Teen Boys: Humor

Terence Blacker. Boy 2 Girl. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)

Terence Blacker.
Parent Swap. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006)

Don Calame. "Swim the Fly" (Series)
Swim the Fly. (Candlewick, 2009)
Beat the Band. (Candlewick, 2010)
Call the Shots. (Candlewick, 2012)
When I recommend a teen angst novel, or a series of them, with all the old standbys - dorky guy who
doesn't have a chance with the way too hot girl with the big gorilla-ish boyfriend who is sure to beat
the snot out of the dorky guy - well, you know it is special. Swim the Fly, Beat the Band, and Call the
Shots are unapologetically teen angst novels that are just so over the top funny they have to be
experienced. And it is guy humor, too; bathroom and bodily function jokes, stupid pranks, and insanely
complex schemes that go horribly wrong. So laugh it up with three loser friends who have vowed that
this is the summer they will see... well, you’ll figure it out.

Timothy Carter. Evil? (Flux, 2009)
Brilliant! A harrowing and hilarious riff on "The Crucible", with more than enough hot-button issues to
taunt those censors that Arthur Miller took aim at half a century ago (you have been warned). Like
Christopher Moore? Then you need to pick up "Evil?" Disappointed by Lauren Kate's "Fallen"? Try this
instead. You will never look at angels the same way again.

D.L. Garfinkle. Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl. (Putnam, 2005)

Carl Hiaasen.
Flush. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005)   

Carl Hiaasen.
Hoot. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2002)   

Carl Hiaasen.
Scat. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Anthony John.
Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. (Dial, 2012)
How can you have a Christian book with alcohol, tattoos, and teen hormones? Well, that’s sort of the
point. Luke really is a faithful Christian sixteen year old, and he has written a wildly popular
inspirational, idealized book for kids. But how do ideals survive in the real world, away from the
comfort and guidance of parents, pastor, and church? How does a Christian teen survive in an un-
Christian world?

Gordon Korman. Born to Rock. (Hyperion, 2006)

Gordon Korman.
No More Dead Dogs. (Hyperion, 2002)

Gordon Korman.
Son of the Mob. (Hyperion, 2002)
Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle. (Hyperion, 2004)

Christopher Moore.
Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings. (Morrow, 2003)

Christopher Moore.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. (Morrow, 2002)

Daniel H. Wilson.
Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown. (Bloomsbury, 2010)
Physical and psychological torture of bratty little brothers and bossy older sisters is part of a grand
tradition going back to caveman times. Master the arts of noogies, fake nipples, the hanging spit fake,
and the python leg squeeze, then hide this book before your brother finds it and turns this ancient art
against you!
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