In the World of Books: 25 Boys Who Stand Out For Kellee


When Carrie Gelson shared her post about the 25 girls and 25 boys who stood out to her in young adult and middle grade literature and asked us to join in by writing our own, Ricki and I knew we had to. We read hundreds of books each year, but there are certain characters that stay in your heart year after year. Last week I highlighted the 25 girls who stand out for me, and today I will highlight the boys. Just as with the girls, I had a much longer list than 25 (56 originally to be exact), so narrowing it down to 25 was so difficult; however, I am very proud of the 25 young men who I did choose. They are a special bunch who I hope have affected you as much as they’ve affected me, or you feel inclined to read their book because of this list.

25 Boys Collage
**Click on any book title below to see my review or the Goodreads summary of the book**

  1. Matt Cruse from Airborn (Series: Matt Cruse) by Kenneth Oppel
  2. Aristotle and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  3. Nate Foster from Better Nate Than Ever (Series: Better Nate Than Ever) by Tim Federle
  4. Tater Henry from Call Me By My Name by John Ed Bradley
  5. Patson from Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
  6. Nick from Everlost (Series: Skinjacker) by Neal Shusterman
  7. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. Albert and Travis from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  9. Cole (Coltrane) from Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri
  10. Jonas from The Giver (Series: Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry
  11. Ben from Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
  12. Zenji from Hunt for the Bamboo Rat (Series: Prisoners of the Empire) by Graham Salisbury
  13. Luis and Sam from Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott
  14. Todd Hewitt from The Knife of Never Letting Go (Series: Chaos Walking) by Patrick Ness
  15. Josh from Living with Jackie Chan (Series: Jumping Off Swings) by Jo Knowles
  16. Logan Bruno from Logan Likes Mary Anne! (Series: The Baby-Sitters Club) by Ann M. Martin
  17. Jack from Love that Dog (Series: Jack) by Sharon Creech
  18. Mal from Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! (Series: Mal and Chad) by Stephen McCranie
  19. Arn Chorn-Pond from Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  20. Rafe from Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
  21. Matt and Curtis from Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
  22. Navin from The Stonekeeper (Series: Amulet) by Kazu Kibuishi
  23. Alex Rider from Stormbreaker (Series: Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz
  24. Luc from Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  25. Ali and Needles from When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Who makes it on your list?


Check out Ricki’s list of 25 girls that stand out for her.

Check out Ricki’s list of 25 boys that stand out for her. 

8 thoughts on “In the World of Books: 25 Boys Who Stand Out For Kellee”

  1. This is a terrific list. I’ve only read 2 of these books: Fish In a Tree and The Giver. I’ve put a lot of these on my GoodReads To Read list and I think I’ll never have to worry about running out of good books to read. Thanks for this awesome post!


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