Monday, January 5, 2015

Books For Tween Boys

When my girls were little, there were books galore for them. I never seemed to have a hard time finding something for them to read. For my boys, though, it’s been a different story (pun intended). It seems like for every 20 books for girls, I find 1 for boys that isn’t lame. C’mon, you know what I’m talking about. You know that there are just some lame books out there. They’re in the market because books are needed.

As you might imagine, I’m very careful about what my boys read. I’m not going to get into all of the reasons I am selective with the books, you no doubt can guess them yourself. Needless to say, most of the books they read are Christian.

If you’re looking for some good “boy” books (girls would totally love them, too), I’ve got a handful of books to get you started. Thankfully, all of these books are in their own series so they’re not just one hit wonders!

The first book is Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow by The Miller Brothers. We were introduced to these books by my good friend M.B. because her son’s name is Hunter Brown, so it was apropos we read it. I ordered the whole series and even got the first one autographed by the authors! Can’t beat that. This would be a great book for boys who enjoy fantasy books.
Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow
Next is Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black. Definitely a look back into medieval times and a fun adventure. I actually read some of this series when my girls were younger. I grew up loving these kinds of books and thought my kids might, too. This first book is part of The Knights of Arrethtrae series. Black also has The Kingdom Series which we’ll probably move into this year. What I like about this book is that at the end of it there is a Q&A part that really gets kids thinking about what they read, and would make them great for a book club!

Sir Kendrick
Is your son into funny and quirky books? Then The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle by Bill Myers would probably be a big hit. With book names like My Life As a Smashed Burrito with Extra Hot Sauce, My Life As Alien Monster Bait, and My Life As a Broken Bungee Cord, where could you go wrong? I honestly don’t know how many books are in this series, but I do know it’s over 20! We have a handful of them, and they’ve been fun books to read. These are easy to read and not very long. I’d say they’re probably fun for the boys who struggle to “want” to read.
My Life As A
Another book we had signed by an author is Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword by Eric Reinhold. My dog at the time ate our first copy. That was such a bummer. Eric Reinhold was a new author at the time and I was thrilled we were able to receive a second copy! For some reason, it seems that many boy focused books are fantasy world type books. I’m sure it’s the adventure they have. So far there are only two books in this series, but it sounds like book 3 is in the works.
Ryann Watters
Dragons in our Midst is a series by Bryan Davis. I got this book for my oldest son, but he just couldn’t read them. He’s not the reader of our family. He reads his school work and that’s about it. I try to emphasize how important it is for him to read, it’s just not something he wants to do in his free time. This is the kind of book my youngest would read and it’s even better that it’s almost 400 pages. That boy can read through a book in no time! With school back in session, I’ll start him off with book 1 Raising Dragons. Yes, another fantasy book.
Raising Dragons
The last book is one that my youngest has read more than once. Actually the book we have is a compilation of 4 different books: On the Run, The Enemy Closes In, Trapped by Shadows, and The Chamber of Lies by Bill Myers. Yes, the same Myers as the one above. This series is called The Elijah Project. This is yet again another fantasy world about good verses darkness. Being that it’s a collection of 4 books, it’s less than 400 pages so altogether, not a very long set of books in one.
The Elijah Project
We’re always looking for books to add to the “boy” list. Do you have any suggestions for us?


Unknown said...

My son would be interested in these books. Thanks. I've been looking for some books for him.

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