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Here are some recommendations from some guys we trust.
Jon Skovron is the author of Struts and Frets, Misfit, and most recently, Man Made Boy. His short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Defy the Dark, GRIM, and the forthcoming Apollo’s Daughters.
The first three suggestions here are for younger readers, suggested by Jon’s sons, Logan and Zane, aka the SkovBros.
The next three books are for somewhat older readers, suggested by Jon.
“It’s a mystery with a lot of Star Wars jokes and funny pictures. And at the end of each book, it shows you how to make a different Star Wars character.”
“It’s about a super villain. And it’s funny. There should be more books about funny super villains.”
“It’s about a vampire rabbit who sucks the juices of vegetables. My dad liked this book when he was a kid. It’s still good.”
“Swords, sorcery, spies, gods, adventure, and humor. I’m not sure what else you need. This is the first book in The Belgariad series, which hooked me on reading forever.”
“Mafia gangsters with magic.”
“The son of a serial killer catches serial killers. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.”
is a Senior Librarian at the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN. This is what he says:
The Great Eight: great books (kind of) for guys. Also: Magazines. Anytime I’m asked for booklist, I ask, “What about magazines, don’t they count?” Well, it’s my list so they count. Read a magazine every month or week.
A trickster tale about a coyote, a blanket, and a rock. Hot times in the desert.
Or anything by Stine. The man's a genius. Don't believe me: this is about twin teen girls vampires one hot summer. Do the math.
This has it all: humor, adventure, smart mouth teen boys, stupid rules to rebel against, and fire.
When you don’t have time for chapters or even paragraphs, choose bullets. Bullet points that is.
Nothing wrong with the first two volumes, but this is "just delicious!" Don't read this during lunch or before or after.
A 10-year-old gets a chance to play with the big boys. Read this and you'll feel the sweat fly off the pages.
By the Rolling Stone editors. An earlier edition of this book was my Bible at age 17. Everything you need to know.
A timeless story of outcasts versus the privileged. Exciting and heartbreaking — Hinton should be applauded for understanding the mind of a guy so well.
Lex Luthor finally finds a way to kill Superman and the Big Blue Boy Scout prepares for his death with a shocking ending no one could have seen.
A ship full of children from an all boys' school crashes on the beach of a deserted island. Unfortunately, it isn't long before the kids stop working together and break up into tribes with dark and deadly results.
Most people have seen the movie but few have read the book and that’s a shame. Pinocchio is a walking nightmare and hilarious.
An adaptation of the Jungle Book but instead of a boy being raised by wolves, he's reared by ghosts in an abandoned cemetery. It's chilling and dark, yet a powerful lesson on how a boy becomes a man.
Anything by Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Dave Barry, Roald Dahl, Robert Cormier, Jack Gantos, Peg Kehret, Gary Paulsen, Carl Hiassen, Andrew Clements, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gordon Korman, Roland Smith, Anthony Horowitz, and some guy named Jon Scieszka.
Genius. The Sgt. Pepper of children's books.
Still the best survival story.
This is the book that turned me on to reading. For the first time, somebody wrote like they were having a conversation with me.
Or anything by Dr. Seuss. Can’t beat it.
Without it, all intelligent life on Earth would have ceased to exist.
Exciting, funny, and occasionally gross. What more could you want?
Intense stuff — reality TV taken to the extreme — but I couldn't put it down.
Funny, touching, and fascinating — plus it has excellent cartoons.
Love the drawings, love the characters, love the stories.
Straight-out wacky, hilarious stuff.