Picking books for preteen boys can be tricky. But these stories are all great choices for your tweens and teens -- even for guys who may best be called "reluctant readers": There's high adventure, mystery, action, personal struggle, and humor to keep the pages turning -- with daring heroes full of honor and courage leading the way.
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
Milder than Wimpy Kid, and a sure hit with boys.
Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
Laugh-out-loud funny school stories with lessons.
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
Magical mid-grade fantasy with violent premise and battles.
Fun underdog tale starts new high-seas series.
Gripping adventure of intrepid siblings in steampunk world.
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.