Today I have the wonderful Nikki Sheehan on my blog as we talk about some of our favourite books with the word boy in the title! Are any of these your favourites? Haven't read them yet? Defiantly give them a go as all these books are wonderful and recommend your favourite books with the word boy in the title!
Nikki Sheehan is a former convent school girl who studied linguistics at university before becoming a subtitler on the Simpsons and then a journalist.
Nikki now lives in Brighton with her husband and three children, and works as a journalist, author, and a story facilitator for the Brighton branch of the Ministry of Stories. She loves dogs, adores reading, and is never happier than when she is talking to kids about stories.
Let’s Hear it for the Boys!
How many books can you name with the word Girl in the title? 10? 20? More?
Now try the same thing with Boy. Go on! It won’t work if you don’t play along.
Not so many, eh? So, we got to thinking about this after we read that US book review site booklistreader.com had totted up the number of books on their list with the word Girl in the title. Over the last ten years they have reviewed 550. While they found only 138 with the male equivalent.
The reasons behind this are much too tiresome to go over here, and frankly there’s been quite enough arguing about female bias this year already, so instead we’ve each come up with our top five books with Boy in the title.
So, let’s hear it for our top 10 Boys!
1. Feather Boy by Nicky Singer - this classic was brought home by my daughter from primary school and it became the book that made me want to write.
2. Boy in The Tower by Polly Ho-Yen - we authors do like to put our boys through some awfulness, don’t we? But Polly Ho-Yen takes the crown by stranding hers in a London tower block surrounded by Triffid-like plants. Class.
3. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne - Nazis - even worse than Triffids. A book that shatters your heart.
4. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin - dark, daring and disturbing, all the things I love.
5. Boy by Roald Dahl - a book about the childhood that influenced the books that influenced all of our childhoods. If you follow me. And it’s Roald Dahl - do I seriously have to say more???
1. Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan - A book with a very important message and a must read for all! A book that had me wrapped up from the beginning all the way to the end and I loved every second.
2. Boy Book by E. Lockhart - A fast-paced funny book that had me laughing out loud throughout of it.
3. Beetle Boy by M.G. Lenard - Start of a fantastic trilogy. I loved the beetle facts she had throughout this book and it made it more interesting!
4. The Boy Most Likely Too by Huntley Fitzpatrick - The cutest contemporary that I just loved and devoured.
5. The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster - So special and beautifully written, a book that will make you remember not to take things for granted.
When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can't leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny's growing power soon puts him in a very special place.
A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.