Books for Boys

Frequently, I am asked for my recommendations for quality books for children and teens to read.  Today, I offer a dozen titles that would be of particular interest to older boys around 12-18 years old.  I have read all of the books listed below and our family has enjoyed them, but parents should familiarize themselves with the contents to determine its suitability for their family.  What one person finds objectionable, another person doesn’t. 

  1.  Books by G.A. Henty (historical fiction)  We enjoyed In Freedom’s Cause.  Many others have enjoyed The Cat of Bubastes.
  2. James Herriot’s series (His experiences as a veterinarian – hilarious) See All Creatures Great and Small.  Also at this link you can read a brief bio of Herriot and gather some other information on his stories.
  3. The Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff (adventure)
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Christian fantasy) 
  5. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (Civil War story)
  6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London (dog story set in Yukon Gold Rush)
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (adventure)
  8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
  9. By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (Gold Rush)
  10. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (science fiction)
  11. Captain’s Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (boy learns responsibility)