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Title: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: cnotes on June 22, 2013, 12:08 AM
Can anyone recommend any funny MG books with male protagonists?

Many thanks!
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: angela on June 22, 2013, 05:45 AM
Wimpy Kid
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (+ his other books)
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: annastan on June 22, 2013, 05:57 AM
The Alvin Ho books by Lenore Look are great, and I haven't read it yet but I've heard good things about Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
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Post by: YAScribe on June 22, 2013, 06:23 AM
Can I recommend my own? :lol4 It's releasing July 12.

http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=652&category_id=144&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1
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Post by: Kurtis on June 22, 2013, 06:33 AM
The Fourth Stall and sequels.
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Post by: rab on June 22, 2013, 07:01 AM
How about Mike Jung's book?
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Post by: Leandra on June 22, 2013, 07:42 AM
I'm reading one right now called The Secret Country, book 1 in The Eidolon Chronicles. Here's the first paragraph of the blurb: Ben wants a Mongolian Fighting Fish more than anything. But when he goes to Mr. Dodd's Pet Emporium with his hard earned savings, he buys a cat instead. He doesn't have a choice, really. The cat insists.

It's fun so far!
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Post by: hairaplenty on June 22, 2013, 07:53 AM
Storky, How I lost my nickname and got the girl
by
Garfinkle (sp)
Also, Swim the Fly is suppose to be funny, though I've not read it.
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Post by: andracill on June 22, 2013, 11:44 AM
Hairaplenty, those are both more tween/lower YA, but yes, they're both very funny.

My son enjoyed the Big Nate books, the Alcatraz books by Brandon Sanderson, Ordinary Boy and its sequels by William Boniface, Calvin & Hobbes (ha), Pendragon series by DJ McHale (he says it can be funny, but there are some not-so-funny parts too), Guys Read: Funny Business -- to name a few.
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: cnotes on June 22, 2013, 12:47 PM
Wow, thanks for all the suggestions!

I think based on one of the comments and suggestions, I am looking for more lower ya/tween recommendations.

Many of these books are on my 8 year old's shelf. Is 8 considered MG?
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: Kurtis on June 22, 2013, 01:30 PM
Lower end of MG, sure. In that case I think you want Andrew Clements and Tom Angleberger.
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Post by: cindoh on June 22, 2013, 01:52 PM
It's been a while since I've read Storky (by our own Debby Garfinkle), but I remember it as solidly YA, not really younger YA, and wouldn't think its content appropriate for an 8 year old. But Debby's Zeke Meke chapter book series is definitely in that age range, with a funny male MC.
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on June 22, 2013, 02:09 PM
THE BIG SPLASH by Jack Ferriaolo is funny!
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Post by: andracill on June 22, 2013, 02:47 PM
If you're looking for lower YA to mid-YA, Brent Crawford's Carter Finally Gets It is very funny. 
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Post by: Lwrites on June 22, 2013, 03:16 PM
This may go without saying, but no one has mentioned Roald Dahl yet. A lot of his books have boy MCs and they are hilarious!

And I second the Tom Angleberger rec!
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Post by: Christy on June 22, 2013, 04:12 PM
Fast and the Furious
Aliens on Vacation
False Prince
Edgar Allen and the Investigation Notebook
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: cnotes on June 22, 2013, 05:13 PM
Can I recommend my own? :lol4 It's releasing July 12.

http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=652&category_id=144&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1

Congratulations! I'll be sure to check it out.
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Post by: jeanne k on June 22, 2013, 06:17 PM
Holes, of course, and anything else by Louis Sachar.

I'll second Andrew Clemment.

Also, the Accidental Zombie books by David Lubar.
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Post by: Michelle DP on June 22, 2013, 06:56 PM
Artemis Fowl (The first one is especially funny, but all of them are good.)
The Percy Jackson books
I'd forgotten about Holes--that one is great.

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Post by: Debby G on June 23, 2013, 09:02 AM
Thanks a lot for recommending my books!!! Cindy is right that Storky is a YA, but my Zeke Meeks series is geared to kids in elementary school. I second the David Lubar and Louis Sachar recommendations and also recommend Gordon Korman's funny books and Sanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee. My boys and I enjoyed all these.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on June 23, 2013, 12:48 PM
I loved COSMIC, STANFORD WONG..., the Percy Jackson series, the Alcatraz books, and SMELLS LIKE DOG and SMELLS LIKE TREASURE by Suzanne Selfors.
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Post by: xiaotien on June 23, 2013, 05:05 PM
Kid Versus Squid and The Boy at the End of the World by
greg van eekhout.

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by our very own mike jung!
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Post by: Jody Feldman on June 23, 2013, 06:33 PM
Anything by Gordon Korman
(and I've been told the book on my avatar is funny)
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Post by: Liz Straw on June 23, 2013, 08:44 PM
Spy School and Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
Will Hobbs books 
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Post by: angela on June 23, 2013, 09:39 PM
Cressida Cowell's books (how to train your dragon / how to be a pirate / etc...) are really humorous and perfect for age 8.
Title: Re: MG Books with Boy Protagonists?
Post by: cnotes on June 24, 2013, 05:22 PM
Thanks, all! This has been hugely helpful. Now my son and I both have fully stocked summer TBR piles (upper MG/lower YA for me, lower MG for him)!
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Post by: ameyers on July 12, 2013, 11:16 AM
I'm glad I checked in here  - am in the process of working on my first MG with a male protagonist - I did like Artemus Fowl though it did surprise me that a teenage mc would be a criminal.
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Post by: JohnellDeWitt on July 12, 2013, 01:38 PM
Brandon Mull has great MG books with with male MCs--The Beyonders comes to mind first, The Candy Shop Wars and his best series by far, Fablehaven. Of the three, I'd say the Candy Shop Wars is probably best for the younger audiences. Eight years old is perfect for it. The Beyonders and Fablehaven would be on the older MG side with Fablehaven maybe stretching into the lower YA, depending on the kid of course.
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Post by: austen on July 12, 2013, 04:24 PM
I highly recommend the Whole Nother Story books by Cuthbert Soup.
My almost 11 year old loves these. They're hilarious--plus it's about being on the run from the government and time travel!
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Post by: Michelle DP on July 16, 2013, 10:30 PM
ameyers, Artemis is an anti-hero, and a really well-written one. Usually, I hate books with anti-heroes but Colfer does a good job of making Artemis just sympathetic enough. Later books introduce an array of other villains who push Artemis into the hero camp.
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Post by: Bobi Martin on July 17, 2013, 04:48 AM
Don't forget Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Super Fudge, etc by Judy Blume. Also Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville.
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Post by: Liz Straw on July 17, 2013, 01:49 PM
Just started reading Side Kicked by John David Anderson - it is about kids in middle school who are sidekicks for super heros.   

I admit I used to love reading Superman comics...

This is about the new generation of superheros and the new upcoming generation.  Fun and Funny to read about how a group of middle schoolers deal with their super powers in their everyday life.

  :superwoman
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Post by: ameyers on July 27, 2013, 04:19 AM
Michelle  that is true. When I read the first book I was surprised though. That said the book is well written.
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Post by: Lisa Marnell on September 05, 2013, 09:24 PM
Joey Pigza books about a boy with ADHD . . . hilarious, yet beautiful and refined in dealing with the subject matter.

Lisa
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Post by: Jamie K on September 10, 2013, 10:35 AM
Emerald Atlas -  a fantasy featuring siblings 2 girls and a boy

Quantum Prophecy - about kids of superheroes that lost their abilities. The kids are at an age where their abilities start manifesting.
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Post by: Pons on September 10, 2013, 01:22 PM
Growling Eyeballs series by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler
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Post by: Liz Straw on September 10, 2013, 07:10 PM
I just finished reading Zach Ziegler and His So-Called Middle School Life by Will Overby.  The story was not really that original - fat boy in middle school, although he did have friends. However, I thought the voice of Zach was done very well and his character was well developed. It was a good story, there was some teasing about his being fat, but the teacher's always stepped in when it was done in school and only one person continued to call him by a horrid nick-name. SPOILER In the end the 'mortal enemy' stood up for him before they even considered any idea of being friends, and they were not really friends by the end of the book although headed that way.
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Post by: W.E. Larson on September 12, 2013, 08:52 AM
My son liked the NERDS series by Micheal Buckley which is an assemble of main characters both male and female. He also really enjoys Gordon Korman's books. He hasn't been interested in the Artemis Fowl books, but my daughter loves them (I like them too :) )

On a side note, I have a dog (er... not the beagle in my avatar) that looks a lot like the dog in your avatar, lizstraw.
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Post by: Marcia on September 18, 2013, 07:28 AM
TWERP by Mark Goldblatt. A coming of age with a good first person boy voice, takes place in 1969.
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Post by: cnotes on September 18, 2013, 11:31 AM
I love that this thread is still going!

My 8 yo just finished the Alvin Ho series and loved it. He read these on his own.

We just started the Percy Jackson series together and I think we both love it equally.
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Post by: Pons on September 18, 2013, 02:39 PM
Edison's Gold by Geoff Watson
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Post by: amberturner on September 18, 2013, 02:49 PM
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms has a very endearing boy main character.
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Post by: knightauthor on October 15, 2013, 08:08 AM
Crystal Allen did an excellent job with 'How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy'