Best Books for Tween Boys

Linda Fears, Family Circle's editor-in-chief, asked readers to recommend books for her 12-year-old son, and you sure did respond! Check out your favorites and find new picks for your kids here.

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The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, by Heather Brewer

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"This set of books follows a young male vampire through junior and senior high. My son plowed through each one and has them proudly displayed on his bookshelf."

—Marian Flanigan


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The Maze Runner, by James Dashner

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"A boy wakes up in a big steel elevator that dropped him in the middle of a glade with no memory of anything except how to survive. It's like a modern Lord of the Flies. A great story!"

—Kelli Self


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Lockdown, by Walter Dean Myers

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"Urban fiction that's usually gritty—but that's why middle school boys love him."

—Lisha Viens


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Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen

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"A wonderful read filled with Native American wisdom that puts a young man in a situation that demands him to change his attitude. He's forced to look at the life-long impact his actions and behavior have on himself and others his age."

—Barbara Schneider


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The Last Apprentice, by Joseph Delaney

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"The seventh son of a seventh son learns to fight the dark. Books in this series are still being published."

—Rachael Fielding


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Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz

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"It's the James Bond for kids."

—Kelli Self


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Cirque du Freak, by Darren Shan

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"My son read all of the books in this supernatural series when he was in middle school."

—Margaret Staab


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Pyrates, by Chris Archer

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"The story follows a New York City boy and his friends as they follow an old treasure map through underground tunnels. I read them to my third-grade class—my students are hooked!"

—Wendy Lyon


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Hero, by Mike Lupica

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"A great sports book writer."

—Lisha Viens


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Little Britches, by Ralph Moody

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"My son grew up thinking he was a cowboy, so this series about a boy in the early 1900s who has to provide for his family after the death of his father, was perfect for him."

—Denise Critcher


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Kingdom Keepers, by Ridley Pearson

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"Five teenagers struggle against the forces of evil as they fight to save Walt Disney World."

—Pat Hines


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The Giver, Lois Lowry

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"Part of a loose trilogy. Lowry is an amazing author."

—Kami Peterson

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