50+ Amazing Adventure Chapter Books for Boys

Read these 50+ amazing adventure chapter books for boys will help get the ball rolling to get kids into reading.

If you’re struggling to get your son into reading, you’re not alone.

Here is an extensive list of amazing adventure chapter stories to tap into their imagination and get them cracking open those books.

Don’t miss these other terrific books for teens!

You can find these chapter books for boys at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.

Adventure chapter books for boys

Be sure to check out even more terrific middle school book list ideas!


It’s a common fact that girls read more than most boys.

Girls also score higher on reading assessments than most boys, too.

So how can we encourage boys to delve into a book and expand their reading?

Finding the right entertaining and engaging books will get them excited about reading!

  1. Westmark (The Westmark Trilogy)  by Lloyd Alexander
  2. The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
  3. The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander
  4. Raleigh’s Page by Alan W. Armstrong
  5. Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers Series Books 1-3 by Dave Barry
  6. Chance Fortune in the Shadow Zone (Adventures of Chance Fortune) by Shane Berryhill
  7. The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series) by Pseudonymous Bosch
  8. The Telling Pool by David Clement-Davies
  9. A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
  10. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  11. MVP: Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans
  12. Seven Professors of the Far North by John Fardell
  13. The Land of the Silver Apples (Richard Jackson Books) by Nancy Farmer
  14. The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls Trilogy) by Nancy Farmer
  15. My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) by Jean Craighead George
  16. Getting Air by Dan Gutman
  17. Far North by Will Hobbs
  18. Down the Yukon by Will Hobbs
  19. The Maze by Will Hobbs
  20. Eagle Strike (Alex Rider Adventure) by Anthony Horowitz
  21. Voyage of Slaves (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman) by Brian Jacques
  22. Alabama MoonChasing the Falconers (On the Run, Book 1) by Watt Key
  23. The Wreckers (The High Seas Trilogy) by Iain Lawrence
  24. The Buccaneers (High Seas Trilogy) by Iain Lawrence
  25. Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle
  26. Pendragon (Boxed Set): by D.J. MacHale
  27. Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1) by John Marsden
  28. Jim Davis by John Masefield
  29. Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan
  30. Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
  31. The Squire’s Tale (The Squire’s Tales) by Gerald Morris
  32. Count Karlstein by Philip Pullman
  33. Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition by Gary Paulsen
  34. Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
  35. The Voyage Of The Frog (Apple signature) by Gary Paulsen
  36. Swallows and Amazons (Godine Storyteller) by Arthur Ransome
  37. The Chaos Code by Justin Richards
  38. The Wadjet Eye by Jill Rubalcaba
  39. The Trap by John E. Smelcer
  40. Peak by Roland Smith
  41. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  42. Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  43. First Light by Rebecca Stead
  44. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  45. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  46. Ice Drift by Theodore Taylor
  47. Blind Mountain by Jane Resh Thomas
  48. The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  49. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  50. The Survivors (Memory Boy) by Will Weaver
  51. Blue Fingers: A Ninja’s Tale by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel
  52. The Rogues by Jane Yolen


  1. Wow Jenny! This is one serious list! I will definitely check this out. Since I have a boy, And I want him to read!

  2. http://expatbrazil.co.uk says:

    Any tips on getting a boy reading. i have a library of over 4000 books and in fact have many on that list especially the older ones. No matter what I do I just can’t get a genuine interest out of him, I can tell he’s tring for me but he has no real interest whatsoever. I feel sorry at what pleasure he’s missing, any suggestions would be great, thanks. He’s 10 by the way.

  3. lovebakesgoodcakes says:

    Having 2 pre-teen boys, I’m on my way to check out some of these books! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s All my Bloggy Friends – Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! 🙂

  4. Alice (@mumsmakelists) says:

    Fab list – looking forward to reading lots of these myself 🙂

    I would love for you to link up at this and some of your other book lists at the Mommy Archive

  5. I invite everyone to look into Tony Abbott’s latest series, The Copernicus Legacy. The first book is entitled, The Forbidden Stone. It is best for ages 10 and up, even though the jacket says 8 and up. It has gotten excellent reviews from Kirkus and PW, and readers are finding it very exciting.
    Tony also has many other series that have proven enticing to reluctant readers, including The Secrets of Droon, The Haunting of Derek Stone, Underworlds, and his first series, Danger Guys, which is newly available in e-book format.
    He also writes serious, hardcover novels for young readers, including Firegirl, which is being taught in many schools bc it demonstrates compassion toward people who are different than ourselves, and The Postcard, which won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award in 2009. Read more about Tony Abbott’s many exciting books at http://www.tonyabbottbooks.com and http://www.thecopernicuslegacy.com.

  6. Nice list, Jennifer. I am always looking for lists of books for boys to share. We have not read several of these titles so I will show the list to my son to see what he might want to read. Thanks! (pinned)

    1. Guess you have some new reading to do, Sheila! I’m working on some new books to get into the house as well. Can you believe my boys haven’t started the Harry Potter series? Too scary for one of them but I think we’re finally at a good age 🙂

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