Well, if you're looking for some great books that have boys as main characters, here they are! They feature boys as the main characters, but girls love 'em too!
Age Breakdown: Every kid is different, but here is a basic guideline. Adults enjoy these books too! Give 'em a read!
Kids = 7-12
Teens = 13 +
1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Great cast of characters led by 12-year-old Percy brings Greek mythology to life in the most entertaining way possible! Overflowing with funny scenes, fantasy, action and adventure, Percy Jackson & The Olympians is a fantastic series with a great follow-up series as well! When your kid has finished all of the Percy Jackson books, The Heroes of Olympus series will be there to entertain!
Age: Kids, Mids, Teens +
2. Holes by Louis Sachar
A multilayered mystery, quirky characters and a family curse make this a book that is impossible to put down until you've reached the last page!
Age: Kids, Mids (Teens would also enjoy)!
Read our review for Holes and find some fun things to do here!
3. I,Q - Book One - Independence Hall by Roland Smith
13-year-old Quest and his older stepsister Angela are thrown together by way of their famous musician-parents' marriage and join them on the road for a year-long concert tour. As if dealing with new family dynamics isn't enough, Quest & Angela find themselves in the middle of secrets, mysteries and a high-stakes conspiracy! It's James Bond with a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in and will no doubt keep you turning the pages!
Age: Kids & Mids
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This series features fun illustrations, a handwritten font and easy conversational style of writing that make this a great series for kids! It's kind of a cross between a comic book and a journal and even kids that don't normally love to read will find themselves turning page after page and laughing along with Greg Heffley and the rest of the gang! Fabulous books for kids that go in for funny reads, graphic novels/comic books and want a story that moves along at a quick pace! Super fun movie adaptations as well!
Age: Kids & Mids
5. Alex Rider -The Mission Files by Anthony Horowitz
Terrific book series for all those who love spies and adventure! Quick paced - great for reluctant readers with hold-your-breath moments that will have you staying glued to the book and turning the pages. Think a young Tom Cruise - Mission Impossible, but British!
Age: Teens (and older Mids)
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter book series goes without needing an intro! Just in case your kid hasn't read it yet- this is an incredible series that has it all! Magic, quests, humor, friendship, drama, surprises! Worth every penny and more! Some of the best movie adaptations we've ever seen as well! But definitely read the books first!
Age: Kids, Mids, Teens+
7. The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four kids pass a series of challenging tests and puzzles that bring them to the next step - to go undercover on a secret mission. Arriving as students at an educational institute located on an island, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance must work together to thwart the attempts of a criminal mastermind! Far from your average kids' book, this intricately woven plot has clever twists, fantastic characters and worthy surprises that will capture and hold your attention to the very end!
Age: Kids & Mids, but Teens would like it too!
8. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
13-year-old Brian Robeson survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness and has only his wits and a simple hatchet to survive! This award-winning survival adventure has been thrilling readers since it was first released in 1987! A modern classic!
Age: Older Kids, Mids, Teens
Follow up Books/Series
Read our review for Hatchet and find some fun things to do here!
9. The Spy School Series by Stuart Gibbs
This book draws you in from the first sentence! Funny, fast-paced writing + spy stuff = perfection! Geeky 12-year-old Ben Ripley finds himself in a spy school trying to survive misadventures, maintain his cool and impress the girl! (Below is a copy from the library; you can tell it's a hit with kids based on its well-read condition!)
10. Peak by Roland Smith
Fantastic read! After getting into trouble, 14-year-old Peak Marcello is given a choice. The teen with attitude gets recruited by his outdoors dad to climb Mt. Everest! Amazing descriptive writing...excellent book for those who go in for adventure and is sure to keep you cool in the summer heat!
Age: Kids, Mids & Teens
Theodore Boone - The Accomplice by John Grisham
Theo's parents are both lawyers and that's all he wants to be! In the small city where Theo lives, he sees himself as the next big courtroom attorney and finds himself with plenty of clients and cases! The Accomplice by John Grisham is the latest in this series of legal thrillers for kids where Theo must help his good friend, Woody, who has been accused of armed robbery. Plenty of page turning suspense, the Theodore Boone books are great for road trips or kicking back on the porch or beach!
Age: Kids & Mids
Hope you found this helpful and find some titles that your kid will enjoy!