Okay, so while I only have girls, I don’t only read books for girls about girls. I like a good action adventure and science fiction as well. Though, I have to admit, that the whole gender disction in books is pretty lame. A boy can like Little House on the Prairie (as my husband found out, though he never read it as a boy) as well as girls liking Dragon Lance or Isaac Asimov. Things are the way they are, though.
Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
A great boys book. Good lessons on the value of life.
Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Eoin Colfer
Not very well written (Harry Potter’s written better, and that’s not saying a whole lot), but the world he has created is fantastic. That, and it’s interesting to be rooting for the “bad guy”.
The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer
From the cover and dust jacket description, I thought it would be kind of spooky-weird. But I was wrong. It’s about a boy – a drug lord’s clone, actually. In this future, clones are present, but considered beasts, a lower class than humans, and not to be touched, treated or accepted. The book follows the boys life from birth through age 14, and the adventures, trials and his… well, read it and find out. It’s a captivating book and the ending’s terrific.
Point Blank and Stormbreak, Anthony Horowitz
About a teenage “James Bond”esque, unwilling spy. The first book was super-cool: the “I just can’t believe this is happening!” type. The second was less so, and by the time the I read the third one, I had been there, seen that. A one-hit wonder series, but the first one is a lot of fun.
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
I never read this as a kid (again, it’s a “boy book”) but I sure had fun with it as an adult. It’s the classic pirate story; it’s a grand adventure!
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
I have to admit: I refused to read this as a girl because, well, it’s a “boy book”. When I did get around to reading it as an adult, I enjoyed the time I spent with this book thoroughly. It truly is a classic children’s story: adventure, mystery, greed, war, happy endings. What more can you ask for? (I’m going to try and encourage my girls to read this one… we’ll see how successful I am!)
The Darksword Trilogy, Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
One series I did read as a teenager… it’s okay, but not as good as I remembered it being.