Guys Read: The Sports Pages

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A lineman with something to prove

A vendetta against a baseball legend

The rise of a real-life NHL all-star

The luckiest grapefruit in sports history

Open up The Sports Pages, the third volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading, and you're in for all of this and more. From fiction to nonfiction, from baseball to mixed martial arts and everything in between, these are ...

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Overview

A lineman with something to prove

A vendetta against a baseball legend

The rise of a real-life NHL all-star

The luckiest grapefruit in sports history

Open up The Sports Pages, the third volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading, and you're in for all of this and more. From fiction to nonfiction, from baseball to mixed martial arts and everything in between, these are ten stories about the rush of victory and the crush of defeat on and off the field. Compiled by kid-lit all-star Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: The Sports Pages is a thrilling collection of brand-new short stories from some of your favorite authors and athletes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Who can resist a good sports story? In this latest addition to the popular series, "Guys Read," young readers have the chance to read short stories about athletes in a myriad of sports—from wrestling to running. Some of these stories are completely fictional, while others are life stories of notable athletes. This volume has an element of realism that is missing from many sports stories; young readers will see the faults and failing of athletes, along with the triumphs. Sometimes the hard training and hours of work does not transform the protagonist into a star athlete, but he learns to accept himself for what he is. This volume of short stories features the work of Dustin Brown, James Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Chris Crutcher, Tim Green, Dan Gutman, Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander, Anne Ursu, and Jacqueline Woodson, with illustrations by Dan Santat. Two stories reference the famous Boston Red Sox Curse, while another story is about a team of sixth graders looking for a stolen trophy. When I opened the volume, I was immediately drawn to the first story, "How I won the World Series" by Dan Gutman, and the book immediately had my undivided attention. This book is highly recommended for boys and girls alike; the stories are realistic, true-to-life, and memorable. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Ten writers and athletes contribute sports stories written exclusively for this volume. The third installment in Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading again seeks to lure young male readers into the world of books. Following Funny Business (2010) and Thriller (2011), The Sports Pages offers a smorgasbord of sportswriting--fiction and nonfiction--to appeal to every sports enthusiast. From baseball to football, ice hockey to track and mixed martial arts, there is plenty here for sports-minded readers to like, with lively action, humor and even a dose of mysticism in the form of magical grapefruit and a witch doctor. James Brown's "The Choice" and Dustin Brown's "Against All Odds" are fine nonfiction entries, akin to the motivational talks athletes often present at sports banquets. Tim Green's "Find Your Fire" has the liveliest sports action, featuring a young offensive lineman learning to deal with changes in his life. Maximilian Funk, in Anne Ursu's "Max Swings for the Fences," tries to fit into the social scene of his new school and chooses the wrong way, with disastrous consequences. (Chris Crutcher's "The Meat Grinder" is slated for inclusion but was not seen.) The stories here offer action, humor and lessons about life and may well do the trick of connecting boys and books. (Short stories. 9-13)
VOYA - Walter Hogan
This collection of ten sports stories is the third entry in the Guys Read series, following Guys Read: Funny Business (Walden Pond, 2010/VOYA February 2011) and Guys Read: Thriller (Walden Pond, 2011/VOYA October 2011.) The stories are aimed at middle grade and junior high boys and at reluctant male readers up to high school level. Eight of the stories are by male authors, and there is a noticeable lack of female characters throughout the collection, although "Max Swings for the Fences," by Anne Ursu, one of the two contributions by a female author, features a humorous battle of the sexes. Nine of the ten entries concern the major American team sports: three baseball, three football, and two basketball stories, and an autobiographical essay by NHL hockey player, Dustin Brown. The only coverage of an individual sport is Joseph Bruchac's "Choke," about mixed martial arts. Features include a brief introduction by series editor, Jon Scieszka; a short entry, "About Guys Read," concerning the web-based literacy program founded by Scieszka (of which this book series is one component); short bios about the editor, illustrator, and each of the ten authors; and a full-page, black-and-white illustration at the front of each story. The eight fictional stories are of good quality, as one would expect from the pens of such highly-regarded authors as Chris Crutcher, Gordon Korman, and Jacqueline Woodson. The two autobiographical essays by sports personalities (one previously published) are not as well-written, but may inspire young athletes. The collection is well-designed to engage early teen boys. Reviewer: Walter Hogan
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—In his introduction, Scieszka states, "In keeping with the competitive spirit of sports, here is a collection of the fastest, strongest, funniest, wildest, and best sports stories." But this anthology is uneven and doesn't live up to that claim. It presents 10 short stories by 10 different authors, including Joseph Bruchac, Tim Green, and Gordon Korman plus autobiographical pieces by TV sportscaster James Brown and LA Kings hockey star Dustin Brown. One of the best is Dan Gutman's "How I Won the World Series," which is fun and funny. The same can be said about Anne Ursu's "Max Swings for the Fences," about a boy who claims to be the son of a famous baseball player to impress a girl he likes at his new school. Chris Rylander's "I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter" is another fun tale. In it, a boy who was humiliated on TV when attempting to catch a ball hit into the stands by Derek Jeter comes up with several convoluted plots (including a witch doctor's spell) to "get even" with the Yankee star. Of the two nonfiction choices, James Brown's writing style and emphasis on education is much more impressive than Dustin Brown's. In general, these stories tend to leave readers unsatisfied-either with too many unanswered questions or wanting more of the best ones. This may lead them to search for more information or to read some of the full-length stories by the authors they liked. Maybe. There is no urgent need to add this one to your collection. Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963780
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Guys Read: The Sports Pages
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 593,337
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 13.60 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

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.

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 chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago.

Dan Gutman is the author of many books for children, including the My Weird School series, the Baseball Card Adventure series, and the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series. Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, he has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. Dan lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Nina.

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 three 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    A must have for middle grade boys!

    The cool thing about this book is that it is written for boys and something they will enjoy. Great authors, including two of my favorites: Anne Ursu and Chris Chrutcher.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Sports

    This is a very good sports book for kids with 10 stories that 10 different athletes wrote - this was written by me a 10 year old boy

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Awesome!!!!

    Best book in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    I couldnt afford it but it looks cool

    I couldnt afford this book but i would

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    Dad and moms bedroom

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    Posted September 11, 2013

    I hated r I hated this book

    I didint like the book

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    Posted August 23, 2013

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    Fu*k you guys are dumbheads

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    Posted February 26, 2013

    So awesome i am so amazed that i am bown away!!!!

    So awsome

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    Posted September 30, 2012

    Stupid

    I bought it and it didn't work after a week and i've done everything exdept delete it!

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