I also notice that many people started to read with Harry Potter and I love how it made so many people into books. But after it, they got lost. Because they want more fantasy books and of course someone to talk too.
I am part of some book lover groups on Facebook and I see many people asking suggestions to give to their 12-year old boy, to make them like to read.
So I asked my community to ask their tween boys about the books they recommend, and I received great suggestions.
The books are also entertaining to parents, so they can read together.
1 | Rick Riordan
I asked a lot of people and most of them told me their kids love anything by Rick Riordan. I read the 5 books of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I was so glad the author wrote it super fast, I bought one after another and devoured them.
Where to start
Percy Jackson is 12 years old and finds out he is the son of a god. He goes to a camp just for God’s kids to learn their history, how to fight and to save the world.
The first series is Percy Jackson and The Olympians:
After this series, there is another one called The Heroes of Olympus, where we get a new set of characters to join Percy Jackson and their friends, but with a twist, they are kids of Roman Gods. It also has 5 books and like the other series is an easy-going read, but full of history and imagination.
The five books are:
You can buy the box at Amazon
I would give it a try.
It resembles Percy Jackson a little, it has some of the elements, like the Gods Zeus and Hades, so I believe this can be a good gift to a boy who likes Rick Riordan.
Here is the box:
4 | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy
This is a personal preference. This book series was my favorite for a long time. It changed my way of thinking, I became more sarcastic and start to see the world as a critical person. My mom hated this because I was such a cute girl and suddenly I wasn’t anymore. It’s a smart and non-sense book for people with good
Yes, I was 12 when I read it and I was introduced to it by a 12-year-old boy.
I currently own the Nearly Definitive Edition that are all books compiled in one edition, hardcover, beautiful.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a trilogy of 5 books. Douglas Adams is brilliant. Don’t watch the movie.
The best book ever
5 | THE Wheel of Time
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
You can’t grow up not knowing about the master of fantasy.
They said his uncle Ian died in a car accident. But Alex Rider knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in the windshield prove it. Yet he never suspected the truth: his uncle was really a spy for Britain’s top secret intelligence agency. And now Alex has been recruited to find his uncle’s killer
Here are the first 3 books, you can check all the series here.
For kids the age 11 and up, who like action films like James Bond!
“After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie. The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them…”
The books are very short, there are 5 books in this series and I recommend buying the hardcover. The illustrations are great to set the story.
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