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10 Fun Book Series for Tween Boys

My 10 year old son is an avid reader who tends to gravitate toward popular series for his age group. I thought it would be fun to share his top 10 favorite series (in no particular order). These reflect his interest in fantasy, adventure, humor and middle school antics, which I expect many tween boys (and some girls too) share. With the exception of The Heroes of Olympus, all of these books have main characters who are tween boys (at least at the beginning of the series).

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • About a young wizard named Harry who goes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Main character's age throughout series: 11 - 17
  • Books in series: 7
  • Genre: Fantasy

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • About a boy named Percy who finds out he's a demigod son of Poseidon and has many adventures that involve Greek mythical creatures and gods
  • Main character's age throughout series: 12 - 16
  • Books in series: 5
  • Genre: Fantasy

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • A sequel to the Percy Jackson series that features Percy and several new characters
  • Main characters' ages throughout the series: 16 - 17
  • Books in series: 5
  • Genre: Fantasy

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage
  • About a boy named Septimus Heap who is the seventh son of a seventh son so he has magical powers
  • Main character's age throughout the series: 10 - 14
  • Books in series: 7
  • Genre: Fantasy

The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
  • About a boy named Gregor and his adventures in a land under New York City called Underland
  • Main character's age throughout series: 11 - 12
  • Books in series: 5
  • Genre: Fantasy

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  • About a boy named Hiccup who is part of a Viking tribe that trains dragons as their pets
  • Main character's age throughout series: 10 1/2 - 18
  • Books in series: 11 so far
  • Genre: Fantasy

Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  • About a boy named Dwight who creates an origami Yoda that gives advice to his classmates
  • Main character's age throughout series: 6th - 7th grade
  • Books in series: 6
  • Genre: realistic middle grade fiction

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • About a boy named Greg who writes in a diary about his daily life and struggles in middle school
  • Main character's age throughout the series: 6th - 8th grade
  • Books in series: 9 so far
  • Genre: realistic middle grade fiction/graphic novel

The Genius Files by Dan Gutman
  • About boy-girl twins named Coke and Pepsi who get caught up in a secret government project while on a cross-country trip with their parents.
  • Main characters' ages throughout the series: 12-13
  • Books in series: 4 so far
  • Genre: action adventure

Swindle by Gordon Korman
  • About a boy named Griffin and his friends who work together to make sure justice is served
  • Main characters' ages throughout the series: 6th grade
  • Books in series: 6 so far
  • Genre: action adventure

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  1. Sitting here with my 10 year old looking over my shoulder and he agrees with all of them. The only ones we haven't read are: Swindle and Septimus Heap. Headed to the library to check them out! Thanks for sharing such a great list!

    1. Great! I hope he likes them!! And let me know if he has others to add. We're always looking for new ideas too.

  2. You basically listed every book my husband has read. ;) He used to teach 7th and 8th grade English, and he read all of the books before putting them in his classroom library. He still enjoys reading the YA books! (He is a literacy coach now for high schools.) This is such a great list!

    1. That's great to hear! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. This list is awesome! My kids read a ton and I'm constantly trying to find new books for them to read. Thanks!

    1. I'm glad it's helpful! I hope they enjoy some new books!


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