Best Books for Teen Boys
I have a middle-school son who has outgrown fantasy that features dragons and wizards. I'd like to know what others think are good books for young teen boys
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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2 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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5 Switch! The Lost Kingdoms o...
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6 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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7 Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
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8 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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9 Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl,...
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10 Eragon (The Inheritance Cyc...
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11 The Outsiders
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12 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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13 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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14 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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15 The Hobbit
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16 Lord of the Flies
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17 Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
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18 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary...
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19 The Call of the Wild
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20 The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger...
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21 The Maze Runner (Maze Runne...
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22 Treasure Island
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23 The Catcher in the Rye
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24 The Graveyard Book
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25 Where the Red Fern Grows
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26 The Ability (The Ability, #1)
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27 The Book Thief
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28 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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29 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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30 Scrawl
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31 Looking for Alaska
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32 The House of the Scorpion (...
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33 Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
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34 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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35 Table 21
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36 Watership Down
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37 Bentwhistle the Dragon in A...
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38 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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39 Tail of the Devil
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40 The Warrior Heir (The Heir ...
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41 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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42 The Dangerous Book for Boys
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43 Harry Potter and the Order ...
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44 The Absolutely True Diary o...
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45 Gone (Gone, #1)
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46 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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47 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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48 To Kill a Mockingbird
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49 Gregor the Overlander (Unde...
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50 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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51 Bentwhistle The Dragon in A...
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52 The Red Pyramid (Kane Chron...
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53 I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
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54 Jurassic Park (Jurassic Par...
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55 Harry Potter and the Half-B...
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56 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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57 The Elephant Tree
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58 Watchmen
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59 Feed
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60 The Stand
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61 The Zombie Room
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62 Airman
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63 Beautiful Creatures (Caster...
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64 Midnight for Charlie Bone (...
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65 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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66 Assassin's Apprentice (Fars...
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67 The Mysterious Benedict Soc...
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68 The Gunslinger (The Dark To...
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69 The Merchant of Death (Pend...
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70 My Side of the Mountain (Mo...
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71 Graceling (Graceling Realm,...
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72 The Indian in the Cupboard
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73 I Am the Messenger
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74 Tangerine
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75 Paper Towns
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76 Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost...
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77 The Wednesday Wars
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78 The Eye of the World (Wheel...
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79 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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80 White Fang
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81 Journey to the Center of th...
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82 Nation
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82 1984
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84 Half-Moon Investigations
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85 The Dark is Rising (The Dar...
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86 The Cay (The Cay, #1)
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87 The Amulet of Samarkand (Ba...
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88 The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...
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89 Starship Troopers
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90 Tomorrow, When the War Bega...
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91 Johnny Tremain
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92 The Dragon's Eye (Erec Rex,...
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93 The Odyssey
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94 The Dragon Heir (The Heir C...
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95 The Three Musketeers
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96 Of Mice and Men
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96 Mister Monday (The Keys to ...
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98 The Sea of Trolls (Sea of T...
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99 Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
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100 Mutiny on the Bounty
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message 2: by Black (new)

Black Guy have u read shooter


message 3: by Melisende (new)

Melisende d'Outremer I would also have added Escape From Warsaw - which I read as "The Silver Sword".


message 4: by Brent (new)

Brent Why didn't they have Mockingjay on the list? Strange indeed...


message 5: by Sandi (new)

Sandi Brent wrote: "Why didn't they have Mockingjay on the list? Strange indeed..."

My teenage boy refuses to read the Hunger Games trilogy. He says they're for girls. (He's wrong, but he'll never know that.)


message 6: by Brent (new)

Brent To be honest, I loved it.


message 7: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Black Here is another list that's full of ideas:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16...


message 8: by Androcon (new)

Androcon Nice to see The Airman getting in there. Often find in a classroom context boys like it better than Artemis.
www.books-for-boys.com


message 9: by Kalli (last edited Sep 04, 2012 05:09PM) (new)

Kalli Jacobs I loved The Hunger Games Trilogy!! They are the best books I've ever read. I can't wait until all the movies come out they are going to be awesome. I haven't been able to find anything to top it though. I've gotten pretty close though there are adventure books like "Moby Dick" and more serious intense books like "The City of Ember". I've liked them all though. So, I hope you guys can enjoy them too. Oh, and one book I wouldn't recommend is "A Wizard of Earthsea" unless you like "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" I would stay away from this book it is very slow going. It doesn't have much of a plot either it wouldn't be the first book I would pick. I hated it.


message 10: by Chene (last edited Oct 04, 2012 04:41AM) (new)

Chene Alex Rider books are pretty good if you like third person books. "Dark Life" is really good. I cant wait till i get to read the second one "Rip Tide." I hope its as good as the first one. And one more i would recommend is the Hunger Games Trilogy. The second one i think is the best which is strange because usually the first one is the best. The third one "Mocking Jay" is really slow at the begining till they get to the Capitol. Oops. HAHA anyway they are filming the second one in Hawaii. Thats so cool. Cant wait tilll it comes out! And my name is pronounced like Shane but it is spelled chene. cool hu


message 11: by Teri (new)

Teri Ok, I'm retarded...how do I add this list to "my lists"?


message 12: by Teri (new)

Teri My son loves Rick Riordan, but does not like wizards and the sort. He reads them all and then says he has nothing to read. He can't seem to get into any other authors...he just doesn't like the wizard thing but loves Greek mythology. Any suggestions?


message 13: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Teri wrote: "Ok, I'm retarded...how do I add this list to "my lists"?"

To the best of my knowledge, you can't. "My Lists" means just that..lists you've created.


message 14: by Gerry (last edited May 04, 2013 09:48AM) (new)

Gerry Bevers Teri,

Here are the "Likes" and "Dislikes" of my middle school son:

12 years old -- He loved the Percy Jackson series, but didn't seem very excited about the Harry Potter series and "The Hobbit," for which I will never forgive him.

13 years old -- He didn't like Rick Riordan's "The Red Pyramid" and the other two books in that series, but he seemed to enjoy the five books in The Underland Chronicles series, by Suzanne Collins. He also liked the Shadow Children sequence (series), by Margaret Peterson Haddix. He read "The Hunger Games," but wasn't impressed and didn't want to read the other two books. He seemed to like Lois Lowry's "The Giver" and its two companion books, "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger." He liked "The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman; "Dead End in Norvelt," by Jack Gantos; and "Bud, Not Buddy," by Christopher Paul Curtis. He also read The Dark Is Rising sequence, by Susan Cooper without any complaints. He read the first six books from Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and hated all of them. He liked "Shadow of a Bull," by Maia Wojciechowska.

14 Years Old -- He has read the first 5 books in the Gone series, by Michael Grant, and seemed to enjoy them. He loved "The Outsiders," by S. E. Hinton, and he seemed to enjoy "Everlost," "Everwild," and "Everfound," by Neal Shusterman. He is now reading the last book in "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod," by Heather Brewer, a series he seems to really like.

My son is into sports and has said that reading is for nerds, but he reads because I make him read a little each night. He doesn't like to admit it, but he often enjoys the books he reads. Now he reads without any complaints.


message 15: by Wylee (new)

Wylee Carter My book, Milestones, was written just for my 13 year old son. He had trouble picking out books he liked, so I asked him to tell me exactly what he would want in a book, and then I wrote it.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CM1V9VE


message 16: by Zayne (new)

Zayne Jamal these books are veryy good


message 17: by Zayne (new)

Zayne Jamal Sandi wrote: "Brent wrote: "Why didn't they have Mockingjay on the list? Strange indeed..."

My teenage boy refuses to read the Hunger Games trilogy. He says they're for girls. (He's wrong, but he'll never kno..."


Gerry wrote: "Teri,

Here are the "Likes" and "Dislikes" of my middle school son:

12 years old -- He loved the Percy Jackson series, but didn't seem very excited about the Harry Potter series and "The Hobbit," ..."


mocking jay is a little for girls thier is no actoin in that book


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