Books for Boys

Picking books for boys can be tricky, especially when there are so many tech distractions like apps and video games to compete with. But these stories are great for your tweens and teens -- even for guys who may be reluctant readers. There's high adventure, mystery, action, personal struggle, and humor to keep the pages turning. You'll also find great role models for boys, with relatable characters full of honor, courage, and compassion leading the way. For more fantastic stories, check out the Best Book Series for Tweens.

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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
(2012)
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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys Book Poster Image
Frank, funny boys' guide to growing up is packed with tips.
By Dr. Cara Natterson
(2017)
(2017)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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Pottymouth and Stoopid Book Poster Image
Underdogs overcome labels in sensitive, funny story.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2017)
(2017)
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The Year of Billy Miller Book Poster Image
Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
(2013)
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
(2010)
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Darkmouth: The Legends Begin: Darkmouth, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Reluctant monster hunter steps up in clever, funny fantasy.
By Shane Hegarty
(2016)
(2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
(2007)
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Joshua Dread Book Poster Image
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2013)
(2012)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 Book Poster Image
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
(2012)
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Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(2012)
(2012)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
(1999)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
(2012)
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Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life Book Poster Image
Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2011)
(2011)
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Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Book Poster Image
Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2014)
(2014)
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Ghost Hawk Book Poster Image
Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
(2013)
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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Book Poster Image
Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
(2013)
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The False Prince: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
(2012)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
(2011)
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The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon: The Expeditioners, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Gripping adventure of intrepid siblings in steampunk world.
By S.S. Taylor
(2012)
(2012)
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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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My Side of the Mountain Book Poster Image
Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
By Jean Craighead George
(2012)
(1959)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
(1883)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale from Alcatraz, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
(2005)
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Nick of Time Book Poster Image
Riotous, violent adventure with classic virtues.
By Ted Bell
(2008)
(2008)
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Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Book Poster Image
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
(2010)
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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Poster Image
Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
(1954)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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The Shadow Hero Book Poster Image
Exciting take on a forgotten Asian-American superhero.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2014)
(2014)
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Sounder Book Poster Image
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
(1969)
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Leviathan Book Poster Image
Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2009)
(2009)
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