Some boys are voracious readers. It is not that you mind paying for books, after all authors have to eat too. But if your son reads a book every day or so, that can get expensive!
So here at Boys Reading Club we set out to find some great eBooks you can download for free. All you will need is an e-reader device, a tablet or even a smartphone.
10 Great Books for Boys You Can Download for Free (if you hover over the book and see a price, that is likely for the printed version. Click on the title and you will go to Amazon and then look for the free kindle version.)
With a tablet, e-reader or phone you can download and read e-books. But did you know that many e-books can be downloaded for free? Here is a list of 10 free e-books we think boys will find worth reading. As most of the books are available as kindle versions you can use a computer kindle reader.
Editor’s Note: It has been reported that clicking on the book jackets may bring you to the printed editions which of course will cost money. Keep searching – both on Amazon and on Guetenberg – you should be able to find all of the following books as ebooks for free!
- The Red Badge of Courage http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/73 or Amazon
for ages 6th grade and up, deals with the theme of war and has battle scenes.
The Red Badge of Courage is a war novel by American author Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a “red badge of courage,” to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer. (Wikipedia)
For ages 5th grade and above, deals with some rebellion, smoking, and cursing.
This book by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived
For ages 8th grade and up, deals with some content and expletives that may concern some parents.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry “Huck” Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (Wikipedia)
- Treasure Island
For late elementary and up, but also a great read-a-loud book for elementary. Can be scary at times.
Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of “buccaneers and buried gold”. First published as a book on 14 November 1883 by Cassell & Co., it was originally serialized in the children’s magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North.
Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is a tale noted for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality – as seen in Long John Silver – unusual for children’s literature. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perceptions of pirates is enormous, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an “X”, schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders. (Wikipedia)
Ages middle school and up. Deals with difficulties of being in middle school in a wheel chair.
Window Boy is a 2008 novel written by Andrea White, author of Golden Spur Award winning, and Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated novel, Surviving Antarctica. The book is about a boy with Cerebral Palsy who has an imaginary friend, Winston Churchill. (Wikipedia)
- The Call of the Wild
Ages middle school and up. Dogs die and some intense situations.
The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period in which strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara Valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into service as sled dog in Alaska, he reverts to a wild state. Buck is forced to fight in order to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.
London lived for most of a year in the Yukon collecting material for the book. The story was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the summer of 1903; a month later it was released in book form. The novel’s great popularity and success made a reputation for London. Much of its appeal derives from the simplicity of this tale of survival. As early as 1908 the story was adapted to film and it has since seen several more cinematic adaptations. (Wikipedia)
- White Fang
Ages 10 and up.
White Fang is a novel by American author Jack London (1876–1916) — and the name of the book’s eponymous character, a wild wolfdog. First serialized in Outing magazine, it was published in 1906. The story takes place in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush and details White Fang’s journey to domestication. It is a companion novel (and a thematic mirror) to London’s best-known work, The Call of the Wild, which is about a kidnapped, domesticated dog embracing his wild ancestry to survive and thrive in the wild.
Much of White Fang is written from the viewpoint of the titular canine character, enabling London to explore how animals view their world and how they view humans. White Fang examines the violent world of wild animals and the equally violent world of humans. The book also explores complex themes including morality and redemption. (Wikipedia)
- The Trumpet of the Swan
Ages 3rd grade and up, though written at a 5th grade level.
The Trumpet of the Swan is a children’s novel by E.B. White published in 1970. It tells the story of Louis (pronounced “LOO-ee” by the author in the audiobook), a Trumpeter Swan born without a voice and trying to overcome it by learning to play a trumpet, always trying to impress a beautiful swan named Serena. (Wikipedia)
Age late middle school to high school
The Three Musketeers is a novel by Alexandre Dumas
Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard. D’Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those being his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all” (“tous pour un, un pour tous”), a motto which is first put forth by d’Artagnan.
Age late elementary and up
About a group of 8 boys who join the boys scouts and go on their first campout.
If you would like to look for more free eBooks here are some great sites to use.
amazon.com – simply search for “free books” or “free classics” then when you find a book you like, scroll down to see what others have purchased, chances are much of those books will also be free.
Another great place to look is gutenberg.org. They do not always have good descriptions, but they have thousands of free books.
Don’t forget about your library. Many libraries now participate in eBook lending programs. Next time you are in the library ask them if they have such a lending program.
If you know of some great free eBooks boys will enjoy let us know below.