The Best ManBook - 2016
Archer Magill has spent a lively, funny five years of elementary school on the lookout for role models. Three of the best are in his own family: his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great car remodeler; 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 truly great teacher. And one who becomes a bit of a celebrity - along with his army dog, Argus. But now here comes middle school, and a whole lot of change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does! He doesn't see too far ahead (even though he's always watching), and so he regularly seems to be taken by surprise. Then a really big surprise 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 are a few tears as well. And plenty of insights about the bewildering world of adults, made by a boy on his way to becoming the best man he can be. -- from dust jacket.
From Library Staff
multcolib_kids Apr 12, 2014
(Gr 4-6) Archer Magill has been in two weddings. The first one, at age six, was a disaster. The only good thing was meeting his best friend, Lynette. In fact, Lynette saved his butt...literally. But the second wedding, now that he's 12, was the best! Not only did he get a really sharp, handm... Read More »
multcolib May 18, 2020
Archer Magill has been in two weddings. The first one, at age six, was a disaster. The only good thing was meeting his best friend, Lynette. In fact, Lynette saved his butt...literally. But the second wedding, now that he's 12, was the best! Not only did he get a really sharp, handmade suit out o... 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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