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Reading great books can put boys in the fast lane to success !

  When boys don't read enough, they can get left behind in life. Since 2003, has been helping boys to succeed by providing them with books that they like to read. Boys like the books on our website because they have story lines that appeal to them, and are written in a boy-friendly style. The encouraging emails we receive from the parents, grandparents and other relatives of boys tell us we are making a difference. So, if you're looking for some books that your son, grandson or nephew will actually read and enjoy, give a try.



Ages 5-9

Knights of the Kitchen Table: The Time Warp Trio, by Jon Scieszka. 64 pages. Ages 7-9. Joe and his two friends discover the power of a magician’s book, and find themselves transported back in time to the reign of King Arthur during the medieval ages in England! Zany and comedic adventures ensue. The time warp trio of friends must use their wits to avoid the charging lance of the black knight, being turned into newts by evil sorcerers and more. The boys’ success causes the good Sir Lancelot to embrace them as heroes, and their wacky adventures continue. Easy and funny dialogue makes this a laugh out loud read for boys that like comedy and silly mayhem.

Pirates, Raiders of the High Seas! By Christopher Maynard. 48 pages. Ages 7-9. WOW ! That was our reaction to this book. This is a great way to introduce boys to some of the legendary pirates, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, and their exploits throughout history. There are brief and captivating stories on each of the pirates, narrated in such a way as to invite the reader right into the swashbuckling adventures themselves! The author deftly combines a sense of historical education with the storytelling, and produces an outstanding depiction of these pirates and their lives, starting with the pirate capture of the great Roman general, Julius Caesar. The colorful and vibrant illustrations and photos truly bring these stories to life.

First Flight by George Shea. Ages 7-9. 48 pages. This book tells the story of the Wright brothers first engine powered flights into history, including young Tom Tate who volunteered to try out the prototype glider when there wasn’t enough airlift to get a grown man up in the air! Young boys will be educated and engrossed by these daring early flights. They’ll identify with the adventurous spirit of Tom Tate as well. Colorful illustrations will put boys right into this history making adventure.

Ages 9-12

The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford. 140 pages. Ages 9-12. This is the timeless and beloved story of three pets that embark on a 300 mile journey across the dangerous Canadian wilderness, so they can be re-united with the family that owns them. Tao is the cunning and protective Siamese cat. Bodger is the aging and proud English bulldog. Luath is their leader, a Labrador retriever that is headstrong but young and inexperienced. They are being temporarily cared for while the family they grew up with has gone on an eight month professional sabbatical. One day, due to a series of mishaps, the three pets believe they have been abandoned, and start their incredible journey to be re-united with their beloved family. These three special animals will endear themselves to boys, as they desperately try to survive the dangers of the wilderness. The three pets must depend on each other to endure bear attacks, freezing winter nights, wild dog attacks, crossing turbulent and icy rivers, starvation and more. The author imbues each of them with a special and distinctive personality, and describes their incredible journey in amazing fashion. This is a heartwarming, can’t-put-down story for boys who love pets and adventure.

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. 195 pages. Ages 9-12 This is one of the more popular books for boys. An engrossing story, that appeals to boys' sense of adventure. Thirteen year old Brian Robeson must survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, until he can find help. The pilot of the two seater plane taking him to see his Dad dies of a heart attack. Brian manages to crash land the plane. Equipped with a hatchet that his mom gave him, Brian uses his wits to survive. The descriptions of the wilderness, and Brian's adventures, are vivid and well told.

Great American Warriors, by Sal Tomasi. Ages 9-12. 97 pgs. Boys can now meet some of the real Supermen from American History:
Army Rangers to the Rescue: They were the untested leaders of a dangerous rescue mission inside enemy territory, desperately trying to save five hundred American prisoners from being slaughtered.
Raiders of the Invincible Empire: These men lifted an entire country off its knees and restored America's courage, after the sneak attack on the USA at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The Defiant Sea Captain: His ship was on fire and sinking. Much of his crew had been killed or wounded. The British naval captain demanded that he surrender. The American sea captain roared back his defiant reply: "I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!"
The Rebel General: His leadership is why the United States exists today, and his actions set the example for future American leaders.
These amazing short stories grab a boy's attention from the first sentence. They provide instant gratification for boys that are quickly bored. These educational stories can also be useful material for book reports on American History.
After boys experience the heroic actions of these Great American Warriors, they may ask themselves: Did these men really do these things? The answer is yes. This book is available in Kindle format on Amazon for $3.99.
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Frindle, by Andrew Clements. Comedy. 112 pages. Ages 9-12. Nick Allen is a 5th grader who is a bit independent, and a bit of a trouble-maker. After learning from his teacher about the origins of words, Nick decides that pens will be renamed Frindles. The use of the word Frindle spreads quickly through the student body, and sets off a string of comedic events. Nick and the students refuse to stop using the word, resulting in principal visits, newspaper publicity, advertising offers, etc. As Nick becomes a local hero, his teacher and principal get tied up in knots, trying to figure out what to do. In the end, the word Frindle is adopted in the dictionary, and his teacher acknowledges the importance of what Nick has done.

AGES 10-14

The Boys From Brooklyn: The Great Robbery. Salvatore Tomasi. 148 pages. Ages 10-14. Boys won't be able to put down this entertaining story of eight boys getting themselves into all sorts of predicaments. It's the summer of 1974. Nicky and his friends are typical young teenage boys growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. The summertime living is easy and filled with fun, laughs and drama: Stickball. Johnny on the Pony. The fireworks. Terror in the train yard. Fights. Yes, the summertime living is easy until Tommy dares the boys to do something risky. Something that can screw them up for the rest of their lives. Themes such as friendship, competing, father-son relations, mom's guiding hand, ratting on your friends, and "doing the right thing" unfold in a real life and boy-friendly style. Boys will connect with Nicky, Frankie, Abe, Rob, Tommy, Zach, Victor and Jimmy. They might even learn an important lesson about peer pressure, but don't tell him! This book is available in Kindle format on Amazon for $3.99.
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Branded Outlaw, by L. Ron Hubbard. 114 pages. Ages 12 and up. This is an action filled, fast paced western tale of a gunslinger named Lee Weston, trying to bring his father’s killer to justice. Lee receives his father’s desperate letter, pleading for help against the local bad guy named Dodge. When Lee arrives at his father’s ranch, he finds him dead, and immediately starts hunting down the suspected killer. Lee approaches the sheriff, trying to find out where Dodge is. The sheriff isn’t much help, and as Lee gallops off, the shooting starts. Lee barely survives, and is quickly branded an outlaw by the town people, led by Dodge. He hides out, and is nursed back to health by a beautiful and mysterious woman. After Lee regains his strength, he again starts the hunt for Dodge, but starts to suspect he may be looking for the wrong man! Lee is ambushed and manages to survive again. With the help of the sheriff, he sets a trap for the real killers, leading to a rip-roaring shoot-‘em-up ending that will leave boys breathless. This is a great story for boys that like lots of action and a strong male character.

Holes, by Luis Sachar. Adventure / Drama. 230 pages. Ages 10-14. This is a school classic that boys actually like to read! An original and captivating story about a young teenager named Stanley who is sent to juvenile detention camp for a theft he did not commit. At the detention camp he meets other so called juvenile delinquents named Zero, Magnet and Armpit. They are forced to mindlessly dig holes in the desert. The book is more intriguing and multi-layered than most. There are several engrossing storylines told in the present and a previous time that climax in a very satisfying ending. Your son will be drawn into Stanley’s new world, his ancestors, his new juvenile delinquent friends, as well as his corrupt captors and their hidden agenda. The author skillfully combines adventure, mystery and suspense to produce an entertaining and thought-provoking story that your son will enjoy, and not soon forget.

Under the Black Ensign, by L. Ron Hubbard. 108 pages. Ages 12 and up. This is a swashbuckling, action filled pirate tale set in 1680. Tom Bristol's naval career aspirations are brought to a crashing end when he is forced into slave labor aboard the British warship, HMS Terror. Rebelling against the authoritarian rule of the ship's cruel Admiral, Tom refuses an order, and will face one hundred lashes. Just as his punishment is being meted out, the British ship is attacked by pirates, and Tom escapes and joins the pirate crew. Tom once again finds himself in peril. He kills a pirate planning a mutiny, while defending an odd looking stowaway. The pirate leader punishes Tom by marooning him on a desert island, with only three days of food and water. Tom vows to not only survive, but to seek out his enemies and serve his brand of justice on them. This is a fantastic story for boys that like sea faring adventures and pirate stories. In stock. This book comes with a free, professionally produced, multicast Audio CD! Boys become engrossed by reading the book while listening to the story being told in dramatic fashion, complete with cinema quality sound effects.

Ages 14 and up

Heart of a Champion, by Carl Deuker. 208 pages. Ages 14 and up. Boys who play baseball will be mesmerized by this book. This is an unusually intense story. Real life, compelling teenage themes: Competing, drinking, friendships, loss, family. This is the story of two teenage boys, and how their experiences change each one of them forever. Seth first meets Jimmy in a park, watching Jimmy's father put him through one difficult baseball drill after another. Jimmy's competitive spirit to play baseball rubs off on Seth, who also becomes a good ball player. Both boys struggle desperately with their inner demons. Great baseball descriptions, compelling, intense character development, important real life teenage issues. This is a bittersweet, hard to put down, and impactful story.
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