New Middle School Fiction: Guys Read: Other Worlds

This review is from colleague Jenny’s Sheridan’s kids’ book newsletter. (And I’ll just add I wish I had a poster of this cover; it really harks back to the 60’s classic sci fi cover art I grew up with. Love it!)

“Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library–a collection of books featuring contributions from some of the biggest names in children’s literature–is one of the hottest new tween series around thanks to the hilarious, star-studded debut title, Guys Read: Funny Business, and its equally buzzed-about follow-ups, Guys Read: Thriller and Guys Read: The Sports Pages.

“Those books came together as advertised: filled with short stories by some of the biggest names and freshest talent around, but not your typical anthology, something exciting, edgy, visual, one-of-a-kind, and featuring authors from many different backgrounds but who are all kid-tested and teacher-approved. And the reception so far shows that it’s working: excellent sales, stellar reviews, and a rabid reception from teachers and kids as Jon and the various authors tour the country.

“For the fourth installment, we’ve turned to another perennially popular genre: sci-fi/fantasy. And the contributor list is another who’s-who of great writers for guys: Rick Riordan–who has written an all new and exclusive Percy Jackson tale specifically for our volume–Tom Angleberger of Oragami Yoda fame, Newbery Medalist Rebecca Stead, Shannon Hale, D.J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Shaun Tan, and none other than the late Ray Bradbury (who we will be featuring by way of a rarely-reprinted story of his), not to mention Greg Ruth providing cover and interior artwork. And like the first three books, it is sure to find an enthusiastic audience with parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and kids alike.”

Guys Read: Other Worlds  9780061963797 By Jon Scieszka $6.99. On Sale 9/17/2013.


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