Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guys Read: Sports Pages Book Review and Giveaway

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.

Publishing Information

  • Publisher: Waldon Pond Press (July 10, 2012)
  • Pages: 272
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • ISBN:  978-0061963773

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Contest Details: One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of GUYS READ: THE SPORTS PAGES supplied by the publisher. Please use the Rafflecopter form to enter. By entering, you acknowledge that you have read the terms on the form. Because this is a children's book, ages 13 and up are allowed to enter unless prohibited by law. Open to U.S. and Canada only. By entering, you agree to have your first name and last initial published as the winner. Ends 7/22/2012 at 11:59 EST.

**Disclosure: In accordance of FTC Guidelines, I received an ARC book from the publisher for review purposes. ARC books have no monetary value and a for media reviews. No monetary compensation was received. 

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Lmbrunken said...

My son loves sports. I think he would enjoy this. Maybe me too :)

Jennifer said...

my son loves sports. He is a big sports fan

apple blossom said...

oh, I think anything sports would be a good hit for the boys.

Joy Olenick said...

This sounds like a great read!

AEKZ2 said...

My son will like that it's a book about a variety of sports.

Heather said...

We love the Guys Read series....great way for the boys to find new favorite authors.

emchelly77 said...

my son is really into sports so i think this may actually be a book that he reads from cover to cover! i am trying to get him more into reading more than just comic books!

Mandy Baros Photography said...

My kids (both my sons and my daughters) love to read and any book is a good book! :)

Anonymous said...

Ginger b.
Timelyone at hot ail dot com
My son likes sports maybe this will get him to do some summer reading.

Sara's Goodies said...

My kids would be happy to see a book about a variety of sports! And anything that gets me a break from trains and construction themes makes ME happy too!

KatieJ said...

My son loves all sports...And he loves to read!

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