I've already told you about Kenneth Oppel (This Dark Endeaver, Airborne), and I've already told you about P.W. Catanese and the Happenstance Found series. And do you remember the Phillip Reeve series I told you about? Fever Crumb? The sequel is out (my copy hasn't come in from the library yet), but I loved, loved the first one. And it is serious, jammed-packed, boy-style adventure. I know I've told you about Jonathan Stroud and Bartimaeus, but I will tell you again. I will even get you a picture of the prequel, his newest part of the series (awesome!).
I also love his viking tale, Heroes of the Valley:
If the guy in your life likes history, I read the most incredible book:
Truce: the day the fighting stopped by Jim Murphy. The most amazing story, and such a great, easy read.
Also, if you have a nonfiction buff, consider getting a Candace Fleming Biography:
And while I'm at it, I'll go off topic and just recommend her picture books in general. My favorites include:
When Agnes Cawes
A Big Cheese for the White House
Tippy, Tippy, Tippy Hide
And back to those males in your life, I have one more author to recommend, Nancy Farmer. She's an amazing science fiction writer (and I am not hugely into Sci Fi by any means). Three of my favorites of hers include:
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm.
The House of the scorpion
The Sea of Trolls (this is a trilogy).
If you have any more emergency questions before Christmas, let me know. Really soon, I will post a picture of the books my family is getting for Christmas. I think we're going to have a book scavenger hunt...