Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. And let’s face it. Girls read. They read anything they can get their dainty hands on. They read history and science. They inhale romance, urban fantasy, and steampunk. I can remember reading encyclopedias for fun. The thicker the book- the better- for girls.

But what about boys? Teenage boys are unforgiving and stubborn readers. When they find an author or series they love, they devour the whole. Their reading mimics their eating habits- huge amounts of what they crave. When you have teenage males, you grab every opportunity to keep them reading. The problem is having boy reads available. What do they read after Percy Jackson?

So, having this problem myself I took the question to the all-knowing denizens of twitter. I have a boy, he needs books. What do I get? Authors, Editors, Producers, and Writers threw titles and authors onto the virtual book pile. Ecstatic, I copy/pasted until smoke came from my fingers. (Not actually but I went really, really, fast.)

Mothers of teenage sons, here’s a list with 10 of the most popular suggestions to help keep your summer calm and your son reading.

1. The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix

http://www.scholastic.com/titles/keys/index.htm

2. All of the DOCTOR WHO books, especially RESURRECTION CASKET or THE PIRATE LOOP

http://www.timelash.com/tardis/

3. Midnighters & Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/books/leviathan/

http://scottwesterfeld.com/midnighters/index.htm

4. Food, Girls & Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

http://www.allenzadoff.com/Allen_Zadoff_author_website/food,_girls.html

5. Deadline by Chris Crutcher

http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/Teachers/BookDetail.aspx?isbn13=9780060850890&BDMode=8

6. Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/the_hunger_games_69765.htm

http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/catching_fire_88086.htm

7. World Shaker by Richard Harland

http://www.richardharland.net/worldshaker/WS.index.htm

8. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

http://www.davidlubar.com/bpsfnl.html

9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

http://www.fallsapart.com/truediary.htm

10. The GONE series by Michael Grant

http://www.harperteen.com/author/microsite/books.aspx?authorid=33526

May your summer be filled with good books and happy families,

Julie Butcher