Saturday, October 15, 2011

Action series for boys!

Finally, I'm taking time to write a blog feature I've had on my mind a good while. Action series for boys! There are so many series of books  for boys--and so entertaining and thrilling, page-turners all!

At school in the library where I tend the books, I am delighted each time I find a new series in a catalog or online. Usually, the boys have not yet become acquainted with them; sometimes, they tell me about a series. And, no, I'm not a sexist--I encourage girls to read them, too. So, in no particular order, are these series, the books therein, and a brief synopsis.

1. The Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. I must confess that, although I love all the others, this one probably sticks out in my memory best for its raw and very chilling adventure in the Canadian wilderness. Brian is almost 13 when his plane goes down--the pilot had a fatal heart attack in flight. During his miraculous attempt at flying and landing, the plane goes off course hundreds of miles. Brian is not rescued for many weeks and manages to survive with just his wits and a hatchet.

In chronological order

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These are my two girls from Ireland!

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Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)

  • *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Odd Women by George Gissing
  • The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
  • The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
  • In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  • *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  • Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
  • Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
  • Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
  • Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
  • Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
  • Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
  • *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
  • Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
  • *Ruined by Paula Morris
  • Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
  • Silence by Shusaku Endo
  • *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
  • *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
  • Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
  • *The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

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