January 15, 2010

Friday's For the Guys

Everything Friday I highlight books and authors that are ones boys might really enjoy. I'm not saying girls wouldn't read these books, but they are clearly "guy" books.

This Friday I'm highlighting:

The Alfred Kropp Series

I read the first book in this 3 books series, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, a long while back now and really enjoyed it.  I liked that the main character isn't your typical hero.  He's not some perfect kid that knows all the right things to - he doesn't but that makes him more likable. 

Here's the summary from Goodreads:
Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur—the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy’s coming of age.

Like the summary says, it's a very fast paced story that has, at least in my opinion, quit a bit of blood and gore.  Not overly so, but way more than I expected.  I have yet to read the next two books (see below), but I plan on getting to them.  This series hasn't gotten much attention, and I'm not sure why.  The covers may be a factor.  The one for the first book isn't that exciting, and they kept changing them for the other books.  All I know is that every chance I get I suggest this book to the boys I teach.  If I get get them to ignore the size of it (they think it looks too long), they really enjoy the story when they are done. 

                    Book #2: The Seal of Solomon


  1. Sounds like a scary series! :) And that cover of the third book, I wouldnt pick that one up! Give me the creeps. LOL.

  2. I love that you feature books for so many different audiences on your blog. It is so impressive.

  3. What a great weekly meme. You have such great ideas! And, I think that books for boys are harder to choose. Thanks for doing the legwork!

  4. I am always looking for books that will interest my eighth grade guys. They are a hard group to engage in my reading program. Thanks for the recommendation, and I will definitely be stopping by on Fridays for more.

  5. I'm always looking for books for boys - thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Smart of you to direct some books toward the boys. They do seem to be more reluctant readers than girls and you have to appeal to them with some action- to get them started anyway. You clearly work hard at making books appeal to young readers.