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Books for Boys who Don’t Like to Read

Books for Reluctant Readers

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Pretty much all the parents I interact with regularly say they want their child to be an avid reader. Most adults recognize the benefits of reading even if they themselves don’t read as much as they would like.

During the younger years, children are interested and engaged in reading. They love afternoon story time; they look forward to their bedtime story. As time goes on school, friends, and other activities take precedence over reading. Afternoon story times stop, bedtime stories become infrequent.

The child becomes too old, or too cool for such juvenile activities as reading. This is the situation I’m discovering with my 8 to 14-year-old nieces and nephews. From what I could gather, at their age, reading is an activity reserved only for the biggest of nerds. It’s something no cool person would ever do.

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Now, lucky for them, they have a very cool aunt who enjoys reading and if they want to spend summers and holidays with said cool aunt; they will have to read.

Obviously, there can be several root causes for a young person’s reluctance to read. I’m not qualified to help you deal with that. But what I can do is help you get past the peer pressure young people are facing when it comes to reading.

The simplest way to combat this is to find books that are interesting and relatable enough to engage young people and have them excited to find out what happens next.

Interestingly enough, my nieces and nephews were interested in very different books. Which is why I’ve made two lists.

With action, adventure and a healthy dose of danger the young reader in your life will love these books.

Books for Boys who Don’t Like to Read

The Beast of Cretacea

by Todd Strasser

Books for boys who don’t like to read the beast of cretacea by todd strasser


432 pages | Candlewick Press | October 13, 2015

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When seventeen-year-old Ishmael wakes up from stasis aboard the Pequod, he is amazed by how different this faraway planet is from the dirty, dying, Shroud-covered Earth he left behind. But Ishmael isn’t there to marvel at the fresh air, sunshine, and endless blue ocean. He’s there to work, risking his life to hunt down great ocean-dwelling beasts to harvest and send back to the resource-depleted Earth—and getting paid handsomely in exchange. Only it isn’t a life of luxury that Ishmael dreams of; it’s a way to get his foster parents safely off the crumbling Earth before it’s too late. Read More


by M. M. Vaughan

Books for boys who don’t like to read the ability by M. M. Vaughan


330 Pages | Margaret K. McElderry Books | April 23rd 2013

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Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this thrilling start to a middle-grade series that expands the possibilities of power.
No one has any confidence in twelve-year-old Christopher Lane. His teachers discount him as a liar and a thief, and his mom doesn’t have the energy to deal with him. But a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education indicates that Chris might have some potential after all: He is invited to attend the prestigious Myers Holt Academy. Read More

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by Sean Austin

Books for boys who don't like reading Echo's revenge by sean austin


254 Pages | AAA Reality Games | June 16, 2013

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The entire gaming community, including top competitor Claire Hamilton, is in awe of fourteen-year-old Reggie King who can take just minutes to destroy the demonic game boss, ECHO-6, in the bestselling video game, ECHO’S Revenge. Reggie can’t wait to test himself against the game’s new and improved monster: ECHO-7. To Reggie, ECHO’S Revenge is more than just a game; it’s his way to escape the harsh reality at home. Read More


by Rick Riordan

books for boys who don’t like to read the lightening thief by rick riordan


376 Pages | Disney Hyperion Books | March 1, 2016

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. Read More


by Louis Sachar

Books for boys who don’t like to read holes by louis sachar


233 Pages | Scholastic | September 2, 2000

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Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. Read More

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by Roald Dahl

Books for boys who don’t like to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


176 Pages | Puffin | June 2, 2005

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Read More


by Mick Bogerman

Books for boys who don’t like reading how to navigate zombie cave and defeat pirate pete by mike bergerman


112 Pages | Slug Pie Stories | July 24, 2014

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Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother Finley is tied up at the beach. Literally–Mick tied him up. No one needs a little brother tagging along when you’re going to slay the undead.
But Mick soon wishes he’d taken some human company with him, because lurking in every corner Read More


by Brian Selznick

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525 Pages | Scholastic Press | January 30, 2007

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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. Read More

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by Timothy Zahn

Books for boys who don’t like reading dragon and thief by timothy zahn


256 Pages | Starscape | March 1, 2003

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Jack Morgan 13 has a dragon on his back – literally. The warrior K’da species are symbiotes, can only live six hours without their humanoid host. Draycos 30s is the sole survivor of the three ships destroyed scouting for their refugees, and Jack is the only possible choice. They may be an odd couple, but together they’re more than the sum of their parts. Read More


by Thomas Rockwell

Books for boys who don't like to read how to eat fried worms by thomas rockwell


128 Pages | Yearling | July 11, 2006

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Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is “The bigger and juicier, the better!” At first Billy’s problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Read More


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