High-interest Easy-to-read Books for Boys Year 9 / Year 10

So you do not like to read yet? Surely there are good books you will enjoy in the library.

How to find a book for you with the library catalogue:

What are YOU interested in? Hunting? Skateboarding? Dating? Humorous or Scary? Extreme? Type one word in the library catalogue. Or try to type the words “reluctant” or “easy”.

Scroll the list of results to find a book that you may like, open the record details and read the Subjects, Notes and keywords to decide if you will like it. 

How to find a book for you in the shelves:

Find narrow books, or book published by Barrington Stoke.

Look for large fonts and short chapters.

Read the blurb on the back of the book. Open the book. Read one paragraph. If there are more than two words you do not read or know, then find an easier book.

Browse the Graphic Novels and Breezy reads (picture books area).

Or pick a book from the lists below or ask your librarian 🙂

When you have chosen, always record your book at the issue desk.

Good Books

Title Author Description Location
A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E. Malorie Blackman Elliot’s Mum is arrested for breaking into a giant pharmaceutical company… BLA
The Last Boy June Colbert When Ben emerges from his hiding place, he is the last person on Earth… COL
The wish list Eoin Colfer Meg dies perfectly balanced between good and evil… Can she save her soul? COL
Fifteen Love Robert Corbet Told from two perspectives, about daily life and a burgeoning relationship COR
Shelf Life Robert Corbet Short stories of people in charge of different supermarket aisles COR
A Good Keen Man Barry Crump NZ yarn CRU
Bruises: Boys don’t cry Archie Fusillo Hard hitting novel dealing with teen culture in schools FUS
Touch Me James Moloney Boy/girl relationship MOL
Trash Andy Mulligan Kids survive on a dump, until they find a purse… MUL
Holes Louis Sachar Stanley Yelnats is sent to a detention centre for a crime he did not commit… SAC
Milkweek Jerry Spinelli Street children innocently surviving the Holocaust. Poignant! SPI
To Die For Mark Svendsen A thrilling fishing story SVE
The Underdog Marcus Zusak ‘Boys are like dogs – ready to bite, bark, and beg to be given a chance to show their value.’ (Back cover) ZUC

Good Authors

Title Author Description Location
2Much4u, Boyznbikes Vince Ford Funny, real life stories FOR
Boy Overboard, Once… Morris Gleitzman Great easy to read war stories GLE
Burnt, Groosham Grange… Horowitz Quick reads – Horror, creepy stories HOR
Uncanny (and others) Paul Jennings Humour JEN
Hatchet, and sequels: the Return, the River… Gary Paulsen Brian, stranded alone in a crash in the wilderness, survives with just a hatchet… PAU
Rani & Sukh, Dream on Bali Rai Real life stories, of street kids, family, soccer… RAI

Good Series

Series Author Description Location
Cherub Robert Muchamore  Kids are trained to spy and survive in dangerous missions MUC
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins TV reality game, to death… COL
HIVE Higher Institute of Villainous Education Mark Walden Full of baddies, action and lashing of humour WAL
Animorphs K. A. Applegate Friends are given the power to morph… APP
My Story             Examples:
Blitz (CRO)
The Mine’s Afire (BAT)
Sitting on the Fence (NAG)
Various authors Based on true stories, a young person writes a diary of the time or event…  
Saga of Darren Shan Darren Shan Plenty of horror and macabre… SHA
World of Adventure Gary Paulsen Action-packed, danger, excitement in those Breezy reads PAU/B
Alex Rider Anthony Horowitz Perfect spy and action hero chasing all criminals and surviving the worst situations HOR
Tomorrow series John Marsden When Australian teenagers see the war coming… MAR

Good Knowledge books

Theme Examples Location
Personal Life issues Chicken soup for the teenage soul
A child called It
158.1
Relationship issues The courage to be strong 302.5
War stories The secret agent and other spy kids
War torn
355.1
Sport stories Legs on Everest 796.52
Hunting stories Deer were their lives 799.2
Biographies : real person’s lives Willie Apiata, the reluctant hero 92 API
History stories True stories of D-Day 940.54
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Audiobooks & Multimedia section

An audiobook is a reading of a book by the author or by an actor recorded on tape or CD.

MACLIC has a collection of 50 audiobooks which you can borrow, together with the book, if you wish to follow the text. Listening to an audiobook is a bit like being read aloud, it is easy and lively. It is great when you travel. If you struggle to read, audiobooks will help you greatly and will offer you the pleasure of discovering a story.

MACLIC also offers more than 20 selected or donated documentaries DVD and videos.

You will also find a few music CDs, mainly donated by Real Groove and NZ Symphonic Orchestra.

Have a look next to the library office. Ask the librarian for the CDs.

Click here for the list of all the section’s titles: https://maclic.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/audiobooks-multimedia.pdf

Your Favourite Books 2008

Here is the list of the most popular titles in MACLIC this year:

1- Best friends, by Jacqueline Wilson (borrowed 24 times ! )

2- The Third day, the frost, by John Marsden
Tongue-tied! by Paul JENNINGS (both borrowed 20 times)

3- Captain Underpants and the wrath of the wicked wedgie woman, by Dav Pilkey
The Dead of the night, by John MARSDEN (both borrowed 18 times)

4- Tomorrow, when the war began, by John Marsden (borrowed 17 times- and many of you have read it in class)

5- The Giggler treatment, by Roddy Doyle
Tough love, by Anne Cassidy (both borrowed 15 times)

6- Darkness, be my friend by John Marsden
Holes, by Louis Sachar (both borrowed 14 times)

7- 2much4u, by Vince Ford
Matilda, by Roald Dahl
Selby surfs, by Duncan Ball (all borrowed 13 times)

Girls really like Jacqueline Wilson’s books, they are easy, funny, real life stories about family and friendship and everyday problems. I’ve just bought Jacky Daydream, her autobiography (in the Knowledge area 92 WIL). http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/childrens/jacquelinewilson/home.htm

You all love the Tomorrow series, by John Marsden and I make sure the library has several copies of each of the 7 books of the serie: “Tomorrow, When The War Began”, “The Dead of the Night”, “The Third Day, The Frost”, “Darkness, Be My Friend”, “Burning For Revenge”, “The Night is for Hunting” and “The Other Side of Dawn”. Follows the lives of a group of Australian Teenagers as they struggle to respond to the surprise invasion and conquest of their country… Once you have finished the serie, you can follow the teenagers’ lives back in peace, in the Ellie Chronicles. http://www.johnmarsden.com.au/home.html

What the list of your favourite books also says is that you love funny books, so I’ll make sure the library gets more books of this genre.