Good reads for boys (who don't like mysteries or adventure stories)

A Listmania! list by N. B. Kennedy (Hopewell, NJ USA)
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The list author says: "I have a hard time finding books for my son to read. He doesn't like adventure or mysteries (Hardy Boys, The 39 Clues), fantasy (Harry Potter) or science fiction (can't even make a guess here). He likes humor and situations he's lived, like school, camp or summer vacation. The protagonist HAS to be a boy and if it's a series, so much the better. My requirement is that the book be free (or nearly so) of objectionable scenes and dialog, adjusting my expectations as my son gets older and is facing situations that I want him to have the capacity to think about and make good decisions about."
The Class Trip from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon Adventures, No. 1)
1.  The Class Trip from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon Adventures, No. 1) by Mike Thaler
The list author says:
  "The Black Lagoon books were an early favorite of my son's, maybe in 2d or 3d grade. Mike Thaler also has a series for the Christian reader. I'll list that next."
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Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday (Tales from the Back Pew)
2.  Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday (Tales from the Back Pew) by Mike Thaler
The list author says:
  "Tales from the Back Pew has the same author-illustrator pairing. They're not as clever as the Black Lagoon series, but they extend your child's series reading experience and they have a faith angle."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

My Weird School Daze #1: Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control!
3.  My Weird School Daze #1: Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control! by Dan Gutman
The list author says:
  "Dan Gutman's series about elementary school kids and their teachers is a good one for 4th grade or so."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Miss Child Has Gone Wild! (My Weirder School, Book 1)
4.  Miss Child Has Gone Wild! (My Weirder School, Book 1) by Dan Gutman
The list author says:
  "Dan Gutman began a second series after Weird School Daze. The kids are one grade older in the second series."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School
5.  Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The list author says:
  "Another school-based series my son liked, although not as much as the School Daze series."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
6.  Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
The list author says:
  "The Magic Tree House kept us going for a very long time!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
7.  The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole
The list author says:
  "The Magic School Bus series gave us another long run. The pages have so many things going on visually and information-wise that you can adjust your reading to suit your child's age and interest."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

My Life as a Smashed Burrito With Extra Hot Sauce (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #1)
8.  My Life as a Smashed Burrito With Extra Hot Sauce (The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle #1) by Bill Myers
The list author says:
  "The Wally McDoogle series is great for a humorous read with a Christian message. The books would be good for an elementary school child."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks #1: Secret Identity Crisis
9.  The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks #1: Secret Identity Crisis by Jake Bell
The list author says:
  "This series is a mix of comic book and sustained narrative. It's another male protagonist in a school setting and has plenty of humor. Great for an inbetween stage."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

How Fast Is It?
10.  How Fast Is It? by Ben Hillman
The list author says:
  "This is a series of nonfiction books with large, colorful and funny photos and drawings, but they have enough text to interest the reader in the topic; in this case, speedy things."
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How Big Is It?
11.  How Big Is It? by Ben Hillman
The list author says:
  "Another Ben Hillman book."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

How Weird Is It?
12.  How Weird Is It? by Ben Hillman
The list author says:
  "And another..."
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The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Matt Christopher Sports Classics)
13.  The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Matt Christopher Sports Classics) by Matt Christopher
The list author says:
  "What would we have done without Matt Christopher! A great collection of books for sports-mad kids."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
14.  Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman
The list author says:
  "Yes, I know, adventure. But his love for baseball trumps his aversion to adventure tales. Great time-travel series, although there are a few scenes I didn't like."
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The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio)
15.  The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka
The list author says:
  "An adventure series but with a historical twist that made it palatable for my son."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Do Not Open
16.  Do Not Open by John Farndon
The list author says:
  "This is a graphics laden encyclopedia of oddities, mysteries and crimes. Great for the reluctant reader, though not younger ones, I'd say."
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Cool Stuff and How It Works
17.  Cool Stuff and How It Works by Chris Woodford
The list author says:
  "Gadgets explained in colorful photographs and short bursts of text."
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Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)
18.  Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) by Jeff Kinney
The list author says:
  "Of course, Jeff Kinney's books are providing another good series read... if only they came out more often!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,051 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)
19.  Redwall (Redwall, Book 1) by Brian Jacques
The list author says:
  "I love these books; my son, not so much. But I wanted to mention this series anyway."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (866 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set
20.  The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set by Lloyd Alexander
The list author says:
  "In fifth grade, my son read the first book of the Prydain series. I guess it could be called fantasy. His teacher obviously had a lot to do with motivating him! They had a morning reading club in which they went through the entire series."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

Where the Red Fern Grows
21.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The list author says:
  "Another book my son read in his 5th grade classroom. Though he liked it, between this book and Because of Winn Dixie, he told me, "No more dead dogs!""
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No More Dead Dogs
22.  No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
The list author says:
  "And there actually is a book by that title!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

The Absolute Value of Mike
23.  The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine
The list author says:
  "Our first experience with Kathryn Erskine and we both loved this book. It's a story about a boy whose math genius father doesn't understand him and sends him to live with his eccentric great aunt and uncle for the summer."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Kid from Tomkinsville (Odyssey Classics (Odyssey Classics))
24.  The Kid from Tomkinsville (Odyssey Classics (Odyssey Classics)) by John Roberts Tunis
The list author says:
  "I'm going to try this classic series with him next. It's a good one for baseball fanatics like my son."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
25.  Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko by Gennifer Choldenko
The list author says:
  "This was a reading requirement for the summer between 6th and 7th grade. He liked it so much, he was happy to read the second Capone book, which I'll list next."
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes
26.  Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
The list author says:
  "As good as "Does My Shirts," my son says."
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As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
27.  As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
The list author says:
  "This is the story of a boy whose summer camp is shut down and he has to find his way back to his parents, who are on vacation. My son read it over the summer between 7th and 8th grade."
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The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-o-pedia (Worst-Case Scenario: Junior Edition)
28.  The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-o-pedia (Worst-Case Scenario: Junior Edition) by David Borgenicht
The list author says:
  "I keep forgetting my son likes nonfiction better than fiction. This is a picture-heavy book that will appeal to kids who want to imagine surviving crocodile attacks, mudslides and the Bermuda Triangle."
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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
29.  Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Bret Witter
The list author says:
  "This is the first "adult" book my son wanted to read. He loves animals. Not only did he want to read this book, he wanted to own it. Now, there's a children's edition, Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story, that younger children might like. My son was 11 when he read it."
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Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series)
30.  Dead End in Norvelt (Norvelt Series) by Jack Gantos
The list author says:
  "The story of a boy who is "grounded for life" and spends the summer helping a neighbor write obituaries of their town's founders. My son's 8th grade summer reading choice."
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The Worst-Case Scenario: Amazon (An Ultimate Adventure Novel)
31.  The Worst-Case Scenario: Amazon (An Ultimate Adventure Novel) by David Borgenicht
The list author says:
  "This is a 3-book series in which the reader has to make choices in order to survive a trek to either the Amazon, Everest or Mars. The choices determine the trajectory of the story. My son read it in 8th grade, although a much younger child could read it."
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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
32.  The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "OK, so I said my son didn't like adventure stories. And, it's true, he tried this book a few years ago and didn't like it. But in 7th grade he studied Greek mythology and now he's tearing through the Olympians series (summer before 9th grade)."
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Discussion Replies Latest Post
First book in Redwall series 2 Nov 2, 2012
preordered and book has NOT shipped 7 Dec 11, 2011
Release Date to Late! 1 Dec 11, 2011
Numbering? 0 Nov 21, 2011
Pricing 9 Nov 14, 2011
Plot? 1 Jun 20, 2011
How many chapters? 0 May 30, 2011
How Many Redwall Books have you read? 2 Jan 1, 2011
Recorded books 1 Dec 2, 2010
 
   

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