Books for Boys

Picking books for preteen boys can be tricky, 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, with daring heroes full of honor and courage leading the way.

Browse Books for Boys

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Brother of Pinkalicious builds tower in quirky adventure.
By Victoria Kann
(2017)
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Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
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Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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Underdogs overcome labels in sensitive, comic story.
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
(2017)
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Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
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Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
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Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
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Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2013)
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Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
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Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
By Jeff Stone
(2012)
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Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
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Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts
(2011)
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Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2014)
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Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
By Susan Cooper
(2013)
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Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
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Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
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Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
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Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
By John Flanagan
(2011)
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Gripping adventure of intrepid siblings in steampunk world.
By S.S. Taylor
(2012)
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Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
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Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
By Jean Craighead George
(2012)
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
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Boy stands up for autistic sister in compassionate tale.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
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Riotous, violent adventure with classic virtues.
By Ted Bell
(2008)
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Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
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Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
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A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
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Exciting take on a forgotten Asian-American superhero.
By Gene Luen Yang
(2014)
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
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Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2009)
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