Lee Bacon. Joshua Dread. (Delacorte, 2012)
It’s a dangerous world, full of super villains terrorizing the world. Middle schooler Joshua Dread would take
comfort in the fact that there are super heroes too, like Captain Justice, if his parents weren’t making him
dinner, helping him with his homework, and terrorizing the world.

Bob Balaban. The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast? (Viking 2012)
“Suddenly I can feel my teeth getting longer and sharper. My neck grows longer, too. And skinnier. I stare,
transfixed, at my fingers as each of my hands morphs into a claw with three sharp talons. My toenails
burst through my sneakers. I cross my legs and try tp hide my lower extremities under my desk. It’s my
nightmare come true: I, Charles Elmer Drinkwater, am turning into the Creature from the Black Lagoon.”

Nancy Butts. The Door In the Lake. (Front Street, 1997)
It's a classic sci-fi set up: Joey wakes up in the hospital and can't understand why everyone looks so old.
They can't understand how he could have been missing for years and hasn't aged a day. The only thing
more frightening than not knowing what happened at the lake those years ago is finding out the truth.

Orson Scott Card. "Ender" (Series):
Ender's Game. (Tor, 1994)
Speaker for the Dead. (Tor, 1994)
Xenocide. (Tor, 1996)
Children of the Mind. (Tor, 2002)
Ender in Exile. (Tor, 2009)

Eoin Colfer. “Artemis Fowl” (Series):
Artemis Fowl. (Miramax, 2001)
The Arctic Incident. (Miramax, 2002)
The Eternity Code. (Miramax, 2003)
The Opal Deception. (Miramax, 2005)
The Lost Colony. (Miramax, 2006)
The Time Paradox. (Hyperion Books for Children, 2008)

Jeanne DuPrau. “The Books of Ember” (Series):
The City of Ember. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2003)
The People of Sparks. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004)
The Prophet of Yonwood. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2006)
The Diamond of Darkhold. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2008)

Will Hobbs. Go Big or Go Home. (HarperCollins, 2008)

Lois Lowry. The Giver. (Laurel Leaf, 2002)

Barry Lyga. "Archvillain" (Series)
Archvillain. (Scholastic, 2010)
The Mad Mask. (Scholastic, 2012)
Hero stories are usually told from the point of view of, well, the hero. But what if you were looking over the
shoulder of “the bad guy”? Barry Lyga gives us a very funny superhero story for all those who thought Lex
Luther was just misunderstood.

James Patterson. "Maximum Ride" (Series)  
The Angel Experiment. (Little, Brown, 2005)
School’s Out – Forever. (Warner, 2006)
Saving the World, and Other Extreme Sports. (Little, Brown, 2007)
The Final Warning. (Little, Brown, 2008)
Max. (Little, Brown, 2009)   
Fang. (Little, Brown, 2010)
The stakes rise for Maximum Ride when her relationship with Fang heats up. The more she has, the more
she has to lose. Max's whole flock is faced with the hard choices, and one will make a choice that breaks
the flock up for good.

James Patterson and NaRae Lee. Maxium Ride: The Manga. (Yen Press, 2009)
Maximum Ride might be the perfect book for adaptation to Manga. All the action, the visual splendor, the
wonder of kids on the wing, it all pops right off the page. This very quick read is the perfect intro to the
series for struggling readers and a fantastic addition to the series for those who already know and love

Clete Barrett Smith. Aliens on Vacation. (Disney, 2011)
What to read after Bruce Coville's Aliens Ate My Homework.

Doug TenNapel. Bad Island. (Graphix, 2011)
A sci-fi riff on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island? In comic book form? By Doug TenNapel? With flying
robots? That's just not fair.
Books For Boys
Suggestions by Michael Sullivan

Middle School Boys: Science Fiction
The Web Home of Michael Sullivan
teacher, librarian, chess instructor, author, storyteller, expert on boys and reading.


Jason Fry. Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra. (Harper, 2014)
Tycho and his family live on the edge. Between pirate and privateer, between legal and outlaw, between
civilization and the vast emptiness. But his ship is a starship, and it sails the edges of space, not an
ocean. There are frontiers and horizons beyond those on Earth.

Matthew J. Kirby. The Lost Kingdom. (Scholastic, 2013)
A nation has its stories, its rumors, its folklore, even a nation as young as America. But where do these
stories come from? They are based on something. One intrepid group of explorers at the birth of America
head into the great frontier to find the truth of them all. Okay, they aren't going into the frontier so much as
above it.

Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young. Fortunately, the Milk. (Harper, 2013)
Neil Gaiman paid tribute to Rudyard Kipling in gothic horror fashion in The Graveyard Book. Now he
honors Roald Dahl with a hilarious sci-fi romp in
Forunately, the Milk. What did we ever do to deserve this
Go To:        Books for Boys        Mike's Books        Coming Appearances        Book a Program        Mike's Resume        Mike in the
News        Poetry        Email Mike        Home