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Best Books For Tween Boys – 2024 Reading List

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When it comes to finding the best books for tween boys, you want books that will keep their interest in the book—something they can really grasp and enjoy reading.

Books about magical adventures, solving mysterious events, or books that have more of a supernatural character are always good options. These types of books for preteen boys allow them to use their imagination and picture in their minds what the story is telling.

We’ve included a list of books for tween boys that touches on each of those subjects and more. Books that we think they will enjoy reading and following along with.

Before we jump in, book lovers may also want to check out:

Best Tween Boy Books to Try in 2024

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Echo (Living Wild with the Orions)

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In the Pennsylvania Wild, an area that is full of outdoor adventure lives, the Orion family. They live off the land for food and survival.

However, when a family tradition of becoming a “Sure Enough Mountain Man” goes horribly wrong for Echo, his wilderness survival skills are put to the test. Written by a wildlife biologist, it helps teach children about wildlife conservation, natural history, and wilderness survival.

The Traitor’s Son: (Path of the Ranger Book 1)

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In a small village in the North lives Lasgol, the son of a traitor and the man who betrayed the kingdom by trying to kill the King. The actions of his father have caused Lasgol to live a hard life where he is hated by those in the village.

Determined to clear his father’s name and find out more about him, Lasgo goes to the School of Rangers, a secret camp where years of training, hate, and even death may await him. Will he survive or find the information he is looking for, or will the camp prove that Lasgo is strong enough to be a feared defender?

The Book of Chaos (Starfell)

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Fable Nuthatch, a twelve-year-old girl who lives with an overprotective aunt, must hide the fact that she has magical abilities. Her secret is kept until a strange book ends up on her lap, and her cousin vanishes into the pages with her following to save her.

When she opens her eyes, she sees that she is in a magical land with unusual people and mystical creatures. A place called Starfell. Through her magical journey to save her cousin, she must embrace those magical abilities she’s been hiding for so long.

The Haunted Lighthouse: Tales of the Lost & Found

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The Haunted Lighthouse is a mystery adventure book that is full of historical realism and ghostly thrills. That takes place near the lighthouse in a small coastal harbor town.

Through the book, tweens can follow the adventures of three unlikely friends as they uncover a hundred-year-old mystery that still haunts the nearby fishing village, treasure, and supernatural secrets.

Summer of the Woods

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When young brothers Derek and Sam move with their family to Virginia, they have no idea what adventures the summer will bring. As they explore their creaky old house and the deep surrounding woods, they uncover a sixty-year-old mystery of a valuable coin collection stolen from the local museum.

Join the boys as they spend their summer running from danger and searching the woods, secret caves, rushing waters, and hidden passageways for treasure and the rare 1877 Indian Head cent coin!

The Dragon Defenders

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The Dragon Defenders novel series follows the adventures of Flynn, Paddy, Briar, and Beth as they strive to protect their paradise island home and the dragons that live there from the clutches of an evil boss.

Pitbull, the evil boss, has found out about the dragons who live on the island and wants one for himself. To get a dragon for personal reasons, he cooks up an evil plan and must be stopped.

Got a dragon-lover? Fantasy books galore, check out our favorite dragon books appropriate for tweens

Theodore Boone

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Theodore Boone sets off on adventures as he tries to solve a variety of different cases. Through the series, kids will dabble in learning more about investigations, laws, the courtroom, and the importance of learning the truth.

Shadow Jumper

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Just how far is Jack willing to go to find the truth? With his allergy to sunshine, his journey to seek the truth must be made in the shadows. He travels by jumping on the rooftops and dusk and night.

When his condition gets worse, and his scientist dad goes missing, Jack must solve the mystery and find his father before time runs out.

Hardy Boys

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The perfect gift for aspiring detectives, children with interest in learning the truth, or longtime Hardy Boys fans!

This book series follows the boys on some magical adventures as they solve the mysteries that come in front of them. Tweens will be able to follow along with the boys as they solve some of the strangest cases and find out the truth behind the mysteries.

The Secret Lake

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Stell and her younger brother Tom move to their new home in London. Soon after the move, the two learn about the mysterious disappearance of the neighbor’s small dog.

The dog seems to take off at different times throughout the night and return back home soaked. The brother and sister duo want to solve the mystery to find out where the dog goes and what he does while he is away.


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Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses.

Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

The Prophecy of the Hero

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Lina grew up hearing the prophecy that talked about the darkness falling across the kingdom as she lived under the rule of a king who had slowly been destroying the kingdom.

In an effort to keep the prophecy from coming true, she’s decided it’s time to do something. While everyone else waits for the legendary hero to arrive, Lina and her loyal friends set off on an adventure to find what they need to counter Maresk’s magical powers and long-standing on the throne. 


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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by a single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce.

When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. He must survive the crash and adventures through the wilderness to get to his father.

The Feather Chase

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Sophia and Jessica are cousins that don’t really have much in common. While Sophia likes hiking in her small town, Jessica enjoys shopping in the big city. They both dread the summers they must spend together until one summer. They find a briefcase in the forest. The briefcase has secrets inside, and when they realize there are bad guys behind them that have come to take the briefcase, they have no choice but to work together to solve the mystery and escape the bad guys.

The Graveyard Book

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Nobody Owens is a normal boy, but what makes him unique is that he lives in the graveyard, raised by ghosts. He also lives with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy. For instance, an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, and the strange and terrible Sleer. But if he leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack who has already killed Bod’s family. But his curiosity gets the best of him, and he ventures out anyway.


If you’re still looking for more gift ideas ideal for the pre-teen in your life, you may also want to check out these bumper gift guides by age and gender:

Boy Gifts 9-years-old
Boy Gifts 10-years-old
Boy Gifts 11-years-old
Boy Gifts 12-years-old
Girl Gifts 9-years-old
Girl Gifts 10-years-old
Girl Gifts 11-years-old
Girl Gifts 12-years-old

A subscription to Audible Premium Plus can also be the perfect gift to buy for a tween boy if you’re unsure of their favorite author or genre; Audiobooks can let them listen while they’re traveling or just chilling at home and audible has one of the most extensive online catalogs (you can even give it a three-month trial before you commit, perfect for summer reading!)

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