Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories about Being a Guy

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Word on the street is that being a guy these days can be kinda rough. Well, here are ten fictional stories, some funny, some sad, that deal with that very subject. Stories about being a guy, written by guys. From Walter Dean Myers's story about a black kid who takes a white girl to the prom, to Mo Willems's comedy about an invincible kid who goes to a high school for superheroes, to graphic novelist Craig Thompson's story about the skaters vs. the wussy football players, each manages to ever-so-subtly reflect the...
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Overview

Word on the street is that being a guy these days can be kinda rough. Well, here are ten fictional stories, some funny, some sad, that deal with that very subject. Stories about being a guy, written by guys. From Walter Dean Myers's story about a black kid who takes a white girl to the prom, to Mo Willems's comedy about an invincible kid who goes to a high school for superheroes, to graphic novelist Craig Thompson's story about the skaters vs. the wussy football players, each manages to ever-so-subtly reflect the modern-day concerns of guyhood.

Gathering together some of the most exciting writers of today and tomorrow, Every Man for Himself offers teen readers a great selection of honest and real stories about everyday guys who get pummeled by some life lessons . . . and still manage to come out on top.

Original stories by: Walter Dean Myers, Paul Acampora, Edward Averett, Ron Koertge, David Levithan, David Lubar, Walter Dean Meyers, Rene Saldañar, Craig Thompson, Terry Trueman and Mo Willems

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Publishers Weekly
In Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories About Being a Guy, ed. by Nancy E. Mercado, Walter Dean Myers's African-American hero puts himself up for grabs in a lottery as "The Prom Prize," and a white girl wins, raising issues of culture clash, humor and ultimately understanding; the comic-book treatment of "Strange Powers" by Craig Thompson chronicles the magical confidence that comes with a crush (on a girl); and David Levithan's "Princes" layers Jon's crush on a fellow dancer with his younger brother's courageous stand to let Jon bring a boyfriend to his brother's bar mitzvah. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Guys today have it as bad as girls. Guys go through similar situations in real life and deal with similar issues. Today's guys don't have it made at all. They encounter violence, social pressure, superpowers, sports, and other up-to-the-minute-concerns. All ten of these stories are written by guys, for guys dealing with these types of issues and more. The stories are funny, real, and even sad. Walter Dean Meyers looks at issues of race and social prejudice and Craig Thompson writes a graphic short story about skaters and football players. The issues are real, the values are evident, and the morals are clear: it is all guys' stuff. At the end the reader is greeted with a real treat. The authors graphically describe when they think they went from being a boy to a guy, and they describe the coolest guy they have ever met. This is a winner across the board for all readers from reluctant to the most savvy, especially guys. 2005, Dial Books, Ages 14 up.
—Kelly Grebinoski
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This collection provides a refreshing look at the values, decisions, and friendships that ultimately shape a boy into a man. The stories themselves are diverse, ranging from humorous to serious, and include Craig Thompson's comic-strip styled story, "Strange Powers." The anthology is full of the angst that many teens will relate to, yet also includes substantive messages; the stories perform the rare feat of being moral without being preachy. David Lubar's "Shockers" is about a boy who strikes up a friendship with his girlfriend's father and points up the importance of adult mentors. The book includes comics-styled biographies that pose questions to the authors about what it means to become a man.-Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ten male authors contribute stories for this collection about what it's like to be a guy. The cover-two urinals in a men's room-sets the tone for the volume, or indicates where it's to be read. Guys navigate the cliques of high school social strata, go to the prom, stand up to the bad guys and prove themselves in various ways. Several entries have absentee mothers and struggling fathers and characters who find ways to take responsibility. Especially notable is Walter Dean Myers's "The Prom Prize," a funny and original take on the high school institution. Craig Thompson's "Strange Powers" adds visual appeal to a fine graphic story of a boy's encounters with jocks, nerds and girls. Those who read the volume all at once may feel awash in angst, but most pieces offer the hope of characters finding ways to take charge or stand up, and perhaps signal a hope they'll grow into more successful adults than some portrayed here. A good companion to Jon Scieszka's Guys Write for Guys Read (p. 481) (introduction, autobiographical sketches) (Anthology. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803728967
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/8/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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