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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8
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Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
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By William Alexander
(2012)
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8
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Magical start of bestselling Potter phenomenon.
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By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
AGE
8
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Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
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By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
AGE
9
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Milder than Wimpy Kid, and a sure hit with boys.
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By Lincoln Peirce
(2010)
AGE
9
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Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
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By Rick Riordan
(2005)
AGE
9
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Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
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By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
AGE
9
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Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
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By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
AGE
9
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Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
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By Lee Bacon
(2013)
AGE
9
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Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
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By Charles Gilman
(2012)
AGE
9
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Exciting adventure of bike racing, kung fu, Chinese myth.
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By Jeff Stone
(2012)
AGE
9
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Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
AGE
9
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Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
AGE
9
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Irreverent look at school life explores complex feelings.
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By Chris Tebbetts, James Patterson
(2011)
AGE
10
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Boy and dog face danger, find friends in fast-paced tale.
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By Rodman Philbrick
(2014)
AGE
10
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Gorgeous tale of friendship between colonist and Indian.
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By Susan Cooper
(2013)
AGE
10
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Offbeat imagination rules in funny, poignant graphic novel.
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By Stephan Pastis
(2013)
AGE
10
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Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
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By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
AGE
10
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Magical mid-grade fantasy with violent premise and battles.
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By Lisa McMann
(2011)
AGE
10
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Fun underdog tale starts high-seas series.
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By John Flanagan
(2011)
AGE
10
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Gripping adventure of intrepid siblings in steampunk world.
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By S.S. Taylor
(2012)
AGE
10
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Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
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By Rick Riordan
(2010)
AGE
10
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Gripping, inspiring wilderness-survival adventure.
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By Jean Craighead George
(2012)
AGE
10
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The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
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By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
AGE
11
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Acclaimed book with mature themes is best for older kids.
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By Gennifer Choldenko
(2005)
AGE
11
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Riotous, violent adventure with classic virtues.
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By Ted Bell
(2008)
AGE
11
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Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
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By John Grisham
(2011)
AGE
12
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Spectacular fantasy classic is where Frodo's journey begins.
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By J.R.R. Tolkien
(2003)
AGE
12
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A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
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By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
AGE
12
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Exciting take on a forgotten Asian-American superhero.
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By Gene Luen Yang
(2014)
AGE
12
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
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By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
AGE
12
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Fast-paced World War I fantasy exciting yet low on violence.
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By Scott Westerfeld
(2009)

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