60 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys

60 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys

60 more tried-and-tested books for 13_14-year-old boys | allisontait.comWelcome to the third post in my ‘tried and tested’ series of great books for boys aged 13 and 14.

You’ll find 21 tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys here.

And 15 more tried-and-tested books for 13/14-year-old boys (plus 13 expert choices) here.

These two posts are far and away the most searched on my entire blog (and, given I’ve been blogging more 10+ years, that’s saying something). It tells me that people are desperately looking for books that will keep their early teenage boys interested in reading.

So my lists offer books that have been read and recommended by boys this age.

This time, I’m including books that have been read and enjoyed by my youngest son, Book Boy Jr, and you can read his reviews of several of them at bookboy.com.au by following the relevant links.

Section two offers a wide range of suggestions from the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community members who have readers this age. I asked them to nominate the best book that their 13- or 14-year-old boy had read recently, and have also included a few that my older son Book Boy (now 16) enjoyed when he was 14.

The last section offers recommendations of very new releases from Pauline at Riverbend Books. Booksellers see everything and have a good idea of what will appeal to young readers.

Click each book title to find out more about the book, or to buy it from Booktopia* or Riverbend Books.

Of course, boys this age are all very different. Book Boy Jr swings from re-reading Treehouse and Wimpy Kid novels for comfort, to throwing himself into deeper and more interesting reads. Some boys this age have already skipped over YA novels and developed an abiding love for Stephen King (Book Boy was one of these). Some are immersed in graphic novels, others adore non-fiction.

But this list, and the other two linked above, offers a great starting point. Think about your reader and what he is interested in and follow those interests. Don’t worry about what he should be reading, and look at what he likes to read.

The reading is the thing.

Lastly, don’t overlook this list: 20 tried-and-test books for 13/14-year-old girls.

You might find just the right book for your 13/14-year-old boy there.

As Book Boy (then 14) wrote in his piece for Raising Readers: How to nurture a child’s love of books by Megan Daley, ‘I also read books that are ‘for girls’ or aimed at girls (or books with girl protagonists) because a good book is a good book, no matter who the target audience is.’

Offer them everything because you never, ever know what will hit the mark.

Books recommended by Book Boy Jr (13)

Holes by Louis Sacher. (Kid review here.)

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. (Kid review here.)

Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Prequel to The Crossover)

Ghost (Track series) by Jason Reynolds (Kid review here)

JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston (and James Phelps) (Kid review here.)

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence. (Kid review here.)

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson

Book recommendations from the Your Kid’s Next Read community

Feels real/adventure

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

CHERUB (series) by Robert Muchamore (*nb: series content escalates)

Shooting Stars by Brian Falkner

Recon Team Angel (series) by Brian Falkner

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

The Wrong Train by Jeremy deQuidt (*nb: horror themes)

Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald

Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Mike by Andrew Norris

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Science Fiction

Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle series) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hive (The Vault series) by A.J. Betts

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe series) by Neil Shusterman

The Secret Runners of New York by Mathew Reilly

The Lorien Legacies (series) by PIttacus Lore (James Frey, Jobie Hughes, Greg Boose)

How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. (Kid review here)

The Road To Winter (series) by Mark Winter

Renegades (series) by Marissa Meyer

The Enemy by Charlie Higson (nb: themes might feel too current for some readers)

Skyward (series) by Brandon Sanderson

Mortal Engines (series) by Philip Reeve

Non fiction

Adam Spencer’s Numberland by Adam Spencer

Amundsen’s Way: Race To The South Pole by Joanna Grochowicz

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Able by Dylan Alcott

Woo’s Wonderful World Of Maths by Eddie Woo

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through The Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Kid review here)

Songs Of A War Boy by Deng Thiak Adut (with Ben McKelvey)

Limelight by Solli Raphael

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe


Ice Wolves (Elementals series) by Amie Kaufman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu

Section 13 (The Lost Property Office series) by James R. Hannibal

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle series) by Christopher Paolini

The Keys To The Kingdom (series) by Garth Nix

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Arkanae (Medoran Chronicles series) by Lynette Noni

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (series) by Christopher Healy

Book recommendations from Pauline at Riverbend Books, Brisbane

Red Day by Sandy Fussell

The Between by David Hofmeyr

Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw

Game On (Gamers #1) by George Ivanoff

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

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 You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.


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The Book Of Secrets + The Book Of Answers out now in the US!

The Book Of Secrets + The Book Of Answers out now in the US!

Out now in the USA: The Ateban Cipher series by A.L. TaitWelcome to 2019! I hope you’ve had a fantastic and very restful holiday break.

I’ve spent a few weeks away from my blog and everything that goes with it, and I confess to feeling much refreshed by the virtual vacation.

But I’m back at my desk today and ready to do some serious editing (or, let’s face it, as ready as I ever am to face editing…)

While I was off at the beach, however, some exciting things have been happening.

My two Ateban Cipher novels, The Book Of Secrets and The Book of Answers, are now both available in the United States through Kane Miller, the fab people who have already brought The Mapmaker Chronicles series to US and Canadian readers.

The Book Of Secrets (Ateban Cipher 1) by A.L. Tait out now in the USA

The covers may be different  but the epic adventure story, about the secrets of the mysterious coded manuscript known as The Ateban Cipher, remains the same.

As does the dedication in The Book Of Secrets.

Dedication from The Book Of Secrets by A.L. Tait

You can find out more about the books and purchase them directly here on the publisher’s website

I hope that US readers will take Gabe, Merry, Gwyn and the rest of the gang to their hearts in the way that Australian readers have done (you can read the Goodreads reviews here and here)! Thanks for all your support.

Looking for the Australian editions of The Ateban Cipher? You’ll find them here.

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