You will find everything from the oh-so-famous Harry Potter, to a couple of classics, to one of our favorite graphic novels. All of these book series for 9 – 12 year old boys are page turners.
They are packed with excitement and in all of them at least one of the main characters is a boy.
Try getting a few of these book series for boys and see which one your boy likes best.
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Book Series for 9 – 12 Year Old Boys
Mystery Book Series for 9 – 12 Year Old Boys
I read all of the books in the The Mysterious Benedict Society series and I really enjoyed them. It begins with an unusual letter and a mysterious mission – exciting! The kids in the book are each highly intelligent in their own way. Unusual and unique series not to be missed.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – 1The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey – 2The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma – 3The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict – 4
Time Travel Book Series for Boys 9 – 12 Years Old
In A Wrinkle in Time a girl, a boy, a missing father and a mysterious stranger who speaks of a tesseract. Thus begins a quest through space in this wonderous classic book series
Fantasy Book Series for 9 – 12 Year Old Boys
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia Series) is another classic set of books that deserve attention. Step through the wardrobe to adventures one could only begin to imagine. Written in the early 50’s these books have endured and are as enjoyable today as they were back then. The order in which to read these books is at question. Some start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe while others start with the The Magician’s Nephew. This website covers the two different reading orders.
The Magician’s Nephew – 1The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – 2 The Horse and His Boy – 3Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia – 4The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 5 The Silver Chair – 6The Last Battle – 7
These are the books my son plowed through by staying up very late into the night. For many boys these were the books that led to a love of chapter books. The series starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and moves on through the exciting story of Harry and his friends as they grow up and work to defeat he who must not be named. The stories do get quite a bit darker as the kids grow up. It was tough to decide which post I should put this series into. It spans quite a few age groups.
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone – 1Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 2Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – 3Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – 4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 7Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: 1-7
Redwall (Redwall series) is an anthropomorphic fantasy story that animal lovers and those who cheer for the underdog will thoroughly enjoy. There is plenty of action and enough humor to keep everyone who reads this series quite happy. This is another series which can be read more than one way – by publication date or in chronological order. The author (and I) recommend reading them in the order they were written. I have shown the first 6 books. There are 20+ books which should keep those who like Redwall happy for a long, long time!
The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy) begins with humiliation and leads to a quest for revenge and magic too powerful for a young boy to handle. Highly rated and worth a try for a boy who likes fantasy and dry wit.
Comedy, Dark Humor Book Series for Boys Age 9 – 12
The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (Series of Unfortunate Events) is crazy popular for both its humor and its darkish plot. A book that starts with the children’s parents dying in a fire isn’t really sunny and happy now is it? Follow the orphans through their sorry tale of woe where although they are quite nice indeed they have a series of terrible (or unfortunate) things happen to them.
The Bad Beginning – 1The Reptile Room – 2The Wide Window – 3The Miserable Mill – 4The Austere Academy – 5The Ersatz Elevator – 6The Vile Village – 7The Hostile Hospital – 8The Carnivorous Carnival – 9The Slippery Slope – 10The Grim Grotto – 11The Penultimate Peril – 12The End – 13The Complete Wreck Books 1-13
Mythology, Adventure Book Series for 9 – 12 Year Old Boys
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) has been a big hit and I know of one boy who read through the series so fast that his mom was completely shocked because he had not read chapter books before. The series starts with Percy at boarding school and his algebra teacher may have just turned into a monster and tried to kill him. Super for fans of greek myth and mythology this series is a winner for boys 9 and up.
Adventure Book Series for Boys Age 9 – 12
The Outcasts (The Brotherband Chronicles) written by the same author as The Ranger’s Apprentice (for info on that series see our 9 Thrilling Book Series for Teen Boys That They Won’t Be Able to Put Down) writes this exciting series that is good for younger boys. Skandians, Wolves and Sharks – bands that fight against each other. Training, friendship, tests and battles all lead to a good set of books.
Another book with an orphan as the main character (poor parents)! The False Prince (Ascendence Trilogy) has no magic in it but is instead a book based on politics and a kingdom close to civil war. A search for a puppet prince leads to the main character who has to stay on his toes while surrounded by danger, lies and a whole lot of action.
Science Fiction Book Series for Boys
The City of Ember is an interesting debut to The Book of Ember series. Long ago the city of Ember was built as a refuge for humans after a holocaust-type situation. It was their last hope. But now the lights begin to flicker and the two main characters, one boy and one girl who are both 12-years-old, need to figure out how to escape – in order to survive.
Graphic Novel Book Series for Age 9 – 12 Boys
Mouse Guard : Fall 1152 – Book 1
Mouse Guard : Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard Series) is the first in a 3-book graphic novel series that I can’t say enough good things about.
The series is exciting and it is beautifully illustrated.
We read this series so many times! I think your boys will really enjoy it!
Actually, this is one series that we wish was much, much longer. Highly Recommended!
Well, there you have it, the very best book series for 9 – 12 year old boys.
If we missed a series that your boy thinks should go on this list, just leave a comment. We always enjoy hearing from you.
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