What are some good books for an 8th grade boy to read?

I have an 8th grade boy who really doesn’t enjoy reading all that much so I really have to do a lot of research for books he may like. He’s very outdoorsy…loves his animals and 4 wheeler and being in the woods. He has a lot of the Bear Grills survival gear. Can anyone recommend any books??

Red Rock Mysteries by Chris Fabry. Great adventure mysteries about brother/sister twins. With a Christian theme as the author is a Christian. Chapters move very quickly because they are 2-3 pages long, told by either sibling, every other chapter. There is a series of I think 12. Unfortunately they are not at the library, but you may find them used on Amazon or ebay. Also traditional Hardy Boys, early books, from the 50s.

Thank you so much.The Red Rock Mysteries sound great.
He has read some of the Hardy Boys.

The Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arruthtrae, both by Chuck Black, are excellent. There are six books in each set. The recommended reading ages are 8-12, but I think it could easily go beyond that range. There are helpful discussion questions in the back of the books. My son read both series multiple times.


Hi jennifer. I wanted to let you know I did find the Red Rock Mysteries at our local library. I actually checked out 1-5 in the series. They look really good. Thanks for the advice!

My kiddo loved the Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. The series has something like 12 books in it. He also has a new series Brotherband Chronicles (which I have not read). I have only read the first in the Ranger’s Apprentice series and liked it.

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So glad you found them at the library! Always a bonus. I hope he enjoys them. We always found ourselves reading them too - they are page turners… :smiley:

My 7th grade boy loves the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black, DJ Dillon series by Lee Roddy, and the many books by G.A. Henty, and R.M Ballantyne.

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I used to teach 8th grade Language Arts and boys always seemed to be the hardest to get into reading. Some great books (especially for boys who are outdoorsy) are Hatchet by Gary Paulson (you can follow that up with Brian’s Winter by the same author) which is about a boy who is in a plane crash and has to survive, by himself, out in the wilderness. Guys Write, Guys Read is also a great book because it’s a collection of short stories by a bunch of male authors. There are also some of the classics, like The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, or Rumble Fish. Of course, there’s always the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riodan. If he’s into mysteries, the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz is really good, as well as the Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon.

Anyways, those are the books I used while in the classroom to try and get some of my reluctant boys to read. I hope that this helps!! :blush:


Thanks. I just picked up Brian’s Winter. I think he’ll like that one.

Google Ambleside online. they have wonderful book lists for each grade.

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