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Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boys Hardcover – August 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (August 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525476849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525476849
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–These selections, newly written for this collection, include stories, plays, essays, and verse, and, for the most part, they are as wholesome and innocent as Boy's Life. In one exception, Bill C. Davis's Family Meeting, the narrator has to deal with the suicide of his older half brother and acknowledge that his father did not marry any of his three wives until they were pregnant. In Ron Koertge's realistic play Lanky Boys with Cars, two 12-year-olds discuss what they know, or think they know, about sex. But the norm here is uncontroversial. Sneed B. Collard III's narrator in The Tower faces his fear of jumping from a high platform into a river. In To Speak or Not to Speak, Edwin Endlich's protagonist discovers that, when acting out memorized lines, he does not stutter. Barbara Robinson's allergic hero of A Pet for Calvin adopts a worm. The Squids and Heroes and Villains have science-fiction motifs, and The Marooned Boy is a version of a Caddo Indian story. Perhaps the most touching piece is Raymond Bial's essay, Bucking Bales, about a summer he spent doing chores for a neighboring farmer and learning in the process that, unlike his father, a man could praise and appreciate what a boy does. The appendix contains information about the writers and short essays by them about how the pieces came to be written. Dude! will find its niche in libraries where more anthologies are needed, where librarians and teachers want ready access to read-alouds more mature than picture books, and where one-act plays are popular.–Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. These 18 original stories, plays, and poems by prizewinning writers range from entertaining to challenging and offer an array of characters and experiences. In Bill C. Davis' intimate, thought-provoking "Family Meeting," a boy whose stepbrother committed suicide discovers the value of life. Jamie Adoff's "Twelve" is a rap poem about experiencing violence but still retaining hope. Jose Cruz Gonzalez's play Watermelon Kisses is an amusing, credible portrayal of brotherly love and squabbles. The selections, which include many well-written gems, will resonate with and also amuse middle-grade boys, who are in the midst of conquering fears, establishing relationships with girls, and facing various ethical dilemmas as they struggle to grow up. Short author biographies, which note the author's inspiration for the story, are appended. For slightly older readers suggest Guys Write for Guys Read (2005), edited by Jon Scieszka, or My Dad's a Punk (2006), edited by Tony Bradman. Shelle Rosenfeld
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More About the Author

Sandy Asher grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and now lives in Lancaster, PA, with husband Harvey, dog Rudy, and cat Friday. After Philly and before Lancaster, she and her family lived in Springfield, MO, where she wrote many of her award-winning books and plays (as Sandra Fenichel Asher), ran Good Company Theatre for All Ages, and served as Drury University's writer-in-residence and Missouri Regional Advisor and national board member for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In Lancaster, Sandy has kept busy organizing and participating in programs for the Lancaster Public Library, the Lancaster Literary Guild, the Lancaster Day Care Center, New Choices, and other organizations. Sandy enjoys visiting schools and has taught writing workshops for all ages -- K-12, adult, and multigenerational -- from Anchorage, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Little known fact: "Fenichel" is pronounced FENN eh shell. Easy when you know how! Visit Sandy at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Rooney-Kuhn on November 2, 2006
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Dude! Stories and Stuff for Boys is a great anthology for young readers. The stories are varied and modern, and they provide a wonderful experience for boys to engage in reading---something that is not encouraged enough in our society.

I love the stories, and I love how the authors have related to the target audience through their biographies at the end of the book.

A thoroughly delightful read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie J. Oyster on January 17, 2010
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This was a gift for our Great=grandson, age 12, and he loved it.
He is a "reader" and enjoys all kind of books.
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By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2013
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My kids enjoyed reading this book. My 7 year old even sat down and read this book. I am glad he could read the book and actually enjoy what he was reading.
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