Guys Read, Too!

We can’t all be a popular jock and, really, who wants to be? Let's hear it for the underdog in all of us! These books prove that geeky guys can survive and even thrive with a wry sense of humor and a dose of brainpower.

Shipwreck

By Gordon Korman

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Luke, J.J. Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian. They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They didn't want to be stuck at sea with a bunch of strangers. But when you're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there's no easy way out. And when a terrifying storm hits, there's no way to fully prepare. It's all about survival.
Also available on audio. First of a trilogy.

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War and Peace

By Leo Tolstoy

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Monumental novel of Russian society and Napoleon's invasion.
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Schooled

By Gordon Korman

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Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis (Illustrator)

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Four young recruits infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened and disable the source of secret subliminal messages which have made people fearful about their world.  

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Toby Wheeler Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer

By Thatcher Heldring

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When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other areas of his life. 

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The Wednesday Wars

By Gary D. Schmidt

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During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in. 

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The Schwa Was Here

By Neal Shusterman

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Middle-school readers will empathize with aptly named Calvin Schwa as he tries to raise his own visibility while discovering why his mother disappeared. Amusing incidents and solid characterization carry this story to its poignant conclusion.  

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The London Eye Mystery

By Siobhan Dowd

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When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim. 

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. 

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The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

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Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. 

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