Top 15 Books for Boys 8-12

I’ve got four boys… one has graduated and the other three are in grade school.  They’ve each gone through spurts of loving to read.  I have found the best way to get them into reading mode is when they’ve found a good book (or series) that they love. The key is to find things they are interested in and find books that have something to do with that.

15 of my favorite books for my sons ages 8-12...  helping them find a great book or series is one way for them to fall in love with reading!

My boys would much rather be outside throwing a ball or building something but they love it when I read to them or when we get books that they like to read.  We can disappear into a good book or series of books for an hour and spend time bonding over a good novel. Plus, books make great gifts!

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Big Nate Series Collection Lincoln Peirce 7 Books Set $36.53

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These books are a big hit with my boys.  They are written in comic book fashion, the Big Nate stories revolve around Nate, an energetic and rebellious 6th grader whose shenanigans are are always landing him and his friends in hot water.

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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books

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Both of my older sons are huge fans of the books in this series.  I have read several of these a well, and have found myself laughing to almost tears at some of the situations that the main character, middle-school student Greg Heffley, gets himself into.

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants Series

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Here is another popular book series that my boys have loved.  They seem to think these are so funny and it keeps their attention.  There are 11 Captain Underpants books that boys just love.

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The BFG $4.06
James and the Giant Peach $6.00
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $5.16

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Roald Dahl books are always classics and here are a few of the best selling ones.

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 The Trouble Begins: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3  $19.94 paperback

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There are 13 books in this series and each one delighted and thrilled both myself and boys as much as the one before. These are a  MUST read.  Parents, teens and kids of all ages will enjoy this series.

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 Harry Potter Books

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Harry Potter Books are hugely popular especially among boys.  My oldest has read the entire series several times.  In fact, he makes a goal to read the series from start to finish every summer.  When I purchased the entire set of books, I made an awesome investment.  My daughters are reading them as well!  If you haven’t heard of Harry, you may have been living under a rock!  But basically, Harry is a young wizard, orphaned by his parents and sent to Hogwartz to learn wizardry.  The stories tell of him overcoming dangerous obstacles to defeat the Dark Wizard Lord Voldmort who killed his parents.


Because of Winn-Dixie $5.26

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This is a heart warming, award winning story about a girl abandoned by her Mom and learns to cope with it when she gets her dog Winn Dixie.  This is a great book for girls and boys alike.

Owen Foote, Frontiersman (Owen Foots) $5.26

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Two second-grade boys build a tree-house fort that becomes the headquarters for their adventures in the woods. Their hero, Daniel Boone, inspires their bravery in the face of real-life bullies. The two friends protect their fort and conquer their fears in the process.

 Ages 10-12


War Horse $6.99

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The story is set in the early 1900s,  a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. he witnesses the horror of the battles in France. the horses courage touches the soldiers around him but he wants to go home to Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind.


Goblin Secrets $6.80 hardcover

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In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around—much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins $6.00 paperback

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This is a fascinating book based on the true-life story of a young Indian girl who gets left behind when her people are rescued from the remote island they inhabit.  For 18 years, years, Karana, the sole inhabitant of the island keeps herself alive by, working the land, providing herself with food and shelter and fending off the dangers in the wild.

 


Holes $5.65

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Boys at a detention camp digging 5 ft. holes in the sand as a form of punishment and character-building.  But is that really why they’ve been assigned to dig these holes?  This story will intrigue your boys to continue reading to the end!

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 Hatchet $6.00 paperback

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This is another incredible story about survival that my boys just loved.  13 year old Brian Robeson was forced to survive all alone in the Canadian wilderness when the small plane that he was flying in crashes.  Armed with nothing more than the hatchet his mother gave him, he draws on his inner-strength, determination and instinct to survive 54 days of solitude while awaiting rescue.

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Infinity Ring Series

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This is a fun series of time travel/adventure books.  History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!  Two kids stumble on a time travel device, a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring. The books travel through different adventures and places in time with stories that will captivate young readers minds.

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 Percy Jackson Series

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My oldest son plowed through this series when he was in 5th and 6th grade.  Readers young and old find it hard to put these books down, captivating stories about Percy’s thrilling adventures with Greek gods and monsters for the first time.

 

 

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