Guys Read by Jon Scieszka

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A body on the tracks

A teenage terrorist

A mysterious wish-granting machine

The world’s worst private detective

The second volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading is chock-full of mystery, intrigue, and nefarious activity. Featuring some of the best writers around, and compiled by certified guy Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Thriller is a pulse-pounding collection of brand-new short stories, each one guaranteed to keep you riveted until the final page.


About Jon Scieszka

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Jon Scieszka, who runs point on the investigation, is one of the world's best-loved, bestselling, and well-known children's authors. The very first UN Ambassador of Children's Literature, Jon is also a Caldecott Honor recipient whose books have been translated into 14 languages and have sold millions around the world. Contributors include John Green, Sara Shepard, Lauren Oliver, Lauren Myracle, Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortes (authors of Go the F*ck to Sleep), Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Rebecca Stead, Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snickett), Mo Willems, Dave Eggers (not YA but still a suspect), and countless other bestselling and award-winning authors.
Published September 20, 2011 by Walden Pond Press. 293 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The complaint that there aren’t enough books for boys can be dismissed after seeing Scieska’s new collection, for which 88 writers and illustrators have contributed work.

May 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Guys Read: Thriller

Publishers Weekly

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An outgrowth of Scieszka's Guys Read Web-based literacy initiative to encourage boys to read, this volume reveals a rich array of voices, styles and approaches.

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Teen Reads

And no matter what kind of guy you are, there's a story in GUYS WRITE FOR GUYS READ that you will like and a guy writer who probably, in one way or another, felt a lot of the things you feel right now.

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Common Sense Media

Guys Read, a huge online list of books and authors recommended "by guys for guys," has boy appeal, with a bold, handsome design and frank, funny writing.

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Common Sense Media

A collection of nearly 100 very short stories, anecdotes, drawings, essays, comics, and memories from favorite authors from the Guys Read website, as well as from literacy experts and editors.

May 10 2005 | Read Full Review of Guys Read: Thriller


Dan Gutman, Tim Green, Anne Ursu, Dustin Brown, Jacqueline Woodson, Chris Crutcher, James Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Gordon Korman and Chris Rylander all manage to capture the many different aspects of why so many people --- guys especially --- can’t get enough of sports.

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Using his investigative powers, Nate eventually finds himself in the storm drains searching for his best friend and the tricky Pukwudgies, troll-like creatures that can disappear and change themselves into different animals.

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Scieszka mentions that this is just the first volume in a series that will explore other genres, such as Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller/Mystery, and much more.Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on September 21, 2010 Guys Read: Funny Businessedited by Jon Scieszka View all » |

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Project MUSE

since Scieszka's literacy agenda is [End Page 45] all about dumping the dull and embracing the engaging, guys (and curious girls) will feel free to read one or read 'em all.

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Bottom Line Book Reviews

Funny Business is based around the theme of—what else?—humor, and if you’re familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you’re in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around.

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Jon Scieszka has once again brought together a crack team of writers who provide the motivation and inspiration for guys to find stories that they care about.

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