Keeping teenage boys engaged with reading isn’t always easy. At a time in their lives when instant gratification thrill-seeking instincts are in the driving seat, books for teenage boys have to compete with the higher adrenalin kicks and quicker pay-offs of sport and computer games, the social approval of hanging out with peer groups and the no-brain-input-required of easy watching TV box sets. The odds aren’t good.
To compete with those alternatives, books for teenage boys need to offer thrills, excitement and the kind of page-turning compulsion that keeps them reading even when the technology is calling. Not to mention, stretching them to new emotional levels and providing insight into themselves and the world they are about to inherit.
This is my list of books for teenage boys that simply cannot be dismissed as boring! As long as you can get him to start one of these books, he won’t want to put it down! (Got younger boys? See these recommendations!)
By Oliver Bowden. An epic tale of vengeance, honour, and a fight for justice that features real historical characters like Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli. Enough to give Call of Duty a run for it’s money! (15 yrs+)
By Cressida Cowell. Full of fabulous alliterative prose and a wonderful use of words, this book can inspire a real love of language. It also has a cracking plot and lots of humour and a whole series of follow up books to read if he enjoys it! (12 yrs+)
By Michael Morpurgo. This is a challenging read in terms of the language, the historical setting and the harrowing emotions. But there is so much in here to appeal to boys (who, let’s face it, wouldn’t otherwise touch an historical love story with a barge pole!). A wonderful treatise on what it means to be a man and what it feels like to experience loss and war and have a deep bonded relationship. (13 yrs+)
By Philip Pullman. A spine-tingling page-turner of a fantasy with a real sense of urgency which means you just can’t put it down! Love, danger, bravery and a mysterious world in which anything can happen – a book to lose yourself in and wish you hadn’t finished it so quickly. (12 yrs+)
If you have found these recommendations helpful or have experience of great books for teenage boys to add to this list, please do comment and let us all know!
This is not a sponsored post – these are all books that have been recommended by teenage boys! It does however contain affiliate links, which means that if you click through from this post to Amazon and buy one of the books I will receive a small fee. See Disclosure Notice for more info.
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