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December 19, 2010

Guys Write for Guys Read

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Guys Write for Guys Read by Jon Scieszka: Book Cover

Guys Write for Guys Read

Author: Jon Scieszka

Page Length: 272

Reading Level: 6.5

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: This is a collection of short stories of over 80 authors’ who write for young teens.  The stories deal with memories from childhood and family experiences, as well as, incidents of events that occurred during puberty.  Many of the stories or of the failures the author’s had while participating in sports.  Several serve as an inspiration as to the value of importance of reading.

REVIEW: Each of the stories is rather short but they have good messages, especially for the reluctant reader.  Many of the authors are widely known in the writing field today for young adult readers.  I especially enjoyed the stories by Gary Paulsen, Richard Peck, Chris Crutcher, Matt Groening, and Jerry Spinelli.  However, that could be because I have enjoyed the books I have read by them.

At the end of each selection, a short bio of the author about where he lived, where he lives now, one peculiar thing about him and a list of some of his writings are listed.

Scieszka compiled these stories especially to inspire boys to read.  The websites listed below are geared towards activities to engage boys in reading. Teachers could use the stories independently for teaching a variety of reading and writing TEKS skills.


AREAS OF TEACHING: Point of View, Writer’s Motive

RELATED BOOKS: Crazy Loco, Haunted Schools, Destination Unexpected, Athletic Shorts, Baseball in April and other Stories, Amazing But True Sports Stories, Visions-19 Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults, True Sea Stories


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


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