These series are books my boys have read themselves. I’ve read a few of them, but not all of them.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is the first of four book, five if you count the book of puzzles, The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums. I think my kids were around 10 years old when they read this series. I read the first one and it was quite fun. Kind of like Harry Potter where these kids with unusual talents get together to fight ‘evil’. What’s nice about this series is that teaches critical thinking and problem solving as it shows the kids working their way through the mysteries and puzzles. My older son really enjoyed the book of puzzles as well.
My older son has read all of the The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. In the UK, the title of the series is the Spook’s Apprentice. The Seventh Son, which is very loosely based on these books, came out a year or so ago, but we haven’t seen it because the reviews were so bad and the trailer alone made it clear it wasn’t the same story as the books. The main character, 12 yr old Thomas is apprenticed to a spook – who fights and captures witches and other ‘evil spirits’. These are pretty easy and quick reads so if you have a reluctant reader these might be a good choice. I read 5 or 6 of these and found them entertaining, Amazon says they’re good for 10 and up.
My younger son has recently finished reading the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I haven’t read any of these but my son really enjoyed them. The main character, Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal mastermind and my son says, “Its a futuristic fantasy with fairies and dwarves, with laser guns….”, sounds like a good book for boys. There are 8 books in the series and Amazon rates them for ages 10 and up.