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A Dozen Spectacular Book Series 9 – 12 Year Old Boys Will Love

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.

Best of all these are boy approved selections. I used to run a boys book club and also worked at a middle school library so I do know what boys like and what they will actually read.

These books are all excellent! They hit a lot of the important things that will get boys reading such as excitement, good character development, stories that make them want to turn the page and even go on to the next book in the series.

Try getting a few of these book series for boys and see which one your boy likes best.

Looking for series books for 9 - 12 year old boys? This list has some really good books to get (and keep) your boys reading. One dozen exciting series they are sure to enjoy.

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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 StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – 1The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous JourneyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey – 2The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's DilemmaThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma – 3The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas BenedictThe Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict – 4

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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

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)A Wrinkle in Time – 1A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)A Wind in the Door – 2A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)A Swiftly Tilting Planet – 3Many Waters (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)Many Waters – 4An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)An Acceptable Time – 5

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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 (Book 1) (Narnia)The Magician’s Nephew – 1The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – 2 The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia)The Horse and His Boy – 3Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia)Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia – 4The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 5 The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia)The Silver Chair – 6The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia)The Last Battle – 7

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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 StoneHarry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone – 1Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 2Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of AzkabanHarry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban – 3Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Book 4)Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – 4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 5 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 7Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: 1-7

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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!

Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)Redwall – 1Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)Mossflower – 2Mattimeo (Redwall, Book 3)Mattimeo – 3Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, Book 4)Mariel of Redwall – 4Salamandastron (Redwall, Book 5)Salamandastron – 5Martin the Warrior: A Tale from RedwallMartin the Warrior- 6

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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.

The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1)The Amulet of Samarkand – 1The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2)The Golem’s Eye – 2Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3)Ptolemy’s Gate – 3

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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 (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)The Bad Beginning – 1The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)The Reptile Room – 2The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events)The Wide Window – 3The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 4)The Miserable Mill – 4The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 5)The Austere Academy – 5The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 6)The Ersatz Elevator – 6The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, No. 7)The Vile Village – 7The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)The Hostile Hospital – 8The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9)The Carnivorous Carnival – 9The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10)The Slippery Slope – 10The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11)The Grim Grotto – 11The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12)The Penultimate Peril – 12The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13)The End – 13The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13)The Complete Wreck Books 1-13

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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.

The Lightning Thief: Exclusive (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)The Lightning Thief: Exclusive – 1The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)The Sea of Monsters – 2The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)The Titan’s Curse – 3The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)The Battle of the Labyrinth – 4The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)The Last Olympian- 5Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed SetHardcover 5 Book Boxed Set

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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.

The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 (The Brotherband Chronicles)The Outcasts- 1The Invaders: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2 (The Brotherband Chronicles)The Invaders- 2The Hunters: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 3 (The Brotherband Chronicles)The Hunters- 3Slaves of Socorro (The Brotherband Chronicles)Slaves of Socorro – 4Scorpion Mountain (The Brotherband Chronicles)Scorpion Mountain – 5The Ghostfaces (The Brotherband Chronicles)The Ghostfaces – 6

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Here is 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.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1): Book 1 of the Ascendance TrilogyThe False Prince – 1The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2): Book 2 of the Ascendance TrilogyThe Runaway King – 2The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 3): Book 3 of The Ascendance TrilogyThe Shadow Throne – 3

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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.

The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember)The City of Ember – 1The People of Sparks (The City of Ember)The People of Sparks – 2The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3)The Prophet of Yonwood – 3The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember, Book 4)The Diamond of Darkhold – 4

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Graphic Novel Book Series for Age 9 – 12 Boys

Mouse Guard : Fall 1152Mouse 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!

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Mouse Guard: Winter 1152Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 – Book 2Mouse Guard: The Black AxeMouse Guard: The Black Axe – Book 3

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p.s. You can also check out The Legends of the Guard Volume 1Volume 2, and Volume 3  after reading the series. They are companion books written by guest author/illustrators.


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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Jennifer

Monday 2nd of March 2020

There is a book series I read as a kid, and I am hoping one of y’all will recognize it, because I cannot remember the title or author.

It was along the lines of something by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary. A boy ( probably aged 9-12) started out s a very whiny character, but matured. I specifically remember him coming home from school to an empty house, practicing his trumpet, then having an afterschool snack (which was portion controlled because he was pudgy and wanted to lose weight). I think he had trouble making friends, and that his mom being at work rather than home with him was a new thing.

I’m guessing this book was set in the 60’s or 70’s but I’m not positive.

Sheila P

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary maybe?

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 21st of March 2020

I tried all of my resources but was unable to find a book fitting your description. I hope by posting it here, someone will be able to help you find it.

Mariko

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Wow, I’m glad I found your site! My bookworm 10 year old son devours book series and I’ve been struggling to come up with new series to try. He has enjoyed 9 of the series you mentioned, and I will suggest the rest of them! I will need to check out your other lists, too!

Sheila Rogers

Wednesday 26th of June 2019

I'm so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy taking a look at the other lists we have. I am working on additional book lists for boys in this age range as well. I would suggest Best Books for 10 Year Old Boys to start. Thanks much for stopping by and for your nice comment!

Natasha

Sunday 30th of September 2018

After we trad Harry Potter the next series that was similar fantasy wise was Fablehaven! What a fantastic series that is absolutely worth mentioning! I was as hooked as my boy!

Sheila Rogers

Monday 1st of October 2018

Hi Natasha,

Thanks for the suggestion! I love that you both read the series. So wonderful <3 ~Sheila

Trudie

Friday 24th of August 2018

So pleased to have found your site and your book lists for boys! Thank-you! One series we have thoroughly enjoyed is the Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers. It starts with the Bark of the Bog Owl.

Sheila Rogers

Friday 24th of August 2018

Hi Trudie! Thanks so much for your suggestion. I am excited to check this series out. Happy to have you here, and I am glad you are enjoying the book lists! ~Sheila

Beth

Thursday 12th of April 2018

Thank you for the list - some of these are already favorites, and now we are looking forward to reading the others. My kids have also loved the "Little Britches" series by Ralph Moody, as a read-aloud or on their own!

Sheila Rogers

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

Thank you for your recommendation Beth. I am glad you found some favorites on the list.