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Article in Juvenile Fiction and Adventure.

These are books with Boy Appeal!

Books for Younger Guys

Science whiz Phineas is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning.
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver finally shows his overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help.
From the Time Warp Trio series.

Books for Older Guys

Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.
Raccoons Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts, which is a big responsibility since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these Scouts.
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
When their team reaches the championship level, two cousins try to defeat their rivals.
On his first day in his new home, Stuart is swept up in an adventure to find his great-uncle Tony--a famous magician who disappeared--and Tony's long-lost workshop.
The great wizard Flaxfield dies, leaving his apprentice Sam half-trained. Not knowing whom to trust, Sam leaves with only his dragon, Starback, for company, unaware of the perils he must face.
A family of space privateers becomes embroiled in a solar system-wide conspiracy.
When two brothers run away from an aunt who wants to separate them, they are protected by Venice's Thief Lord.
On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi fend off strange assassins.
When an adventurous sister and brother are orphaned, they embark on a wild road trip to New York to search for their drug-dealing uncle.
Befriending a very strange new student helps outsider Woodrow stand up to the class bullies.
When two brothers in a family of superheroes receive disappointing abilities, they must find other ways to be heroic when a school rival tries to bring down their family.
Archie learns that he is King Arthur brought back to life in the 21st century, and the fate of the universe rests in his hands.
After the death of his father, Moon leaves their forest home and enters the real world he's never known before.
Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that must be returned to Atlantis to save themselves from certain death.
Small but fast Will, an avid football player in a down-and-out town, takes matters into his own hands to finance the city's football team, giving the whole community hope in the process.
When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the magical forest inhabitants.
Matt, a cabin boy on an airship, teams up with the wealthy Kate to search for mysterious winged creatures hundreds of feet above Earth's surface.
Meet Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, and his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-lb. polar bear.
Following clues left by their missing father, twins Bickford and Rebecca sail from the Caribbean to New York City to finish the quest of their famous treasure-hunting parents.
  • J Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet and the Brian books.
Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his reclusive neighbor who seems to be hiding many mysterious secrets.
When his brothers set out to find who has been sending skimmers to prey on their village, Rye knows that he must follow them through the magic doors.
Eggbert, a planter's son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain, but he’s not sure why.
Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and to negotiate conflicts.
  • J Sachar, Lois. Holes by Lois Sachar.
Four kids are caught up in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla.
Lemony Snicket begins his detective apprenticeship in a tiny town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a strange statue.
Moving into an apartment when his father loses his job, Georges befriends Safer, a 12-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy, who recruits Georges into the world of espionage.
Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!