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Guys Read: The Sports Pages

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Guys Read: The Sports Pages

edited by Jon Scieszka

With Olympic fever gripping the world, the latest edition of the Guys Read series examines all things sports. 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. So stretch your legs, break out the old mitt, and get ready to enjoy some of the best sports short stories by many of today’s most popular authors.

"The Guys Read series continues to capture the essence of all things guys, and young men will love this latest edition. It’s a winner!"

There’s something about marveling over the championship trophy, and author Gordon Korman knows it. This is why it’s all the more devastating when the Hollow Log Middle School sixth-grade basketball team discovers it missing from the display case in The Trophy. They worked their butts off to beat everyone else in town, and are determined to stop at nothing to get it back. Once one of the members of the team receives a picture clue to its whereabouts, the wild goose chase begins. Getting it back won’t be easy, though, and the team may just have to prove again why they deserved to win.

Real-life hockey player Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings writes about his experience in making it as a professional player in the National Hockey League. He recounts his experiences as a child and the sacrifices his parents made to help him travel around and play every weekend. After showing promise in his teenage years, Dustin was eventually faced with the difficult decision of moving to Canada and becoming series about hockey, or else going to college and playing there instead. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like and what it takes to become a professional hockey player, don’t miss out on this great nonfiction piece from a real-life player.

Everyone has their favorite players in multiple sports, and chances are you probably have players you don’t like either. Author Chris Rylander tells the story of Wes and his quest to destroy Derek Jeter. Now, Jeter hasn’t done anything to warrant such a death threat, but that’s not stopping Wes from finding a way to overcome the humiliation after failing to catch one of Jeter’s homeruns in the ballpark. Let’s just say the missed catch went viral, and the only way Wes will find any redemption is to see the Yankees captain crash and burn as well. You’ll laugh as he tries and tries again to bring down the iconic sports figure.

There’s something about the thrill of sports. Whether you enjoy playing and/or watching them, sports help us feel connected. The idea of feeling connected to other people, for bad and for good, is a constant theme throughout many of these stories, and it’s one of the many reasons sports remain popular today. The Guys Read series continues to capture the essence of all things guys, and young men will love this latest edition. It’s a winner!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on August 25, 2012

Guys Read: The Sports Pages
edited by Jon Scieszka