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 and Adventure Books.

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The Best of Iggy: Iggy, Book 1

age 8+

Funny look at boy whose impulsive ideas get the best of him.

By: Annie Barrows (2020)
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New Kid, Book 1

age 8+

Funny, heartfelt middle school tale explores race, class.

By: Jerry Craft (2019)
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Clean Getaway

age 9+

Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.

By: Nic Stone (2020)
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Goblin Secrets

age 8+

Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.

By: William Alexander (2012)
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Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys

age 8+

Frank, funny boys' guide to growing up is packed with tips.

By: Dr. Cara Natterson (2017)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry Potter, Book 1

age 8+

Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.

By: J. K. Rowling (1998)
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Pottymouth and Stoopid

age 8+

Underdogs overcome labels in sensitive, funny story.

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Stephen Curry: Epic Athletes, Book 1

age 8+

Breezy biography tracks the rise of an NBA superstar.

By: Dan Wetzel (2019)
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The Year of Billy Miller

age 8+

Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second-grader.

By: Kevin Henkes (2013)
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself: Big Nate, Book 1

age 9+

Milder than Wimpy Kid and a sure hit with boys.

By: Lincoln Peirce (2010)
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Darkmouth: The Legends Begin: Darkmouth, Book 1

age 9+

Reluctant monster hunter steps up in clever, funny fantasy.

By: Shane Hegarty (2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

age 9+

Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.

By: Jeff Kinney (2007)
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How to Win a Slime War

age 9+

Charming novel highlights family, friendship, and integrity.

By: Mae Respicio (2021)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

age 9+

Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.

By: Rick Riordan (2005)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society

age 9+

Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.

By: Trenton Lee Stewart (2007)
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Joshua Dread

age 9+

Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.

By: Lee Bacon (2012)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1

age 9+

Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.

By: Charles Gilman (2012)
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Phoenix: The Five Ancestors Out of the Ashes, Book 1

age 9+

Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.

By: Jeff Stone (2012)
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The Season of Styx Malone

age 8+

Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.

By: Kekla Magoon (2018)
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