10 Fun Summer Reads for Boys Ages 11-14

Ever since I posted 10 Fun Summer Reads for Girls Ages 11-14, folks have been asking me if I’m planning to post one for boys. Here it is, friends, a couple of weeks later than I’d thought to post it, but better late than never πŸ™‚ – 10 books that your boys will enjoy and benefit from and which you won’t have to worry about handing off to them. (As a side note, girls of the same age will probably enjoy some of these, too, but they are a little more geared toward boys’ interests, in my opinion. πŸ™‚ This list was hard to make — not because of the *lack* of books, but because there are so many great ones for this age group! I can’t wait to get to the next few lists for younger and older readers, as well as the read-aloud list.

{As with the list for girls, all the book covers are clickable affiliate links.}

1. This historical fiction adventure involves a young boy named Johnny who finds courage in the midst of a revolution. Really excellent, exciting, and thought-provoking reading!

2. This book has a really interesting (well, to me, anyway!) character at the forefront: Pocahontas’ son, who returns to America. It is well-researched and adventurous!

3. Another Colonial American one, this is the first in a series that goes through American history. This series is great for kids even a little younger than this age group, but it’s also entirely appropriate for 11-14-year-olds.

4. This is just a fun, slightly scary adventure – and a classic!

5. Usually, when I think of Lousia May Alcott,Β Little Women comes to mind – classic girls-oriented literature. But this gifted author also wrote an equally wonderful novel for boys (well, girls may read it, too! πŸ™‚ ) — and this is it! πŸ™‚

6. Oh, Marguerite Henry! You wrote such engaging books! For any horse-loving boy in your family, this is a great read… and there are lots more Marguerite Henry books, too, if he likes this one!

7. Such a beautiful heartfelt story of a boy and his dog! (There are sequels to this as well.)

8. This one found its way to the girls’ list, too… It is just too good for either gender to pass up! A Jewish teenager in the first century joins a rebel Israeli band in order to defeat the Romans… but he finds that he must conquer the hatred in his heart, instead.

9. A medieval story how a lame boy discovers the “door in the wall” that God provides so that he might fulfill his father’s wishes.

10. This is the first in Frank Peretti’s Cooper Kids series — They are all well-written and exciting, besides strongly portraying in a biblical way the spiritual battle in which we are engaged. Highly recommended! (Note that these have some pretty intensely frightening moments.)

11. Yes, here’s a bonus one! πŸ™‚ I completely forgot about this series and really wanted to include it because it is so good for boys in this age-group. If your young man likes sports, friends, and mystery, then this is a super series for him. It starts with this book, but you can pick up anywhere in the series:


So that’s 10 – er, 11! I hope that this list is a helpful resource for you, friends. πŸ™‚ Next up will be a list of books appropriate for family read-alouds, whether around the campfire or cozied up together inside.
Grace and peace,


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12 Comments, RSS

  1. Liberty Bluebelle June 6, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

    Thank you! The Pocahontas book was one of my favorites growing up, but I never thought to look to see if the author wrote anything else. Big Red was another of my favorites. And Johnny Tremain. And Little Men. And Justin Morgan Had A Horse. And Kidnapped. They’re all so well written. =) Another great book for boys is “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch”. Based on a historical seaman who helped change the way navigation was done back in the 1700s, or early 1800s. Favorite quote from that book (roughly) ” ‘You have someone who can read lunars?’ ‘Every man on ship can read lunars.’ ” =D

    Thank you again for this post.



    “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” II Corinthians 3:17

  2. Julie June 7, 2017 @ 3:01 am

    Thanks for sharing these. We own a few of them:)
    Visiting from #TestimonyTuesday

  3. Michele Morin June 7, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    These are some wonderful recommendations, many of them classic reads that we enjoyed when my boys were all in that age range!

  4. Mandy Hughes June 8, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

    I have an eleven you old son and we are always searching for a good read. Thanks for the list! I loved ‘Big Red’ when I was young. Brought back good memories seeing that on the list πŸ˜‰

  5. Marissa June 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    Love this list! It’s always so hard to find good books for this age range of boys… they want action… books tend to be slow…

  6. Cindy M. Jones June 8, 2017 @ 7:38 pm

    Many of my favorites! My boys loved to read when they were younger. Now they are adults and are writing their own. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Linda S June 8, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

    Love this list! You’ve included several of our favorites – I think we have a copy of most of these on our own bookshelves. The sports book is new to me though, will have to check it out.
    Thanks for sharing at this week’s Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop!

  8. Maree Dee June 8, 2017 @ 10:39 pm

    Great post. My boy is all grown up. I sure would have loved this back when he was that age. Visiting from Holly’s link-up. Maree

  9. Crystal June 13, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

    My son loved Big Red! What a great list. We always used summer to refresh the love of reading for pleasure.

  10. Tina at Mommynificent June 14, 2017 @ 4:38 am

    Great, great list! I think my girls would like every single one of these, and either way, I’m saving it till my boys hit this age range!!! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

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