Whether reluctant or avid readers, boys enjoy stories filled with heroes and adventure. This list of great books for boys will head him down the path of reading and history.
Of course, the fact that they do all this while entertaining helps too.
By Kathi AppeltAge: 10 - 14
By James Ramsey UllmanMiddle School and Above
By Eloise J. McGrawHistorical fiction, this story takes place in Egypt about 1500 B.C. A young goldsmith apprentice discovers a theft from the tomb of the Valley of the Kings. The young apprentice needs to solve a mystery with danger and intrigue. The customs of ancient Egypt are described.
By Margeurite de AngeliHistorical fiction from Europe in the 1300's. Robin is a fictitious son of a nobleman who will someday become a knight. But he finds himself alone, deserted, and handicapped. Then even greater danger faces him as the castle is attacked. A reflection of life and dangers in the Middle Ages.
By Walter D. EdmondsTrue Story
By James Fenimore CooperThe best known historical fiction of the French and Indian War, this book was also one of the first successful American novels. A woodsman and his two Native American friends try to rescue two American sisters as conflict between settlers and warring Indians escalates.
By Esther ForbesJohnny, a silversmith apprentice in Boston, is injured and no longer able to do the work of a silversmith. His life is changed when he joins the Sons of Liberty. Historical figures, including Paul Revere, are part of the story.
By Robert Louis StevensonFiction
By Fred GibsonFiction
By Robert Louis StevensonHistorical fiction from the time of the War of the Roses, this is an adventure story set in the mid-1400's in England. A young knight, Richard Shelton, seeks to learn the truth of his father's murder. He meets the outlaws known for their use of black arrows. Meanwhile, his own guardian threatens his life.
By Karen NewellAlfred is the oldest boy in a sharecropping family that struggles to survive in Texas during the Great Depression. His last promise to his mother is that he will make sure the children get to school. But what if it means they won't be able to eat? Is there anyway he can help his family and keep his promise to his mother?
By Eric KellyHistorical fiction filled with mystery and intrigue, The Trumpeter of Krakow is set in Krakow, Poland in 1462. Joseph is a fictitious fifteen year old who learns the true story of the trumpeter of Krakow who died two hundred years earlier. He also discovers his ancestors have been the caretakers of the legendary Tarnov Crystal (philospher's stone.) Now his family is in great danger from the Russian czar. This book gives students the opportunity to explore how authors may incorporate fiction, history, and legends in a single story.
By Harold KeithHistorical fiction from the American Civil War, the main character is sixteen year old Jeff, a Union soldier. Jeff becomes involved with both the Union and Confederate armies, and becomes close friends with individuals on both sides. In addition, he uncovers an intriguing plot against the Union.
By Mark TwainThe most famous of Mark Twain's book, the Adventures of Tom Sawyer tells the fictitious story of a high-spirited boy living on the Mississippi River in the late 1800s. Some of the adventures - and misadventures - are based on true events that happened in the author's home town of Hannibal, Missouri.
By Irene HuntHistorical fiction, this is one of the most popular Civil War stories for children. The main character's family is divided between the Union and the Confederacy. Trouble occurs with their family and with the residents of the area. The effect of on-going struggle through the years of the Civil War demonstrates the far-reaching impact the national conflict had on individual families.
By Alexander DumasHigh action story about a young swordsman who wishes to join the elite fighting force of the French court. Treason, international intrigue, conspiracy and romance - not to mention plenty of sword fighting - await him and his three famous companions.
By Walter FarleyRealistic Fiction Series
By Franklin DixonWhile it may be argued that the Hardy Boys are not exactly literature in the strictest sense, no one can debate they are truly classic books and amongst the best books for boys. The two brothers investigate mysteries, solve crimes, travel widely and have plenty of fun with their friends - and never neglect their own education of course. Many readers request another book after reading one of these mysteries.
By Dayton O. HydeMajor Quillaine is a world renowned fly fisherman who works fervishly to fulfill his dream of catching the largest trout on record. Plumming Pittock is a boy who relies on fishing to feed his impoverished family. What will happen when the two neighbors compete for the giant trout? A touching story with important lessons.
By Jules VerneMiddle School and Above
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