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Best Books for Teenage Boys

Discover the must-reads for teenage boys that have resonated with readers and critics alike. These books, frequently spotlighted in youth literature circles, capture themes and adventures that speak to the teen male experience.

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The Giver
25th Anniversary Edition (Giver Quartet)
Lois Lowry - 2006-01-24 (first published in 1993)
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Exploring a seemingly perfect society, this novel follows twelve-year-old Jonas as he uncovers the disturbing truths that lie beneath the surface. Only with his new position as the Receiver is he able to grasp the complex and dark realities of his utopian world.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - 2006-05-23 (first published in 1960)
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This classic American novel tells the story of a young girl growing up in a sleepy Southern town and the moral crisis that shakes her community to its core. With universal themes of innocence and experience, love and hate, and kindness and cruelty, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book has sold over 18 million copies and been translated into forty languages. Harper Lee's simple love story is now regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
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The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger - 2001-01-30 (first published in 1951)
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This coming-of-age novel follows Holden Caulfield, a complex and conflicted teenager from New York, as he navigates his way through society, grappling with love, fear, and uncertainty. J.D. Salinger's masterpiece has been widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and for good reason. With poignant and introspective prose, The Catcher in the Rye explores themes of rebellion, angst, and the struggle to communicate in a rapidly changing world. This classic novel continues to captivate readers, sparking discussions of societal norms and the complexity of adolescence.
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien - 2002-08-15 (first published in 1937)
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Embark on an epic journey with a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who is whisked away from his comfortable life by a company of dwarves and the wizard Gandalf. Their mission? To raid the treasure hoard guarded by the dangerous dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. But Bilbo's journey takes unexpected turns, as he stumbles upon a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. An adventure you won't soon forget.
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - 2006-03-14 (first published in 2005)
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In Nazi Germany, a young girl falls in love with books and words. From stealing books from book burnings to the mayor's wife's library, Liesel's love affair with literature blooms with the help of her foster father. But when her family hides a Jew in their basement, the danger intensifies. Markus Zusak's superbly crafted writing tells a timeless story of love and loss in a tumultuous era.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky - 1999-02-01
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Experience the highs and lows of high school in this coming-of-age tale. Follow the journey of a teenager as he navigates first dates, family drama, new friends, and the thrills and dangers of sex and drugs. Along the way, discover the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Don't miss out on this poignant and wild ride of growing up.
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins - 2008-10-14
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In a dystopian future, the nation of Panem forces each district to send a boy and girl to fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games. When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen takes her sister's place, she must fight to survive while navigating complex choices of survival, humanity, and love.
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The Ruins of Gorlan
John Flanagan - 2006-06-08 (first published in 2004)
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This thrilling adventure follows 15-year-old Will, who has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice in his kingdom. He quickly learns that the Rangers are highly trained protectors who fight battles before they reach the people. With a large battle brewing, Will must use his skills in battle and surveillance to help fight off the impending attack from the exiled Morgarath.
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding - 1999-10-01 (first published in 1954)
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A group of schoolboys are stranded on an uncharted island with no adult supervision in the midst of a world war. Excited by their newfound freedom, they attempt to create their own society but fail in the face of terror, sin, and evil. As order collapses and fear reigns, the hope of adventure and rescue becomes more distant. Labeled a parable and allegory of the darkness in man's heart, this unforgettable novel can be enjoyed by all.
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A Fablehaven Adventure (1)
Brandon Mull - 2017-03-14
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In this epic fantasy novel, dragons seek revenge and freedom, with Celebrant the Just leading the charge to overthrow his captors and bring back the Age of Dragons. The world's only hope for salvation lies with the ancient order of Dragonwatch - a group of dragon tamers, enchantresses, and wizards. This New York Times bestselling book will take readers on a thrilling adventure filled with supernatural powers, breathtaking magical abilities, and an epic dragon showdown that will determine the fate of the world.
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Firekeeper's Daughter by Boulley Angeline
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Do Hard Things by Alex Harris
Murtagh by Christopher Paolini
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Holes by Louis Sachar
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Looking for Alaska by John Green
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
The Martian by Andy Weir
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Night by Elie Wiesel