Boys with Swords
Some are ninjas, some are knights, some are normal kids…but they all have one thing in common–they picked up a sword. The boys in these books end up on valiant quests and in dangerous situations, because of those swords. So pick up a book, and join their adventures!
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Alexander, Lloyd. The Black Cauldron
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, longs to be a hero. He begins his journey with a strange assortment of companions on a dangerous mission to save his beloved land, Prydain. Packed with action, humor, romance, and gallantry, Taran’s adventures chronicle his beloved Prydain and his battle with the forces of evil.
Allen, Will. Swords for Hire
In the ancient kingdom of Parnall, sixteen-year-old Sam Hatcher and an eccentric Royal Guard set out on a mission to rescue the rightful king who has been imprisoned in a faraway dungeon by his evil brother.
Bell, Hilari, Knight and Rogue: Last Knight #1
Although there hasn’t been a knight errant in over two hundred years, Michael has decided to revive the trade. He’s found himself a reluctant partner in Fisk, a clever rogue who has been given the choice of serving as Michael’s squire or going to jail. Now Michael and Fisk are on a quest to right wrongs, protect the innocent, and make the world a happier place. It’s not going to be easy.
Bell, Hilari. Shield, Sword and Crown Series: Shield of Stars #1
When the Justice he works for is condemned for treason, fourteen-year-old and semi-reformed pickpocket Weasel sets out to find a notorious bandit who may be able to help save his master’s life
Bell, Hilari. The Prophecy
Can a bard, a sword, a unicorn and a hopeless prince save a kingdom? Prince Perryn sure hopes so. When he unearths a prophecy on how to kill the dragon, Perryn sets out to find the three things needed to make it come true. But, as everyone knows, the only thing more absurd than pursuing a prophecy is believing any of these legends might still be found.
Bradford, Chris. Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior #1
Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescued him begins training him as a samurai warrior.
Brittney, L. Nathan Fox: Dangerous Times
Nathan Fox, orphaned gypsy and actor extraordinaire is recruited by England’s spymaster general to enter the service of Queen Elizabeth I. The teen is to accompany seasoned agent and ladies’ man John Pearce on a mission to Venice in order to form an alliance with Italy against Spain. But things don’t go as planned, and Nathan is living in dangerous times…
Chima, Cinda. The Warrior Heir
Jack’s small-town world in Ohio begins to unravel when he starts to unleash unintentional bursts of wizardry. When he recovers a powerful sword from an ancestor’s grave, he begins to realize how different he really is…
The first book of the Heir Trilogy.
Crum, Shutta. Thomas and the Dragon Queen
With little more than a donkey, a vest, and a sword, Thomas will have to use all of his courage and determination to battle a beast with many heads, reach a forbidden island, and rescue the princess from a most fearsome dragon-and an even more fearsome fate!
Davis, Tony. Roland Wright: Future Knight #1
Roland Wright wants to be a knight, but his dad is a blacksmith. Only boys from noble families can even dream of becoming knights. When mysterious visitors arrive in the village one day, everything changes. Roland finds himself in the contest of a lifetime, with a real chance to become a page, the first step on the road to knighthood. But can skinny, clumsy Roland beat an opponent who is stronger, older—and doesn’t play by the rules?
Farmer, Nancy. Sea of Trolls
Jack, bard-in-training, is kidnapped and enslaved by a wild band of Viking raiders and must outwit his captors to save both himself and his sister. The Vikings’ half-troll queen orders Jack on a quest to Troll-land, where he battles giant spiders, troll-bears, and a protective mother dragon to find the magical well that will restore the queen’s beauty.
Greer, Gery. Max and Me and the Time Machine
Steve buys a time machine at a garage sale and takes his friend Max to the year 1250, where they land in the middle of a jousting match, with the fierce Sir Bevis as an enemy.
Haberdasher,Violet. Knightley Academy
Henry Grim, a servant at the Midsummer School for Boys, becomes the first commoner to enter the austere Knightley Academy. If Henry excels, the school could open its doors to commoners for good; but vicious sabotage threatens his triumph. On the hunt to identify his saboteurs, Henry discovers a plot to break the treaty and start a war.
Hightman, Jason. The Saint of Dragons
Simon St.George has attended an elite boarding school for eleven years. One day, a man shows up on campus claiming to be his father. Before a day passes, Simon finds himself abducted by this odd stranger and about to be initiated into the family business–dragon-hunting. The man explains that “the Dragon is the source of all that is rotten in the world,” and that since the time of the legendary St. George of England, his descendants have been dragon-hunters. Now Simon is needed to join the fight.
Jennewein, Jim. Sword of Doom
In the fortress of King Eldred the Moody, Dane the Defiant receives honors and a magical rune sword that belonged to his father, but he also finds treachery that sends him and his friends on a quest to retrieve the sword from a thief who hopes it will lead to a fabled treasure.
LaFevers, R. L. Lowthar’s Blade: The Forging of the Blade #1
After his father’s disappearance, Kenric discovers that the evil Lord Mordig has been kidnapping blacksmiths and forcing them to try to re-create the monarch’s sword of power. With the help of a mysterious beggar and a goblin named Hnagi, Kenric travels to the capital, where he encounters elves and magical forces in his efforts to save both his father and his land.
Lake, A.J. Darkest Age: The Coming of Dragons #1
Edmund, a king’s son in disguise, and Elspeth, a sea captain’s daughter, are the only two survivors of a terrible shipwreck. They just want to go home, but fate has other plans as they are drawn into the fight against an evil warlord terrorizing their homeland. Accompanied by a mysterious minstrel and haunted by magical powers they did not seek, Edmund and Elspeth journey across a savage land of wild boars, fierce rogue knights, and black magic.
Llewellyn, Sam. Lyonesse: The Well Between the Worlds #1
Idris Limpet, living with his family in the once noble but now evil and corrupt island country of Lyonesse, finds his life taking a dramatic turn when, after a near-drowning incident, he is accused of being allied to the feared sea monsters and is rescued from a death sentence by a mysterious and fearsome stranger.
Neff, Henry. The Tapestry: The Hound of Rowan #1
Max McDaniels stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry in a museum and learns that priceless artworks and other gifted children are disappearing from around the globe. After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in the tapestry, he becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in preparation for war with an ancient enemy behind the kidnappings.
Newman, Robert. Merlin’s Mistake
When Merlin mistakenly endows him with the gift of knowing the future, Tertius finds it more burdensome than useful when all he really wants is to be a knight. Setting out on a quest with his brothers, that forward-thinking might help them out more than he could have ever imagined.
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon
Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy-until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save-or destroy-the Empire.
Roberts, Judson. The Strongbow Saga: Viking Warrior: Denmark A.D. 845, #1
Despite being the son of a chieftain and a princess, Halfdan lives as a slave in Denmark in A.D. 845. Through a tragic bargain he gains his freedom and sets out to claim his birthright.Halfdan shall come to know the glories of true brotherhood and the unspeakable horrors of true evil.
Salvatore, R. A. Stone of Tymora: The Stowaway, #1
Maimum, a young orphan boy who has been bequeathed a stone imbued with mysterious powers. At sea, the boy finds and ally who helps him fend off pirates and beasties as Maimum runs afoul of a terrifying, maniacal demon.
Spradlin, Michael. The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail #1
Orphaned Tristan lived a quiet, unassuming life. When the Knights Templar visit the monastery, he is given the opportunity to accompany the Knights to the Holy Land to help fight in the Crusades. The boy faces peril after peril. He wonders about his identity and his past, often hinted at by the others. Given a dangerous, but important task, Tristan must decide whom he can trust and how he can survive.
Vega, Diego. Young Zorro: The Iron Brand
When men start disappearing from the pueblo of Los Angeles and cattle are missing from Diego’s father’s rancho, Diego and his friend Bernardo encounter an injustice so wicked that they must take action. A story of a land of vaqueros and kidnappers–an exciting world in which a hero is formed.
Williams, Mark. Dragon Sword: Danger Boy #2
Eli’s time-traveling talent leads him to his missing mother’s location. In trying to find her Eli and his friends are hurled far into the past, where they find new allies in the legendary King Arthur and Merlin. Together, they must do whatever it takes to keep the powerful sword Excalibur from falling into Nazi hands.
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The Castle in the Attic
William has just received the best present of his life; an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a finger high knight to guard the gates. William is certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny knight, it comes alive! Suddenly, William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle.
Yancey, Rick. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur-the legendary sword of King Arthur-and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man. With an ancient order of knights in hot cars, thugs on motorcycles, and a mysterious international organization following his every lumbering step, Alfred undertakes a modern-day quest to unravel a thousand-year-old mystery and return the sword to its rightful place.
Yolen, Jane. Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur
The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of himself; too many people want the throne, and treachery is everywhere. So Merlin magically places a sword into a slab of rock, lets it be known that whosoever removes the blade will rule all of England, and invites any man who would dare, to try to pull out the sword. After a bit of showmanship, Arthur will draw the blade (with a little magical help) and his people will rally around him. Except someone else pulls the sword out first…
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So if you’re looking for an exciting read over winter vacation, find a comfy corner, grab one of these books, and get ready for quests, fights for survival, and adventures! Happy Holidays!