5 Adventurous Books for Tween Dudes

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A couple of weeks ago my 11 year old came home and told me he wanted me to go to the library and check out every Gary Paulsen book I could find. Because Hatchet was THAT amazing.

I totally would have too. If we weren’t banned from the library for having flagrant fines.

But, it got me thinking about some of the awesome Dude flavored books I used to offer my boy students back when I was teaching. My first year as an 8th grade English teacher I was gifted with 36 wonderful students in my first period class. 30 of them were male. 28 of them hated to read.

I made it my goal to convert them to lovers of the written word. The fact that I can’t say I really accomplished this for the majority of them is neither here nor there (it’s not my fault they were more interested in checking out girls than they were in checking out books), because what I did learn is that there are some seriously good reads out there for the masculine-ish reader in your house.

Here is a good list to get you started.

hatchet

Book #1

Hatchet, Gary Paulsen. Plane crashes in the woods. One kid survives on his own. With his hatchet of course.

holes

Book #2

Holes, by Louis Sachar. Buried treasure, minus the pirates. Heck, minus even the water.

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bud

Book #3

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. Run away foster kid in search of his dad. Makes his new home with a band.

birmingham

Book #4

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis. Laugh out loud funny even if it is set in the civil rights era and entails a tragic historical event. My students (girls and boys alike loved this book).

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Book #5

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. Aliens attack. One hero and his siblings are destined to save the world. Epic stuff, this. And, my husband swears this is the book that made him a reader.

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5 Adventurous Books for Tween Dudes

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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2 comments

  1. Love these books, Amanda!

  2. SharonRowley says:

    Thanks for the book recommendations! I downloaded The Watsons Go to Birmingham tonight for my 11 and 12 year old sons!

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