robert Muchamore (Hodder)

The Paradise Plot by Natasha Narayan (Egmont)

Jango by William Nicholson (Egmont)

One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)

Lady Friday by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)

Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? by Mick O’Hare (Profile Books)

Measle and the Slitherghoul by Ian Ogilvy (OUP)

Boffin Boy and the Invaders from Space by David Orme (Ransom)

Here There be Dragons by James A Owen (Simon & Schuster)

Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Corgi)

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (Headline)

Soul Eater by Michelle Paver (Orion)

The Penalty by Mal Peet (Walker)

Fall 1152 by David Petersen (Archaia – due out in June)

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

Urgum the Axe Man by Kjartan Poskitt (Scholastic)

Captives by Tom Pow (Corgi)

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic)

Dream On by Bali Rai (Barrington Stoke)

A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic)

Larklight by Philip Reeve (Bloomsbury)

Time Runners: Freeze Framed by Justin Richards (Simon & Schuster)

Devil for Sale by EE Richardson (Barrington Stoke)

The Intruders by EE Richardson (Corgi)

Zip’s Apollo by Philip Ridley (Puffin)

Goal! II: Living the Dream by Robert Rigby (Corgi)

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Puffin)

Rebel Cargo by James Riordan (Frances Lincoln)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by Robert LeRoy Ripley (Century)

Final Lap by Malcolm Rose (Kingfisher)

Flash Flood by Chris Ryan (Red Fox)

Physik by Angie Sage (Bloomsbury)

Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser (Puffin)

The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (Puffin)

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue by Andy Seed (Hodder)

The Crime Lord by Jak Shadow (Wizard Books)

Blood Beast by Darren Shan (HarperCollins)

Tins by Alex Shearer (Macmillan)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Bloomsbury)

Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton (Puffin)

The Inventors by Alexander Gordon Smith (Faber)

The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)

Book the Thirteenth: The End by Lemony Snicket (Egmont)

Tide of Terror by Justin Somper (Simon & Schuster)

Running the Risk by Ali Sparkes (OUP)

It Was A Dark and Silly Night by Art Spiegelman (HarperCollins)

Kidnapped: A Graphic Novel in Full Colour by Robert Louis Stevenson (adapted by Alan Grant) (Barrington Stoke)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Bloomsbury)

The Curse of the Nightwolf by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Doubleday)

Clash of the Sky Galleons by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (Doubleday)

Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud (Corgi) BurnOut by Robert Swindells (Barrington Stoke)

How to Avoid a Wombat’s Bum by Mitchell Symons (Doubleday)

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (HarperCollins)

Deadline by John Townsend (Barrington Stoke)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Penguin)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Penguin)

Montmorency’s Revenge by Eleanor Updale (Scholastic)

The Web of Fire by Steve Voake (Faber)

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden (Bloomsbury)

Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson (Time Warner)

The Obsidian Dagger by Catherine Webb (Atom)

Storm Thief by Chris Wooding (Scholastic) (Buster Books)

S.T.O.R.M. by EL Young (Macmillan)

Talking Turkeys by Bejamin Zephaniah (Puffin)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Bodley Head)


By Alan Johnson*

Books arranged alphabetically by author Education.guardian.co.uk

Wednesday May 16, 2007

*A list of more than 160 books, from Frankenstein to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, has been published today in a bid to encourage teenage boys to read for pleasure.The education secretary, Alan Johnson, who yesterday launched his campaign for the Labour party’s deputy leadership, announced this morning that every state secondary school in England will be able to choose 20 of the titles in order to set up a dedicated “boys’ bookshelf” in the library.

The list, which was drawn up by librarians from the School Library Association, is dominated by high-octane adventure stories which it is expected will appeal to the 11-to-14 age group. It is during these years that boys who were enthusiastic readers at primary school tend to put down their books and forget to pick them up again.

A keen reader himself, Mr Johnson has high hopes for the £600,000 initiative. “We know there is a clear link between reading for pleasure and academic performance – not just in English, but across the whole curriculum,” he said. “Beyond this, of course, reading can enrich their lives by freeing their imagination, inspiring creativity and developing intellectual curiosity.”

Substantial research went into the selection of the books that made the final list. Classic swashbuckling tales such as H Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island are ranged alongside modern favourites from Philip Pullman, Philip Reeve and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Factual titles, from Mick O’Hare’s bestselling compendium of curious questions, Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?, to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, also make a strong showing.


Guardian Unlimited

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