So my oldest turned eleven yesterday (the next time he'll reach mirror symmetry he'll be 88)...and here are the books he got for his birthday:
Algebra and Geometry (Basher Books) We think Basher's books are great; my eight year old (with my consent) has been sneaking peaks at this one when his brother wasn't around since it arrived in the house.
Ghostopolis, by Doug Tennapel, which has the added bonus of being one of the books on his summer reading list.
M.C. Escher: 24 Master Prints
Athena: Grey Eyed Goddess
Marco Polo: History's Great Adventurer
Fiction is too hit or miss to make good presents for him...would that he was in love with a nice series, like The Ranger's Apprentice. But no. The books he enjoys are Utterly Random.
Here are his favorites of this past year:
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin.
The Big Big Book of Tashi, by Anna Feinberg
Highway Cats, by Janet Taylor Lisle
Which just goes to show that there is no one size fits all for the picky boy reader.