Need Boy Read Aloud

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  1. cwp873

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    I have a homeroom of 7th grade boys this year. I teach science, but would like to have a read aloud book for the first couple of weeks. They don't really like the fantasy stuff. They are inner city kids- so kind of worldly for their age, so it can't be too "babyish." Humor would be good. Any suggestions? I looked at the library yesterday, and everything I saw in the young adult section was either girl-oriented, fantasy, or depressing (gangs, drugs, accidents- which they have enough of in their lives). I want something that will have us on rolling on the floor laughing! Thanks!
     
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    How about Holes? Awesome book!! Another good one is Maniac McGee.
     
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    Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen (Inner city bully who is banished for one year to an island instead of going to jail and learns all kinds of stuff about life and himself).
     
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    Christopher Paul Curtis's Bud not Buddy and The Watson's Go to Birmingam

    Suzanne Fisher Staples Dangerous Skies

    Wilson Rawls Summer of Monkesy

    I can't remember the author - All Dogs Die
     
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    My boys LOVE Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
     
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    Freak the Mighty, I second that recommendation. Also, Maniac Magee.
     
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    I vote for Bud, Not Buddy
    From Amazon.com
    "It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then... woop, zoop, sloop... before you can say Jack Robinson, they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could." So figures scrappy 10-year-old philosopher Bud--"not Buddy"--Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes and Hoovervilles in 1930s Michigan. And the idea that's planted itself in his head is that Herman E. Calloway, standup-bass player for the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, is his father.
    Guided only by a flier for one of Calloway's shows--a small, blue poster that had mysteriously upset his mother shortly before she died--Bud sets off to track down his supposed dad, a man he's never laid eyes on. And, being 10, Bud-not-Buddy gets into all sorts of trouble along the way, barely escaping a monster-infested woodshed, stealing a vampire's car, and even getting tricked into "busting slob with a real live girl."
     
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    ≈Ω¸¸ZZZZ c  , Z
     
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    My husband just came into my son's room (he's 14 months) and said "I think the baby typed something on your computer and posted it!" --I didn't believe him but there it is! LOL!

    Wonder what it means??
     
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    any Jerry Spinelli book
    they are awesome!
     
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    Holliday,
    It means "Mom and Dad ...you are not going to get any sleep for the next 18 years!!"
    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    I also recommend this book!
     
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    I was going to suggest Touching Spirit Bear! It is a wonderful book!
     
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    Hatchet, Gary Paulsen.
     
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    Yes, you're right about the sleep!! :lol:

    I would also recommend anything by Paulsen (did you know he lives here in New Mexico?) and also Touching Spirit Bear - although it does have some rough language you might not be comfortable reading out loud in front of 7th graders.

    If they like sports, Heat is a good one. I want to say the author is...gosh...Lupica or something but I could be way off base.
     
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    I read Touching Spirit Bear to my class as a read aloud. The language wasn't that bad; it was realistic and these days, still much milder than what kids that age hear and say.
     
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    I read There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom to my 6th grade inner-city kids and they LOVED it. Of course, this was several years ago. It is a hilarious book.
     
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    I agree with Hatchet and Freak the Mighty. You might try Harris and Me but check the language first. It is a great boy's book and it is written by Paulsen.
     
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    I agree Jerry Spinelli is great, especially Maniac Magee. My boys also like Walter Dean Meyers, especially Slam!
     
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    i loved "Double Trouble For Rupert." It was so funny when I read it. Most boys love John Steinbeck. "It's Like This, Cat" is good too. "The Outsiders" is nice. It does have some gangs in it, but the message at the very end is great for kids growing up in urban areas. S.E. Hinton has some great books. "The Giver" is very good for boys. The Chocolate war is a great novel. "A Solitary Blue" is a very interesting novel. "The Runner" by Cynthia Voight is great for boys too.
     

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