or is there a serious lack of boy-themed books for the 5-8 set? I don’t mean books with boys in them, I mean books with boys as the lead, with boys being boys. Books showcasing a good male lead full of masculinity and morals. To find that, you need to go back to the classics. Even the books I see recommended have strong females involved. Harry Potter has Hermine. Edmund and Peter of Narnia have Susan and Lucy. Even the Magic Treehouse series, which I have seen recommended for this age, the lead boy has a sister that gets involved and goes everywhere with him. Star Wars books are good, but really, too advanced for this age, and even there, in the new Star Wars expanded universe, there are several strong female jedis, and after reading the summary of the books, it seems that the Jedi creedo of never falling in love is out the window as jedi after jedi pair off.
Oh wait, there is always Capitan Underpants. Ugh..