Great Books for Boys Who Don't Like to Read

A Listmania! list by Maeve
The list author says: "Here are several page-turning wicked-fun brilliant-adventure books that boys love. Most of these are aimed at 5th - 8th graders, although several have cross-up appeal for older students and adults who love good stories. Read on!"
The Traitor King (Colorado Book Award Finalist)
1.  The Traitor King (Colorado Book Award Finalist) by Todd Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Adventure, Mystery, Great Characters, and Celtic Mythology --this book is definitely a must read page turner. Nice family tension throughout. A fun, compelling, clean read for 5th graders and up."
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
2.  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "Boys love this book. Great voice, it takes off fast, and explores Greek mythology."
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The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1)
3.  The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
The list author says:
  "A great trilogy for readers who want something edgier than Harry Potter. Very fun and intriguing. Good for older boys 7th and up."
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Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1)
4.  Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "Introduces a neat new world. Light, but fast-paced and compelling."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (753 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Airborn
5.  Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
The list author says:
  "A classic adventure in balloons!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
6.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The list author says:
  "Beautiful and unique book."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (607 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Maniac Magee
7.  Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The list author says:
  "Classic Spinelli. A fun and powerful look into race relations."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (818 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Adventures of Blue Avenger
8.  The Adventures of Blue Avenger by Norma Howe
The list author says:
  "For a slightly older boy audience (8th grade and up), quirky fun with a great message."
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
9.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "This classic takes off like a rocket and doesn't slow down. Better for older boys (8th and up)."
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