Books for Boys

I’m no expert on books for boys, so I turned to people who are to create this list: librarians. Boys can read these books on their own or as part of a parent/child book club. Questions? Contact me at info@motherdaughterbookclub(dot)com.

Books for 7 and 8 year old boys

  • Charlotte’s WebE. B. White, Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig become friends.
  • The Number Devil—Hans Magnus Enzensberger, a beguiling number adventure.
  • The Real Thief—William Steig
  • The Secret School–Avi
  • The Trumpet of the SwanE.B. White, Louis the trumpeter swan learns how to thrive despite being born without a trumpet
  • The Year of the DogGrace Lin

Books for 9 and 10 year old boys

  • A Necessary EndNathaniel Benchley, a realistic depiction of a young Navy recruit in World War II.
  • Across Five Aprils—Irene Hunt, a moving account of the effect of the Civil War on one family.
  • Alibi Junior HighGreg Logsted, an undercover CIA agent’s son goes to middle school.
  • And Then There Were NoneAgatha Christie
  • The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff
  • Bat 6—Virginia Euwer Wollf, a story of lingering feelings of guild, racism, and patriotism in two small Oregon towns after World War II.
  • Boy – Roald Dahl, a laugh-out-loud funny and serious memoir of Roald Dahl’s childhood that reveals his inspiration for some of his most infamous characters.
  • Cabin on Trouble CreekJean Van Leeuwen, a frontier survival tale of two brothers.
  • Children of the Covered WagonMary Jane Carr, a 1934 tale about the old Oregon Trail.
  • Code Talker—Joseph Bruchac, based on a story of the Navajo Marines in World War II.
  • Cosmic—Frank Cottrell Boyce, a boy discovers the true meaning of what it takes to be a dad.
  • Gaudenzia, Pride of the PalioMarguerite Henry, based on a true story of a courageous horse and his rider in the Palio race of Siena, Italy.
  • Holes—Louis Sachar, Stanley survives at a boy’s work camp in the desert while solving a family mystery.
  • Julie of the WolvesJean Craighead George, a survival tale set in Alaska.
  • Red Scarf GirlJi-Li Jiang, a touching and informative memoir of life in China during the Cultural Revolution.
  • Sword of the Samurai: Adventure Stories from JapanEric A. Kimmel, a collection of Samurai tales.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer—Mark Twain, the 1876 boyhood classic.
  • The Ghost in the Tokaido InnDorothy & Thomas Hoobler, the first book in a Samurai mystery series.
  • The Graveyard Book—Neil Gaiman
  • The Great Brain series—John D. Fitzgerald, a 1960’s series reminiscent of Tom Sawyer.
  • The Great Turkey Walk—Kathleen Kerr, a humorous tale of the Old West.
  • The Heart of a Chief—Joseph Bruchac, an 11-year-old American Indian boy learns what it takes to be a leader.
  • The Sea of Trolls—Nancy Farmer, a fantasy involving Vikings, berserkers and trolls.
  • The Tale of Despereaux—Kate DiCamillo, a story of mouse and human love and redemption.
  • Walk Across the SeaSusan Fletcher, historical fiction of Chinese immigrants in California and a lighthouse keeper’s daughter.
  • Walk the Wild Road—Nigel Hinton, historical fiction about a Polish boy during the late 1800s who must leave home to help support his family.
  • War HorseMichael Morpurgo, a World War I tale as told by an English farm horse.
  • When the Hermit Thrush SingsSusan Butler, science fiction tale of escaping a repressive society.
  • Up PeriscopeRob Whte, based on a true story of a Navy frogman in World War II.
  • Young Mac of Fort Vancouver—Mary Jane Carr, A 1940 story of a 13-year-old at Fort Vancouver.

Books for 11 to 13 year old boys

  • A Year Down Yonder—Richard Peck, forced to spend a year in the country with her Grandma, Mary Alice eventually becomes Grandma Dowdel’s partner in crime.
  • Al Capone Does My ShirtsGennifer Choldenko, Moose and his family live on Alcatraz Island in the 1930s with his father who is a guard.
  • BloomabilitySharon Creech, Dinnie learns to live on her own at a boarding school in Switzerland.
  • Bodyguard series—Chris Bradford
  • Bright Candles: A Novel of the Danish Resistance—Nathaniel Benchley, a well-researched and moving story of the Danish Resistance during World War II.
  • Cold Sassy Tree—Olive Ann Burns, a coming-of-age tale set in a turn-of-the-century Georgia town.
  • Coraline—Neil Gaiman, a creepy story of a girl who must find her parents in a parallel world.
  • Ender’s GameOrson Scott Card, an action-packed science fiction story of the future of the human race.
  • Fair WeatherRichard Peck, the story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
  • Fishbone’s Song—Gary Paulsen, a boy grows up in the wilderness
  • Flipped—Wendelin Van Drannen, see how the same story can be told from two perspectives.
  • Framed—Frank Cottrell Boyce, a boy working in his family’s mechanic shop in a smal town in England learns how to save his family and the town through famous art.
  • Going SoloRoald Dahl, the second of Roald Dahl’s memoirs, this one about his stint as a fighter pilot in World War II.
  • Hoot—Carl Hiassen, Roy and his friends save burrowing owls from dishonest developers in Florida.
  • How to Survive Middle School—Donna Gephart, David makes videos, navigates changing friendships, and figures out how to survive around bigger kids.
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control—Jack Gantos
  • Kensuke’s KingdomMichael Morpurgo, a tale of shipwreck and survival.
  • Kimchi and Calamari—Rose Kent, Joseph works to figure out how he feels about family and traditions as the adopted Korean with Italian American parents.
  • MillionsFrank Cottrell Boyc, Damien and his brother decide what to do with money that drops from the sky.
  • Private PeacefulMichael Morpurgo, poignant story of two brothers in World War I.
  • Remember Me to Harold SquarePaula Danziger, teens go on a scavenger hunt in New York City.
  • Spud—Jon van de Ruit, a boy comes of age in a boarding school in South Africea
  • Stargirl—Jerry Spinelli, what happens to a girl who dares to be different than everyone else in her school.
  • Story TimeEdward Bloor, social satire and black comedy about the perils of overemphasis of standardized testing in education today.
  • TangerineEdward Bloor, a story of how families, communities and the environment act under stress.
  • Time Stops for No MouseMichael Hoeye
  • The Boy and the SamuraiErik Christian Haugaard, sequel to The Samurai’s Tale.
  • The House of the ScorpionNancy Farmer, futuristic story of cloning humans.
  • The Man in the CeilingJules Feiffer, a funny and thought-provoking story of a boy who wants to be a cartoonist, by the illustrator of The Phantom Tollbooth.
  • The Once and Future KingT. H. White, the classic tale of King Arthur’s boyhood.
  • The Phantom TollboothNorman Juster, a witty and highly imaginative fantasy.
  • The Samurai’s TaleErik Christian Haugaard, a riveting story of Samurai and feuding warlords in ancient Japan.
  • The White Deer—James Thurber, a charming James Thurber fairy tale.

Books for Boys aged 14 and up

  • A Matter of Profit—Hilari Bell
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, can Arnold escape the despair he sees all around him on the Indian reservation while staying true to his family?
  • The Adrian Mole Diaries—Sara Thompson
  • All But My Life: A MemoirGerda Weissmann Klein
  • Blank Confession—Pete Hautman
  • The Book Thief —Markus Zusak, a story about Leisl,the German people, and Death during World War II.
  • Boy Nobody—Allen Zadoff
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock—Matthew Quick
  • Genius—Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
  • Godless—Pete Hautman
  • Half Lives—Sara Grant
  • I Am the MessengerMarkus Zusak, mysterious messages start appearing for 19-year-old Ed Kennedy after he foils a bank robbery.
  • The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini, a story about loyalty and courage set in Afghanistan and the U.S.
  • Light Years—Tammar Stein, can 20-year-old Maya make a new life at college in the U.S. and forget the suicide bombing that killed her boyfriend in Israel?
  • Neverwhere—Neil Gaiman
  • Templar—written by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland
  • This Boy’s LifeTobias Wolff, a memoir of Wolff’s boyhood.
  • The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • West With the Night—Beryl Markham, a memoir of the aviatrix’s childhood in Africa, life as an elephant bush pilot, and being the first pilot to cross the Atlantic east to west.
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape—Peter Hedges, Gilbert would love to escape his small town, but he feels trapped by family circumstances.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson—John Green and David Levithan, two Will Graysons living near Chicago dealing with issues of friendship and identity.


Books for Boys — 1 Comment

  1. Hello,

    We are excited to announce the publication of our first book, “Max The Cool Doodle”, featuring LOL funny stories, and cute pictures of our loveable Labradoodle, Max. This is a great read for 9 years and up. Please see our Book Video on YOU TUBE – Max The Cool Doodle. Our book is available in paperback and Kindle online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Parents who have read our book to their children said their children love the book, and that it should be made into a movie!!
    Our hope is to inspire children to write stories about their pets. Sharing fun stories that make people laugh bring people together. Our book is about a very special dog who brings joy and happiness into our lives. We are interested in participating in story telling times and Book Readings for your club members. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to share our book with your members.

    Thank you,
    Ruth and Mark

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