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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 has written more than seventy middle-grade and teen novels, including the New York Times bestselling THE 39 CLUES: CAHILLS VS. VESPERS BOOK ONE: THE MEDUSA PLOT; the Swindle series; UNGIFTED; the Island series, POP; SCHOOLED; NO MORE DEAD DOGS; SON OF THE MOB; and many other favorites. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.



Chris Rylander is the author of the Codename Conspiracy series and the Fourth Stall saga. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago. You can visit him online at www.chrisrylander.com.



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 is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children, including the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which won the 2014 National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Guys Read (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061963771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061963773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have become a big fan of the Guys Read Short Story Series edited by Jon Scieszka. With ten authors writing ten different short stories, it's easy to find one that will appeal to any reader.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Edited by Jon Scieszka (Guys Read, The Time Warp Trio) and illustrated by Dan Santat (Time Out Kids, The Replacements), Guys Read: The Sports Pages is the third volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading (preceded by Guys Read: Funny Business and Guys Read: Thriller). Like the previous installments, GR:TSP is a collection of works by a number of popular writers for young readers, including Chris Crutcher, Tim Green, Gordan Korman, and Anne Ursu. The pieces are united by a common theme--in this case, sports--but written in a variety of styles.

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.
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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! Anyway, the stories are varied and interesting and fun, which is about all a guy could ask for in a book, innit?
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With Olympic fever gripping the world, the latest edition of the Guys Read series examines all things sports. Dan Gutman, Tim Green, Anne Ursu, Dustin Brown, Jacqueline Woodson, Chris Crutcher, James Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Gordon Korman and Chris Rylander all manage to capture the many different aspects of why so many people --- guys especially --- can't get enough of sports. So stretch your legs, break out the old mitt, and get ready to enjoy some of the best sports short stories by many of today's most popular authors.

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.
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