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.