Is there a difference between books for boys and girls? Or are books just books?
Heaps has been written about this.
Here's a list of popular "books for boys" on goodreads: check it out below, click on the link.
Here's a comprehensive list of 140 YA (young adult) books compiled by The Readventurer
And a recommendation- Matthew Reilly books- particulalry Hovercar racer and The Scarecrow series