This list is heavy in fantasy, because boys seem to like dragons and knights and wizards. If that bothers you, look up the book before you buy it or check it out of the library and are annoyed. I have listed those fantasy books more in the vein of C.S. Lewis rather than J.K. Rowling. You might also visit for a more comprehensive list of books tried and recommended by guys of all ages.

  • Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  • Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates, Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Redwall series, Brian Jacques
  • Kim and The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling; former more fore junior high and up, latter as early as elementary school
  • Chronicles of Narnia series and the Space trilogy, C.S. Lewis
  • Castle, David Macaulay (or anything by him)
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • Eragon, Christopher Paolini (the first of a good trilogy)
  • Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  • Holes, Louis Sachar
  • Treasure Island and Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Shadowmancer trilogy, G.P. Taylor
  • The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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