Books For Boys Nonfiction

Boys, These Books Are for You!

This booklist was last updated on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

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Search for Vile Things, Vol. 1

Jane Hammerslough

Find it on our shelves: J001.94 H

Inquisitive narrator, Ephemra Churlyshe, explores the world of exotic and fascinating "curiosities," including flowers that smell like rotting meat and sea slugs that vomit on their prey. This is not for someone with a weak stomach.

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Scholastic Book of Lists 2

James Buckley

Find it on our shelves: J 031.02 B

More than 250 new, fun, and fact-filled lists packed into the covers of this book…

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Children's Miscellany: Useless Information that's Essential to Know

Matthew Morgan

Find it on our shelves: J 031.02 M

Curious about how to beat an alligator in a fight, or how to speak in secret code, or which insects are edible? Then this is the book for you!

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Brian Floca

Find it on our shelves: J 387.28 F

Once, lightships anchored on waters across America, on the oceans, and in the Great Lakes, floating where lighthouses could not be built. Smaller than most ships, but more steadfast, too, they held their spots, through calm and storm, to guide sailors toward safe waters.

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Cinderella Skeleton

Robert D. San Souci

Find it on our shelves: J 398.2 S

A hilarious fractured fairy tale about the traditional Cinderella story, but set in a graveyard with a cast of skeleton characters.

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Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World

George Shannon

Find it on our shelves: J 398.2 S

Each of these 14 folktales is a short puzzle to be solved through cleverness, common sense or careful observation. Have fun and good luck!

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Alvin Schwartz

Find it on our shelves: J 398.25 S

There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh, who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

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Imagine You’re a Wizard!

Meg Clibbon

Find it on our shelves: J 398.45 C

Did you know that some wizards are young and good-looking, while others are old with long beards? Or that all wizards are clever and bossy and love showing off? You will find many answers in this book for budding young wizards.

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Sports Science

Shar Levine

Find it on our shelves: J 507.8 L

Uncover the principles that underlie everything that is baseball, basketball, biking, skiing, surfing, and swimming.

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Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator

Sarah C. Campbell

Find it on our shelves: J 594.38 C

Big, strong, and fast (for a snail), the wolfsnail has a taste for meat. In some areas, it is called the cannibal snail. It has earned the name.

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Hairy Tarantulas

Joelle Riley

Find it on our shelves: J 595.44 R

Read about these fascinating creatures, if you dare!

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Wolves Are Back

Jean Craighead George

Find it on our shelves: J 599.773 G

Wolves have been persecuted in the United States and have nearly become extinct. Since then they have gradually been reintroduced and are now thriving again.

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Cool Stuff and How It Works

Chris Woodford, editor

Find it on our shelves: J 600 C

From microchips and iPods to robots in the human bloodstream, this book will take you on an eye-opening journey through the world of modern technology.

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The Truth About Poop

Susan E. Goodman

Find it on our shelves: J 612.36 G

Take a look at life before toilet paper and modern toilets; try some poop games, and see how poop was used in warfare.

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John Madden's Heroes of Football: the Story of America's Game

John Madden

Find it on our shelves: J 796.332 M

From its beginnings as an Ivy League-college pastime in the 19th century to one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States, this book shows the development of the game and identifies key players and teams.

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B is for Baseball: Running the Bases from A to Z

Lisa McGuinness, editor

Find it on our shelves: J 796.357 B

From the number of stitches on a baseball, to the longest game on record, to the three historic players who are known to have been the perfect infield combination, you will find it all here waiting for you!

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Harry Houdini for Kids: His Life and Adventures with 21 Magic Tricks and Illusions

Laurie M. Carlson

Find it on our shelves: JB HOUDINI C

Learn how Houdini devised his most legendary stunts along with the science and logic behind many of his tricks.