Please welcome brilliant author and one of my good writing friends, Lehua Parker. Lehua is the author of the Pacific literature MG/YA series the Niuhi Shark Saga published by Jolly Fish Press. One Boy, No Water and One Shark, No Swim are available now. Book 3, One Fight, No Fist will be published in 2014. I LOVE THIS SERIES!! The characters are great, the premise intriguing and the writing so well done. If your boys or you are looking for something new to read, grab these books.
One Shark, No Swim just hits shelves and so I asked Lehua to give us a book list of her favorite books for boys. She is a voracious reader and really knows her stuff when it comes to books, so pay attention 😀 For a full summary of One Shark, No Swim go to the bottom of the post . . .
What?! Name only five books that I think are spectacularly fantastic for boys 8 – 14? Then I’m not naming some of the obvious ones like the Harry Potter Series, Huckleberry Finn, Hatchet, Watership Down, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the Chronicles of Narnia. Ditto on Lord of the Flies, Call of the Wild, Holes, or To Kill A Mockingbird. Too easy. Or even the lesser known, but still highly recommended Where the Red Fern Grows, Sounder, or Blue Skin of the Sea.
Like that list, great fiction for young men tends to sneak the veggies in under the steak while surreptitiously slipping the table scraps to the dog. Here are five books guaranteed to whet the appetite of the most reluctant reader.
Sam Gribley begins the adventure of a lifetime when he runs away from crowded New York City to live in the wild Catskill Mountains. Living off the land in a hollowed-out tree with a falcon and a weasel for company, Sam matches his wits against blizzards, hunters, fear, and loneliness. The scene with the liver? Unforgettable. Rough and tumble hunters and scouts will read this book under the covers with flashlights.
Boys that love things that go boo will devour Bod’s story of growing up in a graveyard. There’s the Indigo Man beneath the hill and an abandoned city of ghouls to explore, but it’s the land outside of the cemetery that’s most frightening. It’s a strange, magical tale perfect for fall nights.
12 year old Jonas’ life in a seemingly idyllic world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, or inequality begins to unravel when he is assigned to a man known only as the Giver. As Jonas trains for his life’s work as the new Receiver of Memories, he discovers just how much his society has given up in exchange for security and peace. Brain food for the deep thinker, this one will keep the boys talking around the dinner table long after supper’s over.
Before it was a family night movie, this book was a hilarious, riotous read unlike anything I’d seen before. As war looms, the Princess Buttercup is about to be forced into marrying Prince Humperdinck when she is kidnapped by the Dread Pirate Roberts—the very man responsible for the death of Wesley, her one true love. It’s a madcap swashbuckling screwball comedy of an adventure tale that tickles the funny bone of every kid who ever dreamed of being the hero.
Kids will probably have heard of this book because of the new movie, but the story all began with a book that turned many a boy’s head toward science fiction’s starry skies and future possibilities. Ender Wiggins is chosen for Battle School and the fate of the world is literally in his hands. Gamers will love getting into his head as he strategizes and fights his way through bullies and aliens to discover his biggest challenge is himself.
Well, Teri, those are some of my can’t-miss-fiction picks for young male readers. Now if you want to talk non-fiction, there’s The Dangerous Book for Boys, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Sharkopedia…
THANKS SO MUCH, LEHUA! A really great list. Here’s where you can find out more about Lehua and her great books:
Blog & Free Short Stories: http://www.lehuaparker.com/
All things Niuhi Shark Saga: http://www.niuhisharksaga.com/
One Shark, No Swim
There’s something bugging adopted Zader Westin, something more troubling than his water allergies where one drop on his skin burns like hot lava. It’s bigger than his new obsession with knives, designing the new murals for the pavilion with Mr. Halpert, or dealing with Char Siu’s Lauele Girlz scotch tape makeover. Zader can’t stop thinking about a dream, the dream that might not have been a dream where Lē‘ia called him brother then jumped into the ocean and turned into a shark.
Zader’s got a lot of questions, not the least being why he’s hungry all the time, restless at night, and why he feels a constant itch on the back of his neck. It’s making him feel like teri chicken on a pūpū platter, but Zader doesn’t want to think about chicken, not with his growing compulsion to slip it down his throat—raw.
With Jay busy at surf camp and Uncle Kahana pretending nothing’s happening, Zader’s left alone to figure things out, including why someone—something—is stalking him before it’s too late.
Summer in Lauele Town, Hawaii just got a little more interesting.