I paid significant attention to updating the NONFICTION section of my "Books for Boys" page recently. Check it out.

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In these pages are fascinating facts here and there, vital information there and here, and several places where you can waste a lot of time! Isn't that what the internet is for, after all?


I'm particularly proud of my Books for Boys sections. (Shhh, they're not just for boys, but most people who don't think of themselves as readers because they don't know about these amazing books yet.) Check them out with the tabs on the left.


Here are a few notes on some of the recent projects I'm working on right now:


5) Teaching Young Adult Literature, World literature, American literature and Grammars of Englishat a local university. (You can bet that Andrew Smith, A.S. King, Jason Reynolds, Laurie Halse Anderson, M.T. Anderson, Alex London and the other favorites in the Boy Book of the Month section of this site are mentioned often and lovingly.)


4) A Young Adult novel about a somewhat introverted boy who meets a very extroverted girl who takes him on as a pet project and teaches him... well, lots of things.  It features nudity on the very first page.


3) A completely unrelated YA novel to the first one, where an introverted girl shares the story of her lifelong friendship with a fearless boy, the fun they had, the times they barely escaped trouble, and the sad secret she carries with her to this day.


2) Serving on the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) review committee and Nonfiction Honor List committee, to reward excellent books.


1) A Young Adult novel that defies easy description and typical novel rules: Seventeen-year-old Timothy has suffered losses in his life, and Marathon follows him, 26 miles, 26 chapters, as he attempts to complete his first marathon.  It takes place in the present as he runs, and in intermittent flashbacks.  Each memory is a piece of a puzzle to understanding himself and accepting the perfect imperfection of life.

        Many of Timothy’s recent recollections include track coach and mentor, Charlie Fraser, whose running lessons, Timothy realizes, are the lessons of life, and vice-versa.  Ultimately, he has to confront the messiness of family, friendship, love and death.  At the core, his budding but tenuous relationship with quirky classmate Jordan awakens him to the idea that he's not the only one who's suffered, and that there is a similar kind of communal suffering in running a marathon, the kind that heals.

Jim Nicosia recently presented with Laura Nicosia at the Clifton, NJ, Barnes & Noble on "Are There Boy Books and Girl Books?" You missed it, so you have to guess the answer for yourself. Or you can contact him here to have him present at your school, organization or bookstore.

Dr. Nicosia co-organized and once again emceed the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English conference, in March 2018 @ Montclair State University. His introduction of Jason Reynolds was called, by Mr. Reynolds himself, "hands down the best introduction" he ever received. He deserved it.

Contact Dr. Nicosia here for speaking and professional development engagements on children's literacy, young adult fiction, writing & more.

Are you a boy, or do you know one?  Check out my Books for Boys section.  It's something I feel strongly about...