Is your son (nephew, friend, whatever) stumped for something to read? Perhaps he has read the Magic Tree House Series but is now looking for something a little more. Maybe he isn’t that interested in books at all. If the middle-grade boy reader in your house has any interest in fantasy and adventure, he will love reading these amazing books designed to spark the imagination of readers.
This book is a Newbery award winning story about a camp for juvenile delinquents who must spend the summer digging large holes in desert sand. There is a mystery surrounding the camp about what the purpose of the holes is. By the end of the summer the main character finds out the mystery and also learns about his own family history.
Growing up, one of my brothers just loved animal stories. He loved any story featuring dogs particularly. This book is about a country boy and an abused dog who band together in a harsh world. Shiloh is the first book in a trilogy about the boy and dog.
The Chronicles of Prydain is a series of five fantasy books about a boy named Taran who dreams of becoming a hero. Throughout the series he encounters a series of adventures and fantastic creatures. This series is written in classic adventure style that will please many young boys.
This story follows the adventures of a girl and her brother who run away from home and live in a museum for several weeks. While at the museum they uncover a mystery about one of the art pieces at the museum. Boys who love mysteries and figuring out plots and stories will enjoy this book.
The Encyclopedia Brown novels are a long-standing series of mystery novels that the reader can solve on his own using the clues presented in the stories. The reader has the option of peeking at the answer at the end of the story, or he can decide the answer on his own. Each mystery is solved by facts, and the short stories are perfect for elementary-aged boys. My brothers loved these books as children.
This classic modern fantasy series follows the tales of an 11-year old boy who discovers he is a wizard and the only hope that can save the wizarding world from evil.
This story follows the adventures of a boy, a cat and a cricket as they live together in a newsstand in New York City. There are a surprising amount of adventures for the narrow location.
These series of books focus on the unlikely relationship between a boy named Nate who is a young hatmaker. The two together solve mysteries after striking up a friendship.
While his parents are on vacation, 12-year-old Parker is sent to stay with his great-aunt. He is confident he will have plenty of fun since he brought video games and electronics to keep him occupied. But when Parker discovers that his aunt has no way to charge his electronics, he must learn how to make his own fun in the world and may just end up doing some good.
This classic King Arthur story follows young Arthur as he is tutored by Merlin and prepares to rule the kingdom and unite Britain once and for all. Boys who love adventure and the “castle” period will really enjoy this book.
What stories do you love for elementary-aged boys?