These days, a great recent book for a boy can be hard to find, what with all the new offerings featuring girl power.

But boys are still out there, and many of them like to read. If you want to promote reading in your family, perhaps a list of good recent boy books is just what you are looking for.

What are boys looking for? As a mother of triplet boys, I think I can spot a good boy book. It has action, it keeps the plot moving, it contains some introspection, and the protagonist is a boy. I always choose books with a right-side-up moral universe.

Here are five for you to choose from for your favorite 8-to-14-year-old boy. Check out reviews from me, a veteran reviewer, editor, publisher, homeschooler and author:

An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi J. Wyatt

Wanted: a Superhero to Save the World by Bryan Davis

Iggy and Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom by JJ Johnson

Hunger Winter: A WWII Novel by Rob Currie

The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler, my award-winning book

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