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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