The Best Books for Middle School Boys: Over 80 Books

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80+ of the Best Books for Middle School Boys Categorized by Genre

Finding the best books for middle school boys that they will actually read and enjoy sounds a bit daunting, doesn’t it? Boys between the ages of 9-12 can be quite a mystery for any teacher or parent. There are a lot of developmental changes going on in a boy’s life within this age range, no doubt. So, trying to find the best book your tween boy or student will love… tough gig. 

I present to you the Ultimate Guide and Book Recommendations List for your Middle School Boy. You will read about the types of books tween boys like, the importance of connecting tweens to books that will amp up their love for reading, along with loads of book recommendations. The goal here is to set you up with all you need to know about books for boys so when you are considering connecting them with a book, you know where to begin.

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What Kind of Books do Tween Boys Actually Like?

As boys grow and begin middle school, their hobbies and interests change drastically from year to year. What they loved at 9 years old can be drastically different than what they love at 12. 

However, when it comes to book preferences, studies show quite the opposite. Middle school boys tend to gravitate toward the same style and genre of books they loved in elementary school with the only difference being the book’s reading level. In short, they will still want to read graphic novels and books with interesting factual information. However, as your tween boy grows into more advanced middle grade books, there are other characteristics worth taking note of. 

 

Boy Reading a Book

Specific Characteristics of Books Middle School Boys Like

Boys want books that are relatable and refreshing. They gravitate toward books that will make them laugh, ponder the world they live in, or encourage them to do further research.

When it comes to middle grade fiction, tween boys like books with a strong male protagonist or main character, and, more often than not, prefer them over books with female protagonists. We’re talking strong as in mentally strong, such as displaying a high level of resiliency or bravery although, physically strong can be a plus.

Furthermore, like girls, tween boys want someone they can relate to by age and life experienceIf you want to learn more about books for girls, read here.

Boys also tend to like characters they can look up to and view as a hero who are older than them. It is important to note that boys tend to stray away from books with main characters who are younger than them.

To read more about the specific characteristics that make a middle grade book unique, click here.

Tween Boys Reading Preferences Regarding Topics and Genres

Along with the characteristics of middle grade books tween boys tend to lean into more, there are certain types of topics and genres they prefer as well. 

Studies have shown that boys generally prefer topics and genres such as adventure, humor (in most cases, ‘potty’ humor), terrifying horror and ghost stories, non-fiction especially odd or incredible facts, science fiction and fantasy, crime fiction, historical fiction, sports, dystopian, mystery or puzzles, and graphic novels. 

80+ Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys by Genre

Without further ado, here is the book list as promised! This mega list of books is organized by genre thus being in no specific order other than alphabetical. Use the buttons down below to take you to each genre as you wish or go on a wonderful scrolling journey through all of the books at once! 

ADVENTURE

10 Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith
Loris Owen

When puzzle-loving Kip Bramley receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he has no idea that his world is about to change forever. Very soon he finds himself at Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, hunting for riddles set 400 years earlier by a mysterious genius. But this isn’t any ordinary treasure hunt: as the clock counts down, Kip will need all the help he can get from his loyal new friends and his faithful pet flying squirrel, Pinky. With danger mounting it seems much more is at stake for Kip and his family than he could ever have imagined.

THE RANGER’S APPRENTICE: THE RUINS OF GORLAN

John Flanagan
This is the first book of an 11 part fantasy adventure series perfect for readers who loved Lord of the Rings. Publisher’s summary: They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

 

Connor Grayson

I screwed up, okay?

I was just trying to be a good kid. Helping Mom move boxes, lugging the huge jugs of pennies that weigh like a million pounds, and packing it all in the truck.

Then I found the mystery box.

I make one wrong decision, and suddenly I’m stuck inside a game where monsters are real, and magic food is gross!

I’m fighting back against the bad guys. I’m making new friends. I feel myself getting braver, stronger, more powerful.

I’m going to get out, and I have a plan that’s sure to win.

SHADOW JUMPER

J.M. Forster
Jack is allergic to the sunshine which makes him seek for solace in the shadows… naturally. This leaves him lonely and constantly at risk of life-threatening burns whenever those warm sunlight rays touches his skin. Jack takes to jumping on the rooftops at dusk to help cope with is loneliness, making him feel alive and free. Over time though, Jack begins to experience worsening conditions, something that only his missing dad, a scientist, can help save him from. Join Jack and his friend Beth, as they delve frantically into Jack’s dad’s past for clues and experience the shock that unfolds before them as rumors and dark secrets begin to emerge. How far will Jack jump to find the truth?

OTHER ADVENTURES

ANIMALS

Spirit Animals Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the world-famous author of the beloved Fablehaven series!

Publisher’s Summary: In the world of Erdas, four children are about to discover if they have a spirit animal bond, a rare link between human and beast that gives great powers to both. Separated by vast distances, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each see a flash of light . . . and then the animals emerge. Wolf, leopard, panda, falcon. Each of the children has summoned a beast from legend. Now their fate is set. The four heroes and their animals must band together on a dangerous quest. A dark force from the past is rising, and only they have the power to stop it. The fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of these brave strangers . . . and on you. Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game — discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.

WATERSHIP DOWN

Richard Adams
Adams’ book is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved adventure books of all time. Although this book is not considered a ‘middle grade’ book per se, it still has the capacity to captivate young minds! Set in Southern England, Watership Down follows the story of a group of rabbits who fled from the only home they knew. Adams does a marvelous job at bringing each character and their internal feelings alive, so much so you feel like you are basically chewing on them as you read through this book. It makes for a very visceral and often INTENSE read as these rabbits confront their fears and face the unknown. I definitely recommend to anyone who loves to read at the edge of their seat!

Wings of Fire The Dragonet Prophecy book cover
Tui T. Sutherland

This is the first book of a 17 book series. Sutherland has written other books that take place in the lands of Pyrrhia and Pantala making her collection vast and immersive! One of my 6th grade students swears by this book series, says they are ‘the best books they have ever read in their whole life!’ I love when my students find their favorite book!

Publisher’s Summary: Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that’s been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia — but how they’ll do this, none of them knows. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. When one of their own is threatened, Clay and his friends decide to escape. Maybe they can break free and end the war at the same time — or maybe they’ll risk everything …

A WOLF CALLED WANDER

Rosanne Parry

In this gripping novel, Swift, a young wolf club, must learn his place amongst his brothers and sisters. When a rival pack of wolves attack his own, Swift and his family are scattered! Swift is forced to flee and find a new place to call home? His journey takes him through the beautiful, yet treacherous Pacific Northwest. He encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he reaches his destination.

Will he find a place to call home?

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Ben Mikaelsen

After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go.

While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions and seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and, most importantly, from himself.

Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots of his anger without absolving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing.

OTHER ANIMAL ADVENTURES

DYSTOPIAN

City of Ember book cover, a city within a lightbulb
Jeanne DuPrau

Publisher’s Summary: The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to dim. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Now, she and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues to keep the lights on. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever.

SCYTHE

Neal Shusterman

This book falls a little bit outside of the middle grade realm because the characters are a older teens and it contains topics for a mature audience such as death. However, it is considered one of the best books for those who love dystopian fiction and I just had to include it on the list!

Publisher’s Synopsis: A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Lee Bacon

Humans went extinct thirty years ago. Now the world is ruled by machines. And twelve-year-old robot XR_935 is just fine with that. Without humans around, there is no war, no pollution, no crime. Every member of society has a purpose. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Until the day XR discovers something impossible: a human girl named Emma. Now, Emma, XR, and two other robots must embark on a dangerous voyage in search of a mysterious point on a map. But how will they survive in a place where rules are never broken and humans aren’t even supposed to exist? And what will they find at the end of their journey?

AMONG THE HIDDEN

Margaret Peterson Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Jerry Craft

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature! 

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers, including for summer reading.

MILES MORALES: SHOCK WAVE

Justin A. Reynolds

An original middle-grade graphic novel from Graphix starring Brooklyn’s Spider-Man, Miles Morales, by bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds and Eisner nominee Pablo Leon!

Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles’ fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man? A true middle grade graphic novel starring one of Marvel’s most popular characters, bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always) and Eisner award-nominated artist Pablo Leon (Refugees) create a riveting story that will connect with new and well-versed comics readers alike.

Phillip Pullman

The graphic novel adaptation of The Golden Compass, one of the most celebrated books of all time!

Now, in this graphic novel adaptation of The Golden Compass, the world of His Dark Materials is brought to visual life. The stunning full-color art will offer both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple worlds, in an entirely fresh way.
 This volume collects the full journey of Lyra to the far north, her rescue of the kidnapped children at Bolvangar, her escape via hot-air balloon, and her crucial role in Lord Asriel’s ambitions to build a bridge to another world.

Check out these other CLASSICS that have been adapted into graphic novels

THE WITCH BOY

Molly Knox Ostertag

In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.

HUMOR

If you have got boys at home, you know that they love anything that makes them laugh… especially if it is a little gross! These books are notorious for their laugh-out-loud humor that boys can’t get enough of.

Jeff Kinney

Did you know that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series has remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for over 775 weeks now?? There are 250 million books in print world-wide and it’s translated into 65 different languages!

You cannot have a book list for boys without mentioning this book series and for good reason. These books really capture the true essence of growing up. I love these books so much. They get even the most reluctant readers to fall in love with reading and I will always recommend them to any young reader looking to get into real chapter books for the first time. 

ENGINERDS

Jarrett Learner

Ken is an EngiNerd: one of a super-smart group of friends—all nerds—who have been close since kindergarten.

They may be brainiacs, but they’re just like everyone else: they fight with one another, watch too much TV, eat Chinese food, and hate walking their dogs. Well, maybe not just like everyone because Ken’s best friend Dan has been building robots. He then secretly sent one to each of the EngiNerds, never letting them know he’s the mastermind.

At first Ken is awed and delighted: what kid hasn’t dreamed of having a robot all their own? Someone who can be their friend, clean their room, walk the dog, answer homework questions…how amazing is that?

But be careful what you wish for: Dan’s robot, Greeeg, may look innocent, but his ravenous consumption of food—comestibles—turns him into a butt-blasting bot. And once the other robots ‘come alive’ it’s up to the motley crew of EngiNerds to not only save the day, but save the planet!

Tyler Whitesides

Twelve-year-old Ace’s life is about to change in the most unexpected and magical ways—all because of a peanut butter jar.

When he opens it, he inadvertently releases a genie named Ridge. Now a Wishmaker, Ace is given a week to complete a seemingly impossible quest, and if he fails the world will end in the most tragic (but cuddly) way imaginable.

Luckily, Ridge can help by granting Ace an unlimited number of wishes…as long as Ace is willing to accept the consequences. The bigger the wish, the greater the consequence. So, if Ace wants to avoid having pogo sticks for legs or his clothes turn invisible, he’ll have to be careful what he wishes for and get a little creative.

GANGSTA GRANNY

David Walliams

David Walliams, hailed as “the heir to Roald Dahl” by The Spectator, burst onto the American scene with the New York Times bestseller Demon Dentist.

It’s funny. I’ve always seen David Walliams on The Graham Norton Show highlight reels posted to YouTube and never put it together that he is THE David Walliams, hilarious children’s book author of so many great books! The heir to Roald Dahl indeed! I suppose the man is also famous British actor and comedian and am just realizing he is also a judge on Britain’s Got Talent… boy, where have I been?

Check out this book along with so many of his other standalone novels. He has also written non-fiction and children’s picture books as well. 

 

HISTORICAL FICTION

Alan Gratz

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end. This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

WHEN THE SKY FALLS

Phil Earle

1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only loves are the rundown zoo she owns and its mighty silverback gorilla, Adonis. As the weeks pass, bonds deepen and secrets are revealed, but if the bombers set Adonis rampaging free, will either of them be able to end the life of the one thing they truly love?

Onjali Q. Rauf

Leo and his best friend Sangeeta are the odd ones out in their school. But as Leo’s dad is always telling him, it’s because they’re special. Only thing is, if they’re so special, how come they never see anyone who looks like them in their school history books?

Then, on a class trip to a nearby cathedral, Leo’s attention is drawn to a large marble slab high above the doors of the hall. Right there, bang in the middle of a list of war heroes, Leo finds himself staring at something incredible: his own name.

Desperate to know who this other Leo was, the two friends embark on a search. And together, they begin to uncover missing stories from the past, ones which they are determined to put back into their rightful place in the pages of history.

SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN

Margi Preus

 
 
 

HORROR/GHOST

Adrienne Kress

An all-new official, original novel from the twisted world of the hit horror video game, Bendy and the Ink Machine!

Seventeen-year-old Buddy has spent most of his life trying to escape the Lower East Side slums of New York City. Working as a delivery boy to support his family, Buddy wants to become an artist, a dream he’s sure will never be realized. But that all changes when a delivery job puts him face-to-face with Mister Joey Drew, the eccentric owner of an animation studio. Mister Drew takes Buddy under his wing as an apprentice, thrusting him into a world unlike anything Buddy has ever seen before. 

HIDE AND SEEKER

Daka Hermon

 
 
 
Denis Markell

It stinks that Danny’s older brother moved out and went to college. But you know what’s worse? He left behind an angry ghost in his room!

With the help of his friends Nat and Gus, Danny interviews everyone his Brooklyn neighborhood to find out about spirits. Is it an Arabian ghoul? A Korean gwishin? A Polish haunting? Maybe the answer lies with Danny’s own bubbe and her tales of a dybbuk, a Jewish mythological ghost. Regardless of its origins, what does the spirit truly want? And can Danny manage to bring the phantom to rest?

THE NIGHT GARDENER

Johnathan Auxier

 
 
 

MYSTERY NOVELS

Chris Grabenstein

When Kyle Keeley learns that the world’s world’s most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town’s new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, Kyle is determined to be there! But the tricky part isn’t getting into the library—it’s getting out. Because when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must catch every clue and solve every puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

LEGEND OF A STAR RUNNER

J.I. Wagner

 
 
 
John Grisham

A perfect murder
A faceless witness
A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth . . . and he’s only thirteen years old
Meet Theodore Boone

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

HIDEOUT

Watt Key

NON-FICTION

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Ashlee Vance

There are few people in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and vision. A modern combination of famous inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs, Elon is the man behind companies such as SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and PayPal that are transforming the way we live.

Written with exclusive access to Elon, his family, and his friends, this book traces Elon’s journey from a kid in South Africa to a young man in the United States, his dramatic technical inventions, and his world-changing companies. Elon has sparked new levels of innovation in the world, and this book gives young readers a detailed but fast-paced look at his story.

Lauren Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an American military plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary sagas of the Second World War.
 The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he had been a clever delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and stealing. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a supreme talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when war came, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
 Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would respond to desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope and humor, brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would hang on the fraying wire of his will.

REALISTIC FICTION

David Barclay Moore

It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
 His path isn’t clear—and the pressure to join a “crew,” as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world. 
 David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.

WEDNESDAY WARS

Gary D. Schmidt

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

Stowaway by John David Anderson Pirates and Aliens Sci-fi book cover book for boys
John David Anderson

Looking for an amazing Sci-Fi middle grade? You. must. read. this. I rented the audiobook from my library on a whim and I’m so glad I did. I will recommend this book for a long, long time.
Leo has two missions, to find his father who has been taken captive by the enemy alien species and seek help for his stranded community space craft deprived of it all of its necessities for survival. His only hope arrives when his ship is boarded by a rag-tag group of pirates who are minutes too late from stealing anything valuable.
Leo’s older brother, Gareth, has the wise idea to trick Leo into a compartment on the pirates’ ship and tells him to find help on his own. Leo gets discovered and the reader is catapulted into the world of deviance, bounties and bounty hunters.
Stowaway is complex, thrilling, and heartfelt all rolled up into one. I absolutely love this book and is one of the best books I have read in 2021. I need more John David Anderson books and stat!

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO: THE HIDDEN ORACLE

Rick Riordan

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel book cover by Michael Scott
Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren’t safe! Discover the truth in book one of the New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.


 The truth: Nicholas Flamel’s tomb is empty.
 The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives.


Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he’s actually been making the elixir of life for centuries?
The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.
There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it. 

SPORTS

Heat by Mike Lupica book cover, baseball book for boys
Mike Lupica

Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat along with aspirations of leading his team all the way to the Little League World Series. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If Social Services hears of their situation, they will be separated in the foster-care system—or worse, sent back to Cuba. Together, the boys carry on alone, dodging bills and anyone who asks too many questions. But then someone wonders how a twelve-year-old boy could possibly throw with as much power as Michael Arroyo throws. With no way to prove his age, no birth certificate, and no parent to fight for his cause, Michael’s secret world is blown wide open, and he discovers that family can come from the most unexpected sources.

The Importance of Reading for Middle School Boys

It’s so important that boys have access to books that they will LOVE to read. Studies show that girls read more than boys and it is affecting their school success. Unfortunately, many boys are forced to read books they don’t like, turning them away from books and reading indefinitely.

What’s more is the thought that many boys are never properly introduced to books that could change their opinion about them in the most positive way. Boys need access to good books, books that are gritty, adventuresome, thought-provoking and exciting. 

Even doing the research for this post was a bit more challenging because it seems like no one is really talking about books for boys. A simple search for books for boys brings up web pages over 10 years old!

Good Reading Websites for Tween Boys

Here are some links to places on the internet that are perfect for our young men to explore. I found a lot of these sites are not only about books but contain some wonderful reading material that may appeal to your child.

The Art of Manliness : Read their list of books for boys and young men here.  50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men 

Scout Life //  // A great magazine website for boys. They have an amazing page filled with fictional stories written by prominent middle grade authors and others called Scout Life Fiction. Check out Off the Hook, a short story by Jeff Kinney, the author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. 

National Geographic Kids : A perfect place for nature lovers, history lovers, space lovers… you name it! I love this article about chameleons. It is so informative and there is a video to watch!