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Anyone have favorites to recommend? I'm looking to submerge myself in a teen boy voice, and since I don't have a wide source of English material to browse, I'm depending on suggestions of others. I'm working on a contemporary book (with fantasy overtones and a male MC) and that's one thing I feel like I need to study a bit more. Ideas?
#1 - October 26, 2007, 09:37 AM

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I love David Lubar, especially Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie...and Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.   Just about anything by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Paul Curtis... Oh, and Tyrell by Coe Booth -- great voice!  A lot of age range in these recommendations, though...
#2 - October 26, 2007, 09:49 AM

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KING DORK has a very authentic teen voice.  Also LOOKING FOR ALASKA.   BURGER WUSS.
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America - ER Frank
Monster - Meyers
Tyrell -  Coe Booth
Acceleration - Graham McNamee
Shattering Glass - Gail Giles
Tom Finder Martine Leavitt


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#4 - October 26, 2007, 09:59 AM
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TWISTED, Laurie Halse Andesron
YOU DON'T KNOW ME, David Klass
KNIGHTS OF THE HILL COUNTRY, Tim Tharp
FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, KL Going
GODLESS, Pete Hautman

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#5 - October 26, 2007, 10:57 AM

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These are great--keep 'em coming!
#6 - October 26, 2007, 12:50 PM

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Anything by Chris Crutcher.
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BE MORE CHILL by Ned Vizzini
#8 - October 26, 2007, 12:51 PM
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Great suggestions, so far! I'll add the blue board's own D.L. Garfinkle and her YA novel STORKY.

:) Natalie
#9 - October 26, 2007, 01:54 PM
FLYING THE DRAGON (Charlesbridge, 2012)
A LONG PITCH HOME (Charlesbridge, 2016)

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MT Anderson's FEED and THIRSTY (I especially love FEED)
Jay Asher's 13 REASONS




#10 - October 26, 2007, 03:39 PM

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After Summer and 48 Shades of Brown (Nick Earls)
The New Rules of High School and Rock Star Superstar (Blake Nelson)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
Blood Brothers (S.A. Harazin)
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (Sonya Sones)
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (Barry Lyga)
Nailed (Patrick Jones)
Boy Meets Boy (David Levithan)
Target (Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson)
Sexy (Joyce Carol Oates)
Stuck in Neutral (Terry Trueman)
#11 - October 26, 2007, 04:49 PM
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I second TWISTED, GODLESS, FEED, and SEXY.

#12 - October 26, 2007, 04:51 PM

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Lots of great suggestions already ...
Let me add Randy Powell's books.
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#13 - October 26, 2007, 10:34 PM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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It's been several years, but as I recall, Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne has a STRONG voice.  It's a hideously filthy book, but also hilarious in a squirmy, painful way.  It's shelved in my library as YA, though much of it would make a sailor blush.  Not for the squeamish. 
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#14 - October 26, 2007, 10:55 PM

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I second the Crutcher and also Robert Cormier.

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#15 - October 27, 2007, 05:45 AM

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Saint Iggy      Fat Kid Rules the World -- K.L Going
Getting the Girl  -- Marcus Zusak
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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Headlock by Joyce Sweeney
Players by Joyce Sweeney
Breathing Underwater by Alexandra Flinn
Nothing to Lose by Alexandra Flinn
The Alex Ryder Series by Anthony Horowitz
Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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#17 - October 27, 2007, 04:38 PM

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Double ditto -- K.L Going, Chris Crutcher, Storky, and Twisted are absolute musts!
#18 - October 28, 2007, 01:21 PM

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INEXCUSABLE by Chris Lynch.
#19 - October 28, 2007, 04:49 PM

RIVER SECRETS by Shannon Hale.

#20 - October 29, 2007, 04:01 AM
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Crossings (2017, Cedar Fort)

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I have to mention my own books here, because it's a good fit. The main character of the Erec Rex series (Erec!) has to rely on his own wits and gumption to get himself out of dangerous situations. He learns the hard way that doing what's right is not always easy, but he stands up for what he believes in the end.

Someone mentioned Jordan Sonnenblick. Another of his which was great is Notes from the Midnight Driver. It made me cry on an airplane once - embarassing but totally worth it!

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#21 - November 05, 2007, 12:26 PM

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My little guy and I are reading Erec Rex together. So far we love it. Great boy voice.
#22 - November 05, 2007, 04:41 PM

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Thanks for all the recommendations! I should probably mention that it's YA.
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