Great Reads For Boys (Grades 4-6)

Adam, Paul.  Max Cassidy : Escape from Shadow Island.  J FIC Adam
British fourteen-year-old Max Cassidy calls on his skills and training as a professional escape artist when he attempts to clear his mother of murdering his father, who disapeared two years earlier in the Central American country of Santo Domingo.

Allen, Crystal.  How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba Sized Trophy.  J FIC Allen
When thirteen-year-old, bowling-obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his idol is coming to town, he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.

Applegate, Katherine.  Crenshaw.  J FIC Applegate
When Jackson and his family face living in their minivan, Jackson’s imaginary cat Crenshaw returns to help him.

Balaban, Bob.  The Creature From the 7th Grade: Boy or Beast?.  J FIC Balaban
When nerdy 12-year-old Charlie Drinkwater spontaneously morphs into a giant sea creature, the big question is: could this be his ticket to popularity at last?

Bildner, Phil.  A Whole New Ballgame.  J FIC Bildner
From the first morning with their odd new teacher fifth grade is full of shocking surprises for best friends Rip and Red.

Campbell, L.A.  Cartboy and the Time Capsule.  J FIC Campbell
Sixth-grader Hal gets a year-long journal-keeping assignment in his least favorite class, history, much to the delight of his history buff father.

Carman, Patrick.  Skeleton Creek.  J FIC Carman  (SERIES)
Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah.  SEQUELS: Ghost in the Machine (2009), The Crossbones (2010), & The Raven (2011).

Cheng, Andrea.  Eclipse.  J Fic Cheng
In Cincinnati, Ohio, in the summer of 1952, eight-year-old Peti gives up his room to his Hungarian relatives, including a twelve-year-old cousin who bullies him, and worries about his grandfather who cannot escape from behind the Iron Curtain.

Creech, Sharon.  The Boy on the Porch.  J FIC Creech
Discovering a speech-disabled boy asleep on their porch, young couple John and Marta forge a loving bond with the child and come to think of him as their own while wondering about his mysterious past and enjoying the world through his eyes.

DeClements, Barthe. Five Finger Discount.  J FIC DeClements
Ten-year-old Jerry’s attempts to adjust to his new school and make new friends are complicated by his determination to keep secret the fact that his father is
serving time in the local prison for being a thief.

Dowswell, Paul.  The Cabinet of Curiosities.  J FIC Dowswell
When Lukas is orphaned, his Uncle Anselmus, the court physician to Rudolph II, summons him to Prague, a refuge for Europe’s greatest alchemists and natural philosophers, offering to take him on as an apprentice.

Fleischman, Sid.  The Whipping Boy.  J FIC Fleischman/ J PB F
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Gephart, Donna.  Death by Toilet Paper.  J FIC Gephart
Aspiring to win a cash prize that will help his family avoid eviction after his father passes away, seventh-grader Benjamin Epstein uses his flair for clever slogans to participate in a contest being run by a bathroom tissue company.

Grabenstein, Chris.  The Hanging Hill.  J FIC Grabenstein
While working at a summer stock theater, eleven-year-old Zack and his stepmother encounter the ghost of one of Connecticut’s most notorious criminals.

Grabenstein, Chris.  The Island of Dr. Libris.  J FIC Grabenstein
A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

Grabenstein, Chris.  Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers.  J FIC Grabenstein
Eleven-year-old Riley Mack and his friends, Briana, Mongo, Jake and Jamal outwit the school bully, solve the mystery of who stole the goldendoodle named Poodle, and get evidence to help the FBI catch bank robbers.

Green, Tim. Football hero. J Fic Green
When twelve-year-old Ty’s brother Thane is recruited out of college to play for the New York Jets, their Uncle Gus uses Ty to get insider information for his gambling ring, landing Ty and Thane in trouble with the Mafia.

Harkrader, Lisa.  The Adventures of Beanboy.  J FIC Harkrader  (SERIES)
When aspiring comic-book artist Tucker MacBean enters a contest to create a new sidekick for his favorite superhero, Beanboy , he’s got a lot riding on whether or not he wins. Tucker hopes that stardom might make him more popular, and he wants to give the prize, a college scholarship, to his hardworking but exhausted single mom.  SEQUEL: Cool Beans (2014).

Haven, Paul.  Two Hot Dogs with Everything . J Fic Haven
Although everyone credits him and his superstitions for the Slugger’s first winning streak in 108 baseball seasons, eleven-year-old Danny Gurkin believes that his discovery of a secret from the team’s past may be the real reason behind the ball club’s success.

Higgins, Simon.  Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja.  J FIC Higgins (SERIES)
It’s the dawn of an age of peace in medieval Japan. But a power-hungry warlord is plotting to plunge the national into a deadly civil war. Enter Moonshadow, the newest agent for the Grey Light Order, a secret brotherhood of ninja spy warriors. Can Moonshadow defeat the evil warlord or will his first mission be his last?

Hulme, John.  The Glitch in Sleep.  J FIC Hulme
When twelve-year-old Becker Drane is recruited by The Seems, a parallel universe that runs everything in The World, he must fix a disastrous glitch in the Department of Sleep that threatens everyone’s ability to ever fall asleep again.

James, Charlie. Billy the Fish.  J FIC James
After eating Dad’s experimental fish food, Ned’s little brother turns into a cod and finds himself sharing an aquarium tank with Kylie the killer whale.

Jones, Ena.  Clayton Stone, at Your Service.  J FIC Jones
Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone gets a taste of life as a special agent when he goes undercover as a decoy in a high-stakes kidnapping operation. 

Kerrin, Jessica Scott.  Martin Bridge sound the alarm!  J FIC Kerrin
Martin’s back in two more stories. He gets a new babysitter and learns that dancing isn’t all bad. In the second story, Martin and his friend Stuart find themselves locked in a toy store with no way out.

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley’s journal.  J FIC Kinney  (SERIES)
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Korman, Gordon.  Slacker.  J FIC Korman
When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming–but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.

Lemma, Don.  When the Sergeant Came Marching Home.  J FIC Lemma
In 1946 when his father returns from the war, a ten year old boy and his family move from the Montana town where they had been living to an old, run-down farm in the middle of nowhere, where they work hard trying to make ends meet.

Look, Lenore.  Alvin Ho allergic to girls, school, and other scary things.  J FIC Look
A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

McAllister, Cameron.  The Tin Snail.  J FIC McAllister
A thirteen-year-old French boy tries to save his father’s job by inventing a special kind of car, but it isn’t easy–especially when the Nazis are planning to steal his design.

McNish, Cliff.  Breathe : A Ghost Story. J Fic McNish
When he and his mother move into an old farmhouse in the English countryside, asthmatic, twelve-year-old Jack discovers that he can communicate with the ghosts inhabiting the house and inadvertently establishes a relationship with a tormented, malevolent spirit that threatens to destroy both his mother and himself.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.   The Boys Start the War.  J FIC Naylor
Disgusted that a family with three girls moves into the house across the river, nine-year-old Wally and his three brothers declare a practical joke war on the girls. Read the rest of the series.

Nelson, Peter.  Herbert’s Wormhole.  J FIC Nelson
When almost-sixth-grader Alex, a video game fanatic, is forced on a “playdate” with his neighbor Herbert, an inventor, the two travel to the twenty-second century and face off against aliens, who are not as beneficent as most people think. Sequel: Herbert’s Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre (2012)

Palacio, R.J.  Wonder.  J FIC Palacio
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Pearce, Jackson.  The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned As a Superspy).  J FIC Pearce
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo missionto save them. 

Pyron, Bobbie.  Lucky Strike.  J FIC Pyron
Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky–but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

Richards, C.J.  The Junkyard Bot.  J FIC Richards
When George Gearing’s personal robot Jackbot gets hit by a car, George rebuilds him into something amazing, only to have him disappear just as darkness threatens the town, leaving George and his new friend Anne Droid to find out what happened.

Rodowsky, Colby F.  Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family. J Fic Rodowsky
Until now, ten-year-old Ben has believed that life is made up of “all right” and “not all right” stuff, but when his father remarries and the couple adopts a baby, he wonders which kind of stuff will prevail.

Russell, Christopher.  Dogboy.  J FIC Russell
In 1346, twelve-year-old Brind, an orphaned kennel boy raised with hunting dogs at an English manor, accompanies his master, along with half of the manor’s prized mastiffs, to France, where he must fend for himself when both his master and the dogs are lost at the decisive battle of Crécy.

Salmon, Dena K.  Discordia: The Eleventh Dimension.  J FIC Salmon
Lance, who loves the addictive online battle game Discordia, finds himself transported to the real Discordia, where he must battle enemies to complete his quest or risk being changed into the zombie character he plays in the game.

Schooley, Bob.  Liar of Kudzu. J Fic Schooley
Twelve-year-old Pete, known as Liar for his ability to stretch the truth, teams up with the class geek and the new girl in school to investigate a strange object from outer space.

Scieszka, Jon.  Frank Einstein & The Antimatter Motor.  J FIC Scieszka  (SERIES)
In his Grandpa Al’s garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.  SEQUELFrank Einstein & the Electro-Finger (2015).

Segel, Jason & Miller, Kirsten.  Nightmares!  J FIC Segel
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it’s too late.

Shalant, Phyllis.  The Great Cape Rescue.  Shalant
Upon entering fourth grade, Fin and his friends think they must stop playing superheroes, until they discover that their game might become real through a magical cape, and the Society of Super Secret Heroes is born.

Solomons, David.  My Brother is a Superhero.  J FIC Solomons
Eleven-year-old Luke, a hardcore fan of comics and superheroes, is jealous when his undeserving older brother Zack is zapped by an alien and turned into a superhero, until a plot to destroy the Earth incapacitates Zack, and Luke, accompanied by Lara, the nosey girl next door, must come to the rescue.

Starmer, Aaron.  DWEEB : Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies.  J FIC Starmer
After being framed for stealing bake sale money, the five smartest boys in the eighth grade are imprisoned in a small room beneath their junior high school in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and must use their nerdish powers to expose a conspiracy involving fast food, standardized testing, and a school full of overachieving zombies.

Vawter, Vince.  Paperboy.  J FIC Vawter
When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend’s newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.

Weeks, Sarah.  Save Me a Seat.  J FIC Weeks
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

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