10 Free eBooks for Late Elementary and Middle School Boys

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!


  1. 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)

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 

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

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer’s Comrade 

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)

  1. 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)

  1. Window Boy 

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)

  1. 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)

  1. 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)

  1. 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)

  1. The Three Musketeers 

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.

  1. The Boy Scouts’ First Camp Fire or, Scouting with the Silver Fox Patrol 

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.


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Meet Wayne Roe

Wayne Roe is the author of:

Interest Level: 5-10

Reading Level: 7-10

Soft cover book is available from Amazon, Barns and Noble and Blackrosewriting.com.

Genre: Children’s book

Wayne Roe loves drawing cartoons, photography, golf, basketball and traveling.

What is Franky the Son of Frankensteen Goes to School about?

A boy named Franky and his dad move from Transylvania to the USA. Their appearance is quite different from most fathers and sons, green skin, metal bolts in their necks, and flat level heads. Franky finds out the hard way at his school that being new and different can be scary. Find out how Franky finds a way to “fit in” with his new classmates! This book is about acceptance.

In Franky the Son of Frankensteen Goes to School, how will boys relate to Franky?

We all have to go through new beginnings in life. Examples would be moving, going to a new school, joining boy scouts, joining the track team, etc.

Why will boys enjoy your book?

Franky is different looking but is easy to relate to. He also has a pet that is hard not to like. One of the hardest things about childhood is not being accepted by others. Most of us have gone through this or might be going through this right now. I feel boys will be able to relate to this struggle and realize they are not alone.

What would you like boys to know about your book?

Author Wayne Roe

Author Wayne Roe

I wrote the book to show the bond between a father and his son and also if read by an adult it is an excellent conversation starter.

Some concepts boys and their parents can think about:

In the book because the principal is not able to start her car Franky’s dad is presented with an opportunity to help her with her car problem. What does he do?

A sign on the wall in the lunch room says “welcome your new classmate Franky”. How many students are sitting with Franky that first lunch period? Why do you think that is so?

When he brings his pet to school what are the reaction of the other students and what happens then?

Franky’s slogan is “Be awesome, read a book.” Do you think Franky’s teacher and friends like his slogan? Why or why not?

Note from Boys Reading Club:

If your child is the new student or is struggling with being “different” this book can be very valuable to help you with talking to your son (or daughter) in helping them realize that others have faced the same issue and that it is possible to be friends with others who are different.

be-awesome-read-a-book-4-coFind out more about Wayne Roe’s book, Franky, the Son of Frankensteen Goes To School at the book’s website: http://www.frankybook.com/

Authors Bio: As long as I can remember I have been drawing cartoons. My step brother taught me how to draw Fred Flintstone when I was in the 5th grade. I have been hooked on drawing cartoons and Illustrations with a passion ever since. I have tried my hand at oil painting, Web design and computer graphics. I realized for me there is nothing that I love more than drawing. This is my first children’s book to be published, but certainly not my last. There’s an awesome quote by C.S. Lewis that reads: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” God Bless!

Books are available at Amazon and:
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The Great Value in Reading to Your Elementary Son

Many parents stop reading to their child once he is able to confidently read on his own. But there is great value in continuing to read to your elementary aged son. Here are three values to consider.

Vocabulary – Often boys will want to get to the story and won’t necessarily stop to figure out vocabulary. Yes, eventually they will read the word in different contexts and will figure it out, but they can learn the vocabulary much faster when a parent stops and discusses what a word means. But even if you don’t stop, often children will pick words up easier if it is read to them versus reading it themselves. (This has to do with working memory if you wanted to know.) Plus you will likely be able to read books at a higher comprehension level opening up classics and rich texts.

Comprehension – It is true, some children naturally comprehend well. But other children need direction and all children can benefit from the discipline of asking questions while reading. Here are some questions to think about:

  • Who or what is this about?
  • What is happening to him/her or it?
  • Is there a problem and if yes, what is it?
  • Why does that matter?
  • How can it be solved?
  • What do you think will happen next – are there hints the author is giving us?
  • What can I learn (is there a way to prevent the problem or a better way to handle the problem, does my family subscribe to a set of beliefs that would give me direction in handling this problem, does my faith give me direction in handling this problem?)
  • Does the author have some kind of bias or is he or she expressing assumptions that give us a hint of their beliefs?

reader_2I am going to make a confession here. My children would complain when I would ask questions. They just wanted me to read the story. All of my children, now grown, are great thinkers and all comprehend remarkably well. If I learned anything it was to read all the way through the chapter and ask the questions after, not during the story. But despite their objections the discipline of questioning paid off. Make sure your questions are not just asking for concrete or factual knowledge. Delve into inferences, explore intent, talk about characters strengths and weaknesses, make predictions, draw conclusions at different points of the story and see how your conclusions have changed. Reflect on why you like or dislike the characters, plot, climax, and conclusion.

Bonding – to pass on common experiences, teach values, acknowledge fears and joys, demonstrate your commitment to spending time with your child, give a confidence along with teaching to be resilient, nothing compares to actually spending time with your child. And a high quality way to spend time with your child is to read to them.

So, pick out a good book to read to your older elementary child, sit together and build some memories along with vocabulary, comprehension and bonding. Share, learn and grow together. Sooner or later your son will be too old, so take advantage of these times and read together.

Meet Daffney Whitefield Carlton

Faye (Daffney) Whitefield Carlton is author of

Interest level: 2 yrs old through children of all ages

Reading level: 6 – 12

Soft cover and ebook available to buy through most online bookstores including Xlibris.com,  amaozn.com. and barnesandnoble.com.

Juvenile Fiction, Elementary Reader Level

Author Faye "Daffney" Carlton reading to school children.

Author Faye “Daffney” Carlton reading to school children.

Faye (Daffney) Whitefield Carlton was born on a small remote island of the ‘Bay Islands Of Honduras’ In the western Caribbean. She grew up as a child living the life of adventure and exploration in her simple and humble surroundings of island life while at the same time possessing a strong will and a mind of her own. Daffney has made many friends and achievements in life and was always known by everyone who knew her to be friendly funny and outgoing. She moved to the United States in her late teens where she married a minister and became the proud mother of three beautiful and wonderful children who have made her the proud grandmother of six. She resides in Florida with her husband surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Daffney frequently visits her island and enjoys reminiscing about her childhood life that was fun and full of adventure. Her stories are born from her real life experiences and her desire is to share them with children all around the world. Her stories are educational within themselves while at the same time offering children the opportunity to take a look into another culture in which they can open up their minds to a whole new world of imagination. Join her on this journey through time where you are sure to be excited and amused to find out what Daffney will come up with next!

What is Daffney’s Island Adventures about?

The book title is ‘Daffney’s Island Adventures is about a little girl living on a tiny island in the Caribbean. She loves to climb trees and use tricks to get out of doing stupid chores! And she’s always on the lookout for Pirates! Just in case they sneak unto her island to steal her or something! This book is packed full of adventure! And guess what? Book No.2 will be coming in time for Christmas of this year 2015.

In Daffney’s Island Adventures  who will boys relate to?

All the boys will love Daffney because she’s just like one of them! She loves to go fishing in her canoe and can even dive for lobsters. She hates chores and loves to run all over her island beach climbing coconut trees! Daffney can do anything that a boy can, and she thinks – even better! Except her mouth gets her in trouble all the time.

Why will boys enjoy your book?

Boys will relate to Daffney’s adventures. She loves to explore. She teases crazy chickens and Iguanas which try to catch her. Boys will love joining her as she has to run for her life from all sorts of crazy things!

What do you want boys to know about your book

First of all, all my stories are funny and hilarious. I want boys and their parents to know that my stories are based on my very own experiences as I lived them and that by reading my book you will see how important it is to take the time to think before make decisions.

One really fun fact about reading Daffney’s Island Adventures: ‘with the help of Daffney’ you will learn step by step how to make a kite, and more.

Every child who reads Daffney’s Island Adventures will experience fun and adventure while learning about important everyday lessons. From thinking before you speak, to dealing with the realities of limited resources and taking initiative to earn your own money, this fun, sometimes outright silly book will delight boys and parents alike.

Join Daffney’s fun and adventure!



185 Ways to Give Praise

185 Encouraging Words and Phrases to Give Praise to Your Son For Reading and More

  1. A Big Hug To You
  2. A Big Kiss For You
  3. A Plus Job
  4. Awesome
  5. Beautiful
  6. Beautiful Sharing
  7. Beautiful Work
  8. Bingo
  9. Bravo
  10. Creative Job
  11. Dynamic
  12. Dynamite
  13. Excellent
  14. Exceptional Performance
  15. Fab
  16. Fantastic
  17. Fantastic Job
  18. Give them a Big Hug
  19. Good
  20. Good For You
  21. Good Job
  22. Good Learning
  23. Good Planning
  24. Good Thinking
  25. Great
  26. Great Discovery
  27. Great Work
  28. Hip, Hip, Hurray
  29. Hot Dog
  30. How Nice
  31. How Skilful
  32. How Smart
  33. How Supreme
  34. Hurray For You
  35. I Knew You Could Do It
  36. I like the Way You Did That
  37. I Like You
  38. I Love You
  39. I Respect You
  40. I Trust You
  41. I Value You
  42. I’m Proud Of You
  43. Looking Good
  44. Magnificent
  45. Marvelous
  46. Neat
  47. Nice Work
  48. Nothing Can Stop You Now
  49. Now You’re Flying
  50. Now You’ve Got It
  51. Outstanding
  52. Outstanding Performance
  53. Phenomenal
  54. Remarkable
  55. Remarkable Job
  56. Say, “I Love You” – often
  57. Say, “Thank you”
  58. Spectacular
  59. Super
  60. Super Job
  61. Super Star
  62. Super Work
  63. Sweet
  64. Terrific
  65. That is Dazzling
  66. That is Delightful
  67. That is Divine
  68. That is Glorious
  69. That is Glowing
  70. That is Gorgeous
  71. That is Sizzling
  72. That Makes Me Happy
  73. That Makes My Heart Warm
  74. That Will be Famous
  75. That’s Swell
  76. That’s Amazing
  77. That’s Correct
  78. That’s Good Manners
  79. That’s Incredible
  80. That’s Perfect
  81. That’s Remarkable
  82. That’s Right.
  83. That’s the Best
  84. This is a Magic Moment For Me
  85. Way To Go
  86. Well Done
  87. What A Good Listener
  88. What An Imagination
  89. Wonderful sharing.
  90. Wow
  91. You Are Exciting
  92. You Are Fun
  93. You Are Responsible
  94. You Are So Important
  95. You Are So Responsible
  96. You Belong
  97. You Brighten My Day
  98. You Care
  99. You Did That Very Well
  100. You Figured It Out
  101. You Have a Great Sense of Humor
  102. You Have a Wonderful Smile
  103. You Learned It Right
  104. You Made My Day
  105. You Make Me Feel Good
  106. You Make Me Happy
  107. You Make Me Laugh
  108. You Make Me Smile
  109. You Make My Life Complete
  110. You Mean A lot To Me
  111. You Mean The World To Me
  112. You Tried Hard
  113. You Work Hard
  114. You’re a Genius
  115. You’re a Jewel
  116. You’re a Star
  117. You’re A Step Ahead
  118. You’re A Treat
  119. You’re A-1
  120. You’re Admirable
  121. You’re Adorable
  122. You’re Brilliant
  123. You’re Dependable
  124. You’re Dreamy
  125. You’re Enjoyable
  126. You’re Golden
  127. You’re Grand
  128. You’re Impressive
  129. You’re Inspiring
  130. You’re Invigorating
  131. You’re Lovely
  132. You’re My Dream Come True
  133. You’re My Prize
  134. You’re Priceless
  135. You’re Radiant
  136. You’re Ravishing
  137. You’re Really Cool
  138. You’re Reliable
  139. You’re Renowned
  140. You’re Second To None
  141. You’re Smashing
  142. You’re Splendid
  143. You’re Stunning
  144. You’re Thoughtful
  145. You’re Unrivalled
  146. You’re Unsurpassed
  147. You’re A Darling
  148. You’re A Good Friend
  149. You’re A Good Helper
  150. You’re A Joy
  151. You’re A Real Trooper
  152. You’re A Treasure
  153. You’re A Winner
  154. You’re Adorable
  155. You’re A-OK
  156. You’re Beautiful
  157. You’re Caring
  158. You’re Catching On
  159. You’re Exciting.
  160. You’re Fantastic
  161. You’re Getting Better
  162. You’re Growing Up
  163. You’re Important
  164. You’re Incredible
  165. You’re On Target
  166. You’re On Top Of It
  167. You’re On Your Way
  168. You’re One-of-a-Kind
  169. You’re Perfect
  170. You’re Precious
  171. You’re Sensational
  172. You’re So Creative
  173. You’re So Heavenly
  174. You’re So Kissable
  175. You’re So Much Fun
  176. You’re So Sweet
  177. You’re Special
  178. You’re Spectacular
  179. You’re Such a Joy
  180. You’re The Best
  181. You’re Unique
  182. You’re Wonderful
  183. You’ve Discovered The Secret
  184. You’ve Got A Friend
  185. You’ve Hit A Homerun

As originally published in Colossians2.com.

Motivate Reading Through Praise


boys_readBoys often love a conquest or a competition. And I don’t just mean organized sports. I know boys who dislike sports but will spend hours “defending the world” in video games. One way to motivate your son to read is through the use of incentives which will remind you to regularly give praise.

I suggest you come up with a way to track time reading, then give a reward when a set goal is reached. Do not make this too complicated. You basically have three parts to this system. You will measure reading. You will keep track of the reading. You will reward at a given time. Lets look at these three to help you get started.

What You Will Measure
I suggest you measure time reading instead of pages or chapters. However, if your child is a chronic daydreamer you may want to measure pages. For young children I suggest you measure spend time “with” books. A 10 minute period would be great. As they get older you can implement time you want them reading. Start our reasonably, then increase the time.

DSC_1477How To Keep Track
There are so many ways to track success. I suggest you track daily progress. You can make a simple chart and place a checkmark on it, but lets face it. That is a bit boring. You may want come up with a fun way to keep track. If you are into pinterest at all I suggest you check out fun ways to track success. Here is a board to get you started: Incentive Tracking

When your son reaches the goal you have set – then reward him. I suggest you set a goal of 7 days reading at the required time. When 7 days have been successfully completed do something special. Make sure your son knows what he will be earning. I suggest you not make this a “thing” but an experience. After working with hundreds of children, and working with parents to set up incentive programs I have discovered that more often than not children prefer an experience and often an experience with a parent, to getting a “thing.”

Set up that incentive and watch your son rise to your expectation!

Let us know what worked for you by commenting below.

Also, if you would like to know more in depth information about using positive incentives you can read 4 articles on this subject here: Positive Reinforcement