Guys Read: The Sports Pages {Review and Giveaway}

by Dawn

If you have a son in the 8 to 12 year old age group, chances are you’ve heard of Guys Read, the web-based literacy program created by kidlit guru Jon Scieszka. In addition to the web resources that are designed to keep boys interested in reading at a time when many abandon reading for pleasure, Guys Read will soon release a third volume of short story collections. Guys Read: The Sports Pages features tales of athletic prowess or the pursuit thereof, and it’s sure to be a hit with sports fans of all types.

Like Funny Business and Thriller, the first two Guys Read books (linked to previous reviews), The Sports Pages is a collection of ten stories from middle grade fiction writers, along with some special guest contributors. This time around, it’s only fitting that some stories come directly from athletes themselves. The range of sports covered here is wide, from baseball and football to track and mixed martial arts! The voices are varied, too, as some stories are meant to inspire with “against the odds” themes, and others will appeal to young readers who want to laugh.

And laugh they will at the ridiculous situation twelve year old Wes gets himself into in the final story of the book, “I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter.” When I saw it was written by Chris Rylander, the man behind the middle school-meets-the-mafia series The Fourth Stall, I expected some outrageous plot twists, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Wes is utterly humiliated after missing a foul ball hit by Jeter, for the chain of events that follow his botched catch cause all sorts of mayhem. A clip of the crazy scene soon goes viral, and Wes, a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, is convinced that Derek Jeter himself is at fault. Wes is determined to get him back, even if it means going to see a witch doctor he found on the Internet. And that’s just the beginning! This was, by far, my personal favorite of the bunch.

I have no doubt that Guys Read: The Sports Pages will find a slew of cheering fans, and it’s being released on July 10th- the perfect time for kids’ summer reading indulgence. My own sports-loving eleven year old son gives it his hearty recommendation as well!

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5 Minutes for Books Reviewer Dawn hopes to spend much of her summer with a book in hand. She’ll have to put it down occasionally to pay some attention to her long-lost blog, my thoughts exactly.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kati July 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

We joined our library’s reading program…prize is minor league baseball tickets. I’d love this book for my sport 9 yo. Thanks!


2 Corinne July 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

I always make sure to bring books whenever we go on a ride in the car :)


3 Tamara cox July 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

I am really looking forward to this book.


4 Adam( July 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Can’t wait to add this one to the Guys Read shelf in my classroom.


5 Yukari M. July 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My son is a huge fan of the first two Guys Read books, and this one has the potential to become his favorite since he’s also a huge sports fan. Thanks for the giveaway!


6 Beth July 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

We join the library summer reading program and I usually try to find a fun theme or list to work our way through. And reading outside always makes it more fun!!


7 Beth C July 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A chart showing how much they read in a week. Get reward if read at least an hour.


8 Seaside Book Nook July 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Encourage, hmmm. Make – now you’re talking! No tv, video games, electronics, etc until you give me 15 minutes of reading! No, if, ands or buts about it!


9 Cindy Brooks July 3, 2012 at 1:20 am

We do the same things we do during the school year…15 minutes a day and one of us reads with him.


10 Liene July 3, 2012 at 4:49 am

Luckily I don’t have to make my boys read, they love bringing me a book and jumping into my lap. A book before bedtime is key to evening routines.


11 Janet July 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

My kiddos read before bed every night just like the school year. Plus they are doing the library reading program, a bingo type one through school and the one through the big box book store. They love free gifts!


12 Heather S July 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

I encourage them to read by reading myself. Taking some time to sit quietly and read always inspires them to grab a book and come cuddle and read too!


13 Courtney Mayorga July 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

We try to read books instead of tv whenever possible and always read at least two small books before bed every night. My kids are a bit younger (almost 3 and 6) – but I don’t want them to lose their vigor for reading!


14 Staci A July 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

We read together and participate in the library reading program.


15 Wendy M July 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

We have a time each day that we call “Brain Time.” My kids can read or do some math pages. Typically the choice is reading. We go to the library frequently and they get to choose several books. Their choosing their own books helps to get them to want to read.


16 Barbara Platt July 9, 2012 at 4:24 am

giving them interesting things to read


17 Shannon Baas July 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

We go to the library summer reading program.


18 Elissa Cruz July 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for the review. I’ve been meaning to check these out for my boys (and myself since I love Guys Read as much as the guys do). Thanks for the info on the series!


19 Elissa Cruz July 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh, and as for getting my boys to read in the summer…it’s all about those trips to the library. The more we go, the more they find something interesting and will sit down with the book as soon as we get home. It also helps to tell them they have to read before they can watch tv/play computer/hang out with friends. ;)


20 Kat Riley July 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

We participate in our local library’s summer reading program and always take a book with us in the car to read.


21 Renee G July 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

I encourage my boys to read, by reading with them


22 Kathy Arbuthnot July 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

We always read before bed.


23 Krista A. July 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My kids join the library’s summer reading program, participate in a bookmobile program, and read at least 20 minutes a day. They get to choose 1 day off per week. We just make it part of our routine


24 DAMIAN JARREAU July 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

They are enrolled in the summer library program here


25 Jason July 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

We use a reward system to keep them motivated


26 Valerie Taylor Mabrey July 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

take them to library so they see new books
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27 Ed Nemmers July 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

We visit the library at least twice a week!


28 Derek T July 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I tell them its a good habit.


29 Lisa July 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Let them pick out the books from the library


30 susan smoaks July 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

we let them choose the genre of books they read and that seems to work


31 AEKZ2 July 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

My children pick out books that have characters that they really like.


32 Gianna July 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I get them funny books they like.


33 shirley zolenski July 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

She loves to read so it’s really not that hard to do


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