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Children Books For Boys - Middle Grade KEYWORDS: RELATED: Upper Elementary GradesDangerous Reads for Boys

Feel like you’re losing your boy readers as they get a little older? Hook them with these titles!

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Alabama Moon

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody...

"...I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody.... I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I..."

Watt Key Watt Key

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The Bamboozlers

Albert Rosegarden is a boy ready and waiting for an adventure to take him away from Mountain View, Idaho (where there are no mountains in view)--and he gets...

"...Albert Rosegarden is a boy ready and waiting for an adventure to take him away from Mountain View, Idaho (where there are no mountains in view)--and he gets.... Albert Rosegarden is a boy ready and waiting for an adventure to take him away from Mountain View, Idaho (where there are no mountains in view)--and he gets what he wants when Wendell shows up, the grandfather Albert didn't know he had..."

Michael de Guzman Michael de Guzman

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Beekman's Big Deal

Twelve-year-old Beekman O'Day has spent his entire life moving from place to place with his wheeler-dealer father, Leo. They've lived everywhere in Manhattan,...

Michael de Guzman Michael de Guzman

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Being Teddy Roosevelt

Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to...

By R. W. Alley and Claudia Mills

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Boy2Girl

Is he a girl? Is she a boy? Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be...

"...Is he a girl? Is she a boy? Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be.... Is he a girl? Is she a boy? Matthew's American cousin, Sam, has come to London to live with the family. Sam is a charismatic, funny kid, but can he be trusted to be a reliable friend? Matthew and his "mates" decide that Sam must undertake a challenge in order to prove himself: he must start off his new year at their school posin..."

Terence Blacker

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The Boxer

Hard-hitting historical fiction Ever since his father ran off two years before, fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to help support his ma and five...

"...and his family out of poverty. But as he moves closer to his biggest fight yet, Johnny must reconcile..."

Kathleen Karr

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Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy

When Clarence Cochran wakes up one evening, he’s shocked. Where are his antennae and his beautiful wings? And what is this strange pair of shorts that he’s...

"...When Clarence Cochran wakes up one evening, he’s shocked. Where are his antennae and his beautiful wings? And what is this strange pair of shorts that he’s.... When Clarence Cochran wakes up one evening, he’s shocked. Where are his antennae and his beautiful wings? And what is this strange pair of shorts that he’s wearing? Clarence has changed from a cockroach into a tiny human boy! The other..."

By William Loizeaux and Anne Wilsdorf

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The Cottonmouth Club

Summertime and the livin' ain't easy School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do...

"...and dangers, from rope burns to raging bulls. In this vivid and funny first novel, Mitch discovers that it's his own bad decisions that can make for the biggest challenges and dangers of all.. "First..."

Lance Marcum Lance Marcum

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Danger in the Dark

A Houdini & Nate Mystery

Harry Houdini – the world’s greatest escape artist – is in need of a new hat. That is what brings him to Bennett & Son, Gentlemen’s Hatters of Fifth Avenue,...

".... A surprising friendship develops between the world-famous daredevil and the boy clerk, and it comes..."

Tom Lalicki Tom Lalicki

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Death at Devil's Bridge

The sequel to Devil's Bridge At thirteen, Ben Daggett, a Martha's Vineyard local, takes a summer job as first mate on a charter boat and plans to spend the...

"...-old boy seduced by the thrill of dangerous friendship and, despite intentions, drawn..."

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice

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Holes

A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice...

"...a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake - it has been dry for over a hundred years - and it's hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each..."

Louis Sachar Louis Sachar

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I Am Not Joey Pigza

Just when Joey Pigza’s wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a...

"...Pigza’s life, a favorite hero discovers what identity and forgiveness really mean, and how to cook..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Joey Pigza Loses Control

The sequel to Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist. When Joey Pigza meets his dad for the first time in years, he meets a grown-up...

"...disaster, Joey emerges as a sympathetic hero, and his heart of gold never loses its shine..."

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired." Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud...

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What Would Joey Do?

"Hard to believe that Joey is the almost-normal one in this third and last installment in the chronicles of Joey Pigza . . . It's not just a funny story with...

"..."Hard to believe that Joey is the almost-normal one in this third and last installment in the chronicles of Joey Pigza . . . It's not just a funny story with.... Sequel to Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book Are they flirting or fighting? This is Joey Pigza's question when the fireworks..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight side-splitting stories about a boy who is doing his best to keep his head above water As...

"...of the life of an adolescent and preadolescent boy.”. "Slapstick is nicely balanced with reflection..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Jack on the Tracks

Four Seasons of Fifth Grade

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, nine semi-autobiographical stories that will make you laugh so hard it hurts...

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Heads or Tails

Stories from the Sixth Grade

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, eight more hysterical semi-autobiographical Jack Henry stories about a sixth grader’s trials and...

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Jack's New Power

Stories from a Caribbean Year

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt, life for Jack Henry in a brand-new place is filled with the same old craziness...

"...Jack Henry, the hero of Heads or Tails: Stories from Sixth Grade, is back. It is the summer after sixth grade and Jack and his offbeat family have relocated to.... Jack Henry, the hero of Heads or Tails: Stories from Sixth Grade, is back. It is the summer after sixth grade and Jack and his offbeat family have relocated to Barbados. But even in a tropical paradise, Jack is plagued by misadventure. He gets a violent case of blood poisoning (after chasing a headless chicken), discove..."

Jack Gantos Jack Gantos

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Jack's Black Book

From the Newbery Medal–winning author of Dead End in Norvelt,  the uproarious final volume of Jack Henry stories

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The Missing Manatee

A tribute to Florida, fishing, and family All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod - and to keep everything else in his...

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice

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Rex Zero and the End of the World

Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero, wonders as he rides his bike through Ottawa’s streets. Is...

"...Why does everyone seem so scared? That’s what the new boy in town, Rex Norton-Norton, aka Rex Zero..."

Tim Wynne-Jones Tim Wynne-Jones

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Rex Zero, King of Nothing

In sixth grade now, the wildly imaginative Rex Zero and his friends hatch a plan to replace Miss Garr, the substitute teacher from hell, and Rex takes on the...

"...of his hero with truly troublesome undercurrents of adult concerns that disturb his peace." —Bulletin..."

Tim Wynne-Jones Tim Wynne-Jones

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Running the Dogs

Talmidge Cotton’s daddy is the kind of person who believes Christmas presents are for Christmas, not two days before. So on the day before Christmas Eve, Tal...

"..., a boy learns that even though life doesn’t always follow your plans, things still sometimes turn out..."

Thomas Cochran

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