Guys Read: Other Worlds

Guys Read: Other Worlds

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by Jon Scieszka, Greg Ruth, Rick Riordan, Tom Angleberger
     
 

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A challenging labor for a teenage demigod
A world in which shoes shall no longer be trod upon
A scouting trip that turns deadly

Welcome to Other Worlds, the fourth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading. Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers spin tales of fantasy and science fiction the likes of

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A challenging labor for a teenage demigod
A world in which shoes shall no longer be trod upon
A scouting trip that turns deadly

Welcome to Other Worlds, the fourth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading. Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers spin tales of fantasy and science fiction the likes of which you have never imagined. Compiled by National Ambassador for Children's Literature (and Secret Ambassador for the Intergalactic Alliance) Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Other Worlds is the most exciting collection of stories on this—or any other—planet.

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Kirkus Reviews
The fourth Guys Read collection presents an all-star lineup with nine new stories and one oldie-but-goody. It is anchored by Ray Bradbury's 1946 "Frost and Fire," about colonists stranded for generations on a planet so harsh that the average life span is less than two weeks. Otherwise, the new science-fiction and fantasy tales range from three far-from-similar stories about unsuccessful alien invasions of Earth to Tom Angleberger's tale of smart clothes in rebellion, an eerie ghost story from Kenneth Oppel and, just to push the "guy" envelope, a "girl in armor" episode from Shannon Hale. Rick Riordan takes the prize for best opener: "I know what you're going to ask. ‘Percy Jackson, why are you hanging from a Times Square billboard without your pants on, about to fall to your death?' " Happily, the other entries are well-enough supplied with effective hooks, provocative themes, and hilarious or disquieting twists to keep readers of diverse ages, sexes and species engaged. The perennially tantalizing "What if…" gets an above-average workout here. (author bios; not seen) (Short stories. 10-13)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–8—This volume in the popular series does not disappoint. It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, and once again 10 of the best writers in the field contribute short stories. While appealing primarily to boys, girls who are fans of this genre will scoop it up as well. Highlights include Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo," Neal Shusterman's "The Dirt on Our Shoes," and a story from recently deceased Ray Bradbury, "Frost and Fire." All of the selections are worthy, making this anthology a must purchase. Other Worlds will fly off the shelves, validating Scieszka's notion that there are no "reluctant" readers, just picky ones.—Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061963803
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
Guys Read: Other Worlds
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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