This is a fantastic, comprehensive list of short novels that would appeal to boys in Middle School. As as added bonus, most are a part of a series to encourage further reading. The topics and genres are varied but they are all safe bets for sparking and keeping a love of reading.
This article deals with the 'why' (why are boys typically not reading as much as girls at these age levels) and the 'what' (practical strategies and ideas for addressing and coping with this issue). This is a quick read that offers a lot of insight into the issues. Understanding why this is happening is crucial to solving the problem.
Ready to try a lesson designed to get your male students interested in a novel? This plan does just that (it would work well for your female students as well)! This plan includes a series of lessons focused on courage in a specific novel. It is offered through the readwritethink site. This is a practical application of the ideas for young male readers.
This article from The Guardian is full of ideas from teachers on the subject of getting boys to read more. It's to-the-point and includes topics/ideas such as likening it to sports training and finding non-fiction books about sports or cars for example. Excellent points are made!
Check out this helpful video hosted by the US National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It explores the topic of using comics and graphic novels to appeal to the young male reader. I have had success with using this method in the past; it is truly an excellent strategy. The short video includes interviews, tips and insights that are extremely valuable.
I love this guide and have used the information myself when struggling to get certain boys in my classes to be more passionate about reading. There's tons of information on topics such as role models, learning styles and assessment tools. A must-read for any middle years teacher.