The Best ManeBook - 2016
Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer,; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth--Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school.
But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does. He doesn't see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he's the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. But that gets ahead of the story.
In pages that ripple with laughter, there's a teardrop here and there. And more than a few insights about the bewildering world of adults, made by a boy on his way to being the best man he can be.
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JCLChrisK Jun 19, 2017
An excellent book about the relationships between strong characters of strong character and Archer's aspirations to become one of them. Amusing, entertaining, and wise.
mandaladreamer Jan 19, 2017
I thought this book was excellent. The youngsters in this book are thoughtful and observant, and the older adults who are their good examples show caring and guidance as all the characters navigate through different kinds of relationships. Nothing sugar-coated in this book, especially the aspect... Read More »
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One gay uncle
One witty best friend (that's a GIRL)
One National Guard student teacher
and a whole bunch of complicated adult relationships
Archer takes us on an hilarious ride through friends, bullies, family and a world as seen through the eyes of a wise cracking middle schooler growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. (Oh, BTW Go Cubs Go!)
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