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Guys Read: The Sports Pages Paperback – July 10, 2012
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About the Author
Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children's Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. Jon founded Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, with the philosophy that boys love to read most when they are reading things they love. A former elementary school teacher, Jon lives in Brooklyn with his family. For more great books, more great facts, and more about your favorite authors, head over to www.guysread.com. You'll be glad you did.
Dan Santat, the author and illustrator of The Guild of Geniuses. He's also developing his own animated television show.
Gordon Korman wrote his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than eighty middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book One: The Medusa Plot; Ungifted; Pop; and Schooled. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York.
Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of half-eaten candy canes, earnest failures, and Yahtzee, he lives in Chicago.
Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 9 million copies.
Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.
Anne Ursu is the author of Breadcrumbs, which Kirkus Reviews called a "transforming testament to the power of friendship" in a starred review, and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011 by The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and the Chicago Public Library. It was also on the IndieBound Next List and was an NPR Backseat Book Club featured selection. She was also the recipient of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Award in Children's Literature. Anne teaches at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her son and four cats—monster fighters, all.
Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and American Outrage. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round draft pick. He later earned his law degree with honors, and he has also worked as an NFL commentator for FOX Sports and NPR.
His first book for young readers, Football Genius, inspired in part by his players and his own kids, became a New York Times bestseller and was followed by Football Hero, Football Champ, The Big Time, and Deep Zone. He drew on his experiences playing and coaching Little League for Rivals and Pinch Hit and two more New York Times bestsellers: Baseball Great and Best of the Best.
Bestselling author Jon Scieszka called Tim Green's Unstoppable, a book about a boy's struggle with cancer that debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, "Absolutely heroic. And something every guy should read."
Tim Green lives with his wife, Illyssa, and their five children in upstate New York.
Joseph Bruchac is the author of Skeleton Man, The Return of Skeleton Man, Bearwalker, The Dark Pond, and Whisper in the Dark, as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents.
Jacqueline Woodson was awarded Newbery honors for her books Feathers and Show Way and was a National Book Award finalist for her books Hush and Locomotion; the latter also received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as did her books I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This and From the Notebooks Of Melanin Sun. Miracle's Boys won the Coretta Scott King Award.
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Top Customer Reviews
Guys Read: The Sports Pages hits a home run for it's mix of stories from great children's authors like Gordon Korman and Chris Rylander to real athletes like Dustin Brown and James Brown. It's not just a football book, The Sports Pages artfully weaves in stories from a full gamut of sports, like track and martial arts, to complement the basketball and football one would expect to find in a sports book.
Sometimes it's not always about the game. In The Choice, by James Brown, a real athlete recounts what happens when life gets in the way of the sport and how it can lead to a different course than what you expected. On the humorous side, Maximillan Funk convinces himself that his participation in tennis is too nerdy to be cool. In Max Swings for the Fence, by Anne Ursu, Max concocts a story he thinks will garner respect. The consequences play out in a whopper of a strike that will have the reader snickering at Max's stupidity.
Dan Gutman, Tim Green, Jacqueline Woodsen, Chris Crutcher, and Joseph Bruchac add to the talented list of all stars. However, I couldn't help but choose a favorite. I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter, by Chris Rylander hits it out of the stands for funny. When Wes becomes obsessed with humiliating a New York Yankee, he winds showing why a rookie doesn't always stack up against an all star. Just how far he will go to prove a point, ends up in the kind of witty and humorous tale Chris Rylander is so good at creating. Highly Recommended for not only the boy who loves to play sports, but for those who sit on the sidelines as well.
This review is taken from my blog [...] I received the book at no charge from the publisher to facilitate my review. NO financial compensation was received.
Anne Ursu's "Max Swings for the Fences" is an amusing short story about a tennis player who moves to a baseball town and tells a little lie that rapidly spins out of control. Gordan Korman's "The Trophy" is a fun tale about an elementary basketball team that sets out on a quest to find its stolen championship trophy. Dan Gutman's "How I Won the World Series" is a clever creative non-fiction piece about favorite teams and sports superstitions. And both Dustin Brown's "Against All Odds" and Jame's Brown's "The Choice" are autobiographical, but Dustin recounts his journey to the NHL in a sort of snap-shot essay (I'm defining that as an essay with various topic headings), while James tells his life in basketball as a narrative.
And for a volume with just ten entries, Scieszka has "covered his bases" well, representing baseball, basketball, football, track, mixed martial arts, and (at least a mention of) tennis. I guess it could have been more inclusive, but the stories told are more important than the sports that serve as their settings. And at any rate, baseball, basketball, football, track, and MMA are probably the most popular sports among boys 8-12, anyway.Read more ›
There's something about marveling over the championship trophy, and author Gordon Korman knows it. This is why it's all the more devastating when the Hollow Log Middle School sixth-grade basketball team discovers it missing from the display case in The Trophy. They worked their butts off to beat everyone else in town, and are determined to stop at nothing to get it back. Once one of the members of the team receives a picture clue to its whereabouts, the wild goose chase begins. Getting it back won't be easy, though, and the team may just have to prove again why they deserved to win.
Real-life hockey player Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings writes about his experience in making it as a professional player in the National Hockey League. He recounts his experiences as a child and the sacrifices his parents made to help him travel around and play every weekend. After showing promise in his teenage years, Dustin was eventually faced with the difficult decision of moving to Canada and becoming series about hockey, or else going to college and playing there instead. If you've ever wondered what it's like and what it takes to become a professional hockey player, don't miss out on this great nonfiction piece from a real-life player.Read more ›
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Purchased for school. Didn't hear any complaints (and believe me I would) so assume they are happy.Published 15 months ago by CJ Harris
My grandson loves these books. Kids read more when they enjoy what they're reading.Published 17 months ago by Cnthea
My 10 yr old grandson loves to read this with me! We alternate pages so he actually gets practice reading aloud too. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Pam
A;pparently I missed something in reading the material before buying the book. And I know I should have read the reviews. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Lew Troop
This book is a part of an effort to get guys to read more. Well, it worked on me, so, . . . what? I'm not in the demographic? Awwww, Maaa! Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Steve Fey
At first i got the sample and i loved it abd then i got the book and still reading it over and over and i read a guys read in my classPublished on July 16, 2013 by Roy H. Rogers