The list author says: "It sometimes feels impossible to get boys to read. While sports magazines and graphic novels are great, they can't replace holding a book in your hands. If you have an adventurous boy who can't seem to sit still long enough to get through a novel, try some of these nonfiction options.
I have also included 'grown up' versions of these books so parents can read about the same topics."
"FOR BOYS: I cringed when I read this book but was also fascinated by the science presented here. And what 10-year-old boy wouldn't love to read about a railroad spike being blown through someone's brain?"
"FOR BOYS: This was a fascinating historical mystery. Did they make it to the top? Will we ever know for sure? What really happened that day on Mt. Everest? Make sure to have a blanket a cup of coco with you when you read this one."
"FOR PARENTS: I know--cheating again! While this is a memoir rather than a history of mountaineering, I think it has a similar mysterious element to is as Ghosts of Everest. Because of altitude sickness and the strange things it does to your brain, no one really knows what lead to these Everest deaths either."
"FOR BOYS: Personally, I don't think kids are exposed to enough modern history, and this book is a great introduction to the Vietnam War. The best part is that it is not anti-war nor pro-war--it's just facts."
"FOR BOYS and FOR PARENTS: You could say this is the field guide to being a boy. In fact, every mother should read this book just so she understands what boys want to know. And this one is not cheating--there is a history section."