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A Bookshelf for Boys

Alan Johnson, Britain’s education secretary, has launched a campaign to create a bookshelf for boys in every secondary school in England. The list has over 160 books from which to choose and each school is allotted 20. The list was compiled by the School Library Association and are primarily adventure books that the group hopes to appeal to the 11 to 14 year olds. The full list can be viewed here and include such titles as:

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
  • Samurai by Jason Hightman (HarperCollins)
  • The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis (Hodder)
  • Avenger by Andy McNab (Corgi)
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Corgi)

Isn’t Coraline about a girl?

Via the Guardian

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. May
    May 21, 2007 @ 13:27:23

    Coraline is about a girl, and it’s definitely not a book I’d make my younger brother read. Rather odd.

  2. Lori
    May 21, 2007 @ 15:24:23

    If they are trying to get boys that age to read, where are the HP books (I looked twice – did I miss them?), and where are the Pendragon books? My 12 yo son is all over those.

  3. bam
    May 23, 2007 @ 15:37:34

    Coraline IS about a girl, but boys love Neil Gaiman. And though it’s a little weird, I think it’s one of his more accessible works. Good Omens and American Gods might be a little too grown-up.

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