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Books for 12 Year Old Boys
The Best Books for 12 Year Old Boys
Are you looking for top books for 12 year old boys. This article features lots of suggestions of books from all kinds of genres including science fiction, fantasy, manga and anime, factual books, sports books, biographies, true life stories and more.
Obviously the best books for 12 year old boys will depend upon their interests, reading ability and personality. The article aims to give suggestions for reluctant readers as well as more the more advanced. Even if you don't find the exact book your looking for, it should get you thinking and give you more ideas.
The article also features lots of ideas to encourage 12 year old boys to read or read more and there are lots of further resources to give you more ideas of some excellent books.
Read on for popular and good books for 12 year old boys
Bestselling Books and Authors for 12 Year Old Boys
If you're not sure what's currently popular with 12 year old boys, it's worth checking out bestseller lists to see what other children are buying and reading.
As well as giving you specific books, it also give you ideas of authors to check out. One of the bestselling authors on the young adult list at the moment is James Patterson. James Patterson writes for both adults and kids and his children's books are extremely popular.
Check out one below.
It's also worth checking the bestselling lists on amazon as their lists are updated more frequently.
This book is one from the bestselling Middle School Series.
Follow the hero Rafe Khatchadorian who s going to Summer school camp. He makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids. Rafe soon realizes there's more to a person than a nickname, though, and Booger-Eater might be the kind of friend you want on your side!
The Maze Runner is a bestselling book making the New York Bestsellers list and is the movie of the book is about to be released in 2014. So it's a popular read at the moment.
It tells the story of Thomas who wakes up in an elevator but only remember his name. He emerges in an enclosed world with about 60 other teen boys who survive there but can't get out. They are trying to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope when a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change.
This is a page turning book full of action and suspense.
The School Library Association recommends The Hunger Games for kids in year 7 and up but beware it can be a brutal in places.
It tells the story of the USA in the future. It's been divided into 12 different districts and has been hit by famine and war.
Eacn year two teenage participants from each district are selected to take part in The Hunger Games. The story's main character 16 year old Katniss is cast into the televised games where she must fight for her life in harsh terrain against the other contestants.
The main thing about reading for kids is that the reading must be fun. This will encourage them to pick up more books. There are some great factual and fun books that many 12 year old boys will love. Check some out below.
Find out the answers of all the questions you wanted to ask.
Why do we have eyebrows? What's a black hole and what happens if you fall into one? What's the fastest a human is capable of running? Why do wet fingers stick to metal in the freezer? Where is the deepest point on Earth? And lots more.
Lots of new and updated records. Lots of new photos in this new edition.
Lots of stuff to get 12 year old boys investigating and active.
Features chapters on gross stuff, magic, emergencies, fireworks, games, experiments, jokes, activities, insults, pets, flying things, and duct tape!
Lots of fun and interesting project.
More than 700 updated lists revealing exactly who or what is the best, worst, richest, deadliest, biggest, or baddest of almost everything under the sun! Featuring over 7,000 of the most intriguing facts about history, science, sports, music, movies, nature, people, and places, this fascinating full-color resource will astonish, inform, entertain, and educate.
This book is full of crazy (and gross) facts and amazing pictures which will fascinate boys of this age.
To give you an idea, it includes the kitten who came out an exhaust pipe, the “mystery marbles” that fell from the England sky, the bus inside of which you can ride your bike.
How To Find the Best Books for 12 Year Old Boys
This article has some great ideas to get you started on books for 12 year old boys but if you can't find anything here, there are some great resources on the Internet and around you to find more great books.
We have already mentioned the New York Times Bestseller lists and this is a great place to start.
Library - the library is a great place as you can try books and authors out without having to waste any money. It may also be well worth asking the librarian if they have any ideas as they will be familiar with the kinds of books other 12 year olds borrow.
Friends and Family - Friends and family may be able to offer suggestions of books they enjoyed or their own children enjoyed aged 12. They may also have kids of the same age and be able to suggest books and ideas other people have borrowed.
Amazon - It's worth exploring the amazon website as they have tons of reviews of the books you may be interested in to give you an idea if they are any good. You can also read samples of books that interest you. Additionally there are bestselling lists and editor recommendations of books as well as a selection of top books chosen every month.
Teachers - Don't forget teachers! Teachers teach 12 year olds every year so they should know books other kids have enjoyed.
Other websites - There are absolutely tons of websites to give you ideas. Just doing a few google searches will point you in the right direction.
One good website is Goodreads.com - there are tons of book reviews and you can search via all kinds of categories including middle grade.
Royal Ranger's Apprentice Series
The Royal Ranger's Apprentice is a series of fantasy books. The author John Flannagan originally wrote the them as a series of short stories for his son to get him interested in reading. Ten years later, he decided to publish them as a book.
Book 1 is featured below.
Its not too far in the future and the USA has collapsed due to drought, famine and war. It has been replaced by a state called Panem which is divided into 2 district. Every year, two students from each district are selected to compete in the Hunger games when the object of the game is to eliminate the other contestants. This story is compelling, enthralling and will keep the reader on edge. Not just for 12 year old boys, adults and older kids will love it too.
Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers
In the age of video games, tablets and 24 hour media its often hard to get 12 year old boys to read rather than participating in more screen time. If the 12 year old you know is a reluctant reader here are a few strategies to encourage them to read.
Offer a wide range of reading material - Reading doesn't have to be reading a classic novel. Some boys prefer non fiction, visual books, graphic novels, magazines or other reading material. If they are reading they are improving their literacy and increasing their vocabulary.
Make sure they have access to books and reading material - This may sound obvious but not everybody follows this advice. Make sure that there are lots of books in your home that 12 year old boys can pick up if they want to. It does't just have to be books, buy magazines that they may be interested in. Even if they are reading a video games magazine or sports stats book, it will improve their reading ability.
Take them to a bookstore to choose a book - Treat your 12 year old to a book store trip. Let them have a certain amount they are free to spend on a book and choose it themselves. This will encourage them to find something they really like.
Start them on a series - If you do choose a book for them, choose one that is the first in a series. Therefore if they like it, they will just read the rest in the series without you having to nag them to read!
Amazon Best Book Lists from 2013
Amazon have a best book list for the age group between 9 and 12 for 2013.
Escape from Mr Lemoncello's library has been voted one of amazon's best books for this age group.
It's a mix between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night at the Museum.
The author Chris Grabenstein has already been a co-author a New York Times Bestselling Book I Funny with James Patterson.
Stanley Yelnats is at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility as it was a better alternative to jail. His conviction was a case of mistaken identity but it still means he has to spend all day digging holes as the warden believes taking a bad boy and making him dig a hole all day will turn him into a good boy.
Stanley is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific.
A compelling and unusual story. A must read for 12 year old boys.
Stormbreaker - Graphic Novels
Graphic novels often appeal to 12 year old boys because they are very visual in nature. They can often be quite good choice for more reluctant readers.
The graphic novel is about 14 year old Alex Rider who lived with his Uncle until he died suddenly.
Alex discovers that his recently deceased Uncle was in fact a spy.
Alex is recruited to finish the mission that his Uncle never did.
Manga are comic styled books which tends to be associated with Japanese comics and orginated from there although now there is mange from other countries too. The books are often published in a Japanese format, which means the books seems to be printed backwards with the front cover at the back. This is how manga is published in Japan and many publishers like to keep this original format.
Manga is getting increasingly popular with 12 year olds and teenagers. They are often attracted by their visual comic style and compelling storylines.
If you are a 12 year old boy who is not really interested in the classic fiction or factual books mentioned in this article, reading manga can give you a love of reading that you never realised you had. You'll be clambering to read more and more. Check out some ideas below.
Naruto must pass the difficult test to enter the Ninja Academy; deal with his rival, Konohamaru; and learn to get along with his new classmates. Assigned to a three-person team, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura must survive a brutal test against their upper-level ninja instructor, Kakashi. Only two can pass - will Naruto be one of them?
ikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather's attic-and that's when things get interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the Emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru's consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the "Divine Move" so he'll finally be able to rest in peace? Begin your journey with Hikaru and Sai in this first volume of Hikaru no Go.
More Websites and Resources
Here are a few more websites and resources to consider.
More Science Fiction and Fantasy
Cirque Du Freak tells the story of Darren and his friend Steve who go to the travelling freak show visiting their town with sights such as the snake-boy, the wolf-man, and Larten Crepsley and his giant spider, Madame Octa. They sneak in through broken windows to the theater and end up entangling themselves with vampires and spiders.
Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway.
14 year old Bobby Pendragon is a good student, has a great family, good friends and was lucky enought to have kissed the most perfect girl. But there's something that Bobby never knew about himself, and is about to find out. He's destined to save the world. on an alternate dimension called Denduron. Meanwhile his friends are trying to find Bobby...
Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories-they're dangerous!
Books on Hobbies and Interests
Reading should be fun and many 12 year old boys won't be interested in reading fiction but they may be interested in picking up a book about their favorite sport, hobby or interest. Books that may not seem to offer any literacy value can in fact be teaching a 12 year old book a lot about using a book for research, using the content page properly and learning how to use an index. It can get them used to handling and using books. Books on statistics can be excellent at improving maths skills and literacy. Learn how to read between the lines and pull out statistics that matter and are interesting. Not all reading skills are about pulling apart the plot of a book.
Ideas include books about basketball, skateboarding, video games or cooking.
There have been a few suggestions in the comments book below of some books 12 year old boys may like. Here is a suggestion from one reader.
Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.
It tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, who despite a case of mistaken identity, has found himself at at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility as an alternative to prison.
It's not long before Stanley is immersed in camp life, digging a hole with the other boys to "build character". But it's not long before Stanley realises the warden who's getting them to dig the holes has actually got a more personal reason for getting the boys to dig holes.
Jeremy Fink receives a box the Summer he turns 13 with a message from his deceased father - "the meaning of life - for Jeremy Fink on his 13th birthday".
However, there is no key to open the box so Jeremy and his best friend LIzzie undertake a mission to find one. Their journey takes them across the city of New York where they meet all kinds of characters who give them insights into science, religion, art, friendship, and family.
A book that will make you consider the personal and bigger meaning of life.