Book recommendations for tween boys


My boys are currently almost 10 (this week!) and 14. I really didn’t have to work at coming up with entries in a list of books for tween boys, I just had to sit down and think about the authors and titles I’ve seen as I’ve picked up after my kids over the past three-to-four years. (Well, OK, I’ve picked up, sat down and read many of these books too!). I’ve included quite a few book series because I’ve found that when you have a reluctant reader, finding a series that he will read is like hitting the jackpot since you get not just one book or one author, but a whole set that will keep your child going for weeks.

Additionally, I’ve included single titles from great authors such as Louis Sachar, Sharon Creech, Nancy Farmer and more. If you can, encourage your child to try other books by these authors – he won’t be disappointed.

That’s it for book lists from me for now, but please, do add your suggestions in the comments below – I’m really enjoying learning about new authors and titles this way.

Update (1/24/2011)
My boys have started their own blog where they have posts about our travels and reviews of books they’ve enjoyed. The links below are to their review of the title in question.

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About wandermom

". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

4 thoughts on “Book recommendations for tween boys

  1. jessiev

    great list! how abt red pyramid (by rick riordan), which is the first in a series? it was great! i’ll keep thinking…

  2. wandermom Post author

    D’you know the frog-in-a-lake joke?
    We’re big Rick Riordan fans in our household. I did think that The Red Pyramid wasn’t quite as good as the Percy Jackson books – but I’ll wait until he’s written some more for that series before making my judgment.

  3. Christopher

    Hi am a 11 year old boy and i am looking for a good book to read i like and have read all the rick riodan books ( percy jackson,lost hero, and red pyramid) and the harry potter series any suggestians?

  4. Shahriar

    Hi, may I recommend my book Arash the Archer. It’s based on ancient Persian mythology. The main hero is a 12-year-old boy who is an archer.
    It’s available on

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