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Best books for 10 year old boys

Updated on February 9, 2016

In looking at great books for 10 year old boys, I picked ones which not only entertained, but also had some deeper meaning or underlying lessons to learn. All of these books although different are very good. I could not seriously say that any one book is perfect. To find the perfect book, for a boy, you need to match the child to the story.

I am a bit of a sucker for the classics, so it should not come as a surprise that I have included a few of them here.

So lets get on with reviewing the very best books for 10 year old boys.

The lightning thief

The lightning thief is about a boy, Percy, who finds out that he is the son of Poseidon, making him a human god half-breed. After learning that he is a half-breed Percy is shipped off to a camp for people like him. After learning more about his powers and making some friends Percy finds out that Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen. He eventually goes on a quest to retrieve the it and save the world.

Because of who his parents are, Percy suffers from ADHD. I think the book does a good job of introducing and explaining the disease to a child.

The writer has a great writing style and sense of humor, also I enjoyed all the characters which where borrowed from Greek mythology. Unsurprisingly the book may very well create an interest in Greek mythology, in it's young readers.

The book is the first of a series of 5. I recommend getting the box set with the first 3 books. I am sure once the boy it's for, reads the first one, he will want to read the rest.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is written by one of my favorite authors JR Tolkien. Perhaps more famous for his Lord of the rings trilogy, which got made into blockbuster movies. What not everyone realizes is that all these books where actually written for children, specifically for author's 2 boys.

The story revolves around Bilbo Baggins a reluctant hero who gets roped into having the adventure of a lifetime. He joins Gandalf the Grey(a wizard) and a group of dwarfs on a quest to retrieve their lost treasure, from a terrible dragon. On this quest he wins the 'one ring' in a contest of wits. The ring turns the user invisible and is central to the Lord of the ring's story line.

This isn't the easiest read for a 10 year old and it's fairly lengthy, but absolutely worth the effort.

Artemis Fowl

The book is a Comedy about the anti-hero Artemis Fowl. He planning to get his hands on the fairies' pot of gold. But Artemis isn't planning to go chasing rainbows. Instead this evil genius plans to kidnap one of the fairies to get their gold.

I would call this book devilishly funny for young and old.


These horror stories are some light reading fun for 10 year olds. Goosebumps have been publishing these books for a while now and they have gotten good at being entertaining without being too scary. This has made the books very popular kids.

I would recommend the series for boys who aren't motivated to take on large literary works.

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl has to be one of the best children's writers ever, I can still remember reading his fanciful stories as a boy.

In this book he introduces us to James Henry Trotter who loses his parents in a horrible rhinoceros accident. He then has to live with his two wicked aunts. After three years he feels both sad and lonely. One day a man gives James a bag of magic crystals to help him escape his misery. James accidentally spills the crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree. From the old tree a single giant peach grows. James climbs inside the giant fruit and rolls away to a great adventure.

A good book really can take your child on a magical journey.

If you enjoyed best books for 10 year old boys you should also read best toys for 10 year old boys.

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      6 years ago

      1.The Graveyard Book

      2.Johnny Tremain

      3.Harris & Me

      4.The Thief of Always

      5. Brothers of War

      You should check these out.

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      Shawn Kelley 

      8 years ago

      I agree with your choices for 10-year-old boys. I've read all of them. I am a sucker for Young Adult fiction. It's one of my favorites. I am a writer. At least, I want to be. I am unpublished. But I did put excerpts from two of my manuscripts. Would you mind looking at them and tell me what you think. Both are on my Hub. You can find me by going to Hubbers - Shawn Kelley. If you like them I'll put more up. I write with three things in mind. 1-Action. It's not always easy to keep the attention pre-teens, so I keep my stories action packed. 2-Morals. All of my heroes are morally sound people. I always show how they struggle with making sure to always do the right thing -no matter how hard it is or whether or not the decisions are popular. And 3-relating to the reader. I try to show the readers that just because the story is about a hero or a person with supernatural powers, they are very much human, making the same hard choices the readers are faced with everyday. If you don't want to read it, that's cool. And if you don't like it, that's cool too. But if you don't, could you tell me why? Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      you should put more books on this website for instance Alex Rider

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      8 years ago

      the percy jackson books by rick riordan (ryer-din) are the BEST! books!

      i hope u will enjoy them

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      8 years ago

      Good suggestions. My 10 year old also enjoyed Harry Potter, all the Star Wars kids books by Jude Watson, and the Redwall series.


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