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Funny books for 13 year old boy?

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Initial post: Nov 26, 2009 4:37:52 PM PST
I'd love to keep my son reading. He likes to read but sometimes gets tired of what he has to read for school. He likes to be funny and I thought a funny book would be right up his alley. Haven't had any luck finding something to make him laugh. Any ideas?

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 6:03:17 PM PST
I would recommend the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It's about a boy named (you guessed it!) Percy Jackson, who is a demigod, the son of a Greek God. He has to fight his way to Camp Halfblood, the only place where demigods are not attacked by monsters, but there he learns that he is part of an important prophecy.

The books are funny, but also very informative. I've read all five, starting with The Lightning Thief, which is being turned into a movie soon, and I was so, so sad to put down the last one a month ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 4:18:36 PM PST
K. McNamara says:
Some humorous fantasy:
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Robert Asprin Another Fine Myth (lots of puns).
Diana Wynn Jones Darklord of Derkholm
Terry Pratchett - The Color of Magic (Discworld), The Bromeliad Trilogy, Nation

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 5:34:39 PM PST
C Rosenfeld says:
Marley and Me. My 11 yr old loved it.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 6:25:35 PM PST
My almost 14-year-old son was also looking for funny books but, finding none, we stumbled onto 2 great trilogies: The Bartimeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud, and The Stoneheart Trilogy, by Charlie Fletcher. We only bought the first book at first for each trilogy, but ended up buying the rest for both. Good luck keeping him reading.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 3:07:37 PM PST
If you're interested in a middle-grades math tale check out WRAPPERS WANTED available here on Amazon. Cute story about surface area (often a difficult concept for middle schoolers).

Posted on Apr 17, 2010 11:41:59 PM PDT
Still looking?

This is an adventure but has a lot of really funny kids dialog in it!

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Posted on Apr 18, 2010 8:53:03 PM PDT
TexasPetunia says:
I highly recommend a five-book series by Keith Robertson about a boy named Henry Reed. They are laugh-out-loud funny books written as journals from fourteen year old Henry's point of view. All but the second book focus on Henry's various attempts at summer jobs. You can probably find them in you local library. Titles are Henry Reed, Inc., Henry Reed's Journey, Henry Reed's Babysitting Service, Henry Reed's Think Tank, and Henry Reed's Big Show. The second and third books are my family's favorites; they are great for boys or girls. Actually, my husband and I enjoy hearing them read aloud too.
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