Updated: Apr 23, 2020
Books make great gifts, but let's face it, preteen and teen boys are a tough market to buy for! (All these books are also enjoyed by girls too, just sayin'!)
To keep Christmas simple, our family uses the "Something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need" guideline when we're Christmas shopping. Maybe you do something similar! Either way, books make perfect presents- if they are enjoyed that is.
A big perk of starting a book series for a family member: you know what to buy for the next several birthdays and Christmases!
If you find yourself staring blank faced at the young adult section in the bookstore, I'm here to help. My teen son is a big fantasy fiction reader, so I thought I'd share his favorites with you!
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The pictures in this post are of our own collection curated over several years, and cover design be different than what is currently available for sale.
Okay, let's get to the books!
This first series is one of my all time favorite young adult series, and I waited anxiously for my boys to be old enough to enjoy it too! The covers are a little beaten up, because they have been read over and over. The Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan is packed full of action and amazing characters. The main character, Will, desperately wants to be a knight, but finds himself apprenticed to a mysterious Ranger instead. Will learns how important the Ranger Corps are for protecting the kingdom, and finds himself swept up into battles long before he feels ready. The series follows Will, his mentor Halt and his friend Horace through a multitude of countries and adventures.
The Copernicus Legacy Series by Tony Abbott is a fast paced adventure where a family is swept up into a dangerous mystery involving a secret society. Set in modern times, the characters are tasked with finding powerful relics. This series goes at running pace as kids and grown-ups work together deciphering ancient clues sprinkled across multiple countries. (As a mom, I enjoyed seeing a family working together on an adventure!) There are actually four books out in this series, and the other two are on my son's wish list!