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Guys Read: Unaccompanied Minors: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jeff Kinney, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 07, 2011)

Jeff Kinney is pretty much the nicest guy you can hope to meet. Except when it comes to his brother, Patrick. The two of them have been locked in a battle for supremacy since they were young—a war that continues...


Guys Read: A Fistful of Feathers: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by David Yoo, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 07, 2011)

Sam has a problem: his dad doesn’t think he’s “man enough.” So Dad decides he’s going to toughen Sam up by getting a turkey to raise in preparation for Thanksgiving. But no one is prepared for the...


Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jon Scieszka Walden Pond Press (September 21, 2010)

Funny Business, the first volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face.

There's...


Guys Read: Max Swings for the Fences

by Anne Ursu Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Maximilian Funk is the new kid in school, and not much of a baseball fan, a deadly combination. He has to figure out a way to impress Molly Kinsman, the best pitcher in the city and the most beautiful girl he's...


Guys Read: I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter

by Chris Rylander Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Wes' life has been nothing but one tragedy after another since he went to see a game at Yankee Stadium, and it can all be traced back to one man: all-star shortstop Derek Jeter. Now, Derek Jeter must pay.

This...


Guys Read: How I Won the World Series

by Dan Gutman Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Children's author and lifelong baseball fan Dan Gutman recounts how he himself was actually the hero in the New York Mets' miraculous defeat of the Boston Red Sox in Game Six of the 1986 World Series—the infamous...


Guys Read: Find Your Fire

by Tim Green Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Offensive lineman Jake and his best friend, Bobby, were planning on playing for the Immaculate Heart football team together—until an unexpected turn of events finds them competing for one scholarship.

This...


Guys Read: The Trophy

by Gordon Korman Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Lucas and his friends are still reveling in their city-wide middle school basketball championship when the trophy they won goes missing. Foul play is afoot, and it's going to take all their basketball and detective...


Guys Read: Choke

by Joseph Bruchac Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

It takes a big risk in the mixed martial arts arena for 98-pound weakling Johnny to find that real power comes from within.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages is a winner.


Guys Read: Against All Odds

by Dustin Brown Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Dustin Brown, all-star captain of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, tells his story of how he went from being a youth hockey player in Ithaca, New York, to becoming one of the NHL's biggest stars....


Guys Read: The Meat Grinder

by Chris Crutcher Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

If Devin Mack can't actually fight his father, he's going to fight everyone he can find on the football field.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages is a winner.


Guys Read: The Distance

by Jacqueline Woodson Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

CJ just blew the half-mile relay for his track team, but the race on his mind is the one that's happening off the field in this short story from all-star author Jacqueline Woodson.

This short story from the collection...


Guys Read: The Choice

by James Brown Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

CBS NFL Today anchor James Brown recounts the true story of how the decision he made as a young college basketball star shaped his life forever.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages...


Guys Read: The Sports Pages

by Jon Scieszka, Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander & Dan Gutman et al. Walden Pond Press (July 10, 2012)

The Sports Pages, the third volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to put you in the ring, under the basket, and right behind home plate.

From fiction...


Guys Read: Ghost Vision Glasses

by Patrick Carman Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

The ad promised you’d be able to see into the spirit world. But they couldn’t work for real . . . could they? A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: The Snake Mafia

by Gennifer Choldenko Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

River and Niko find their dad is missing, and they have no choice but to track him down. But when they discover the clues lead to a shady reptile dealer, they start to think they might have gotten in over their...


Guys Read: Pudding

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

His friends warned him not to try the fried pudding at the carnival, but Dan didn’t listen. A short story in comics from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Boys Will Be Boys

by James Patterson Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

A train ride home from a school field trip turns sinister when two kids spot a body on the tracks. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Nate Macavoy, Monster Hunter

by Bruce Hale Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Nate’s best friend Jeremy is missing, and Nate seems to be the only one worried that he’s been captured by hideous creatures that live in the sewers. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon...


Guys Read: The Double Eagle Has Landed

by Anthony Horowitz Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Tim Diamond—the world’s worst private detective—takes on his most dangerous case yet, and it’s going to be up to his brother to keep him out of trouble. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited...


Guys Read: Believing in Brooklyn

by Matt De La Pena Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Benny’s friend Ray come up with his craziest invention idea yet: a machine that grants wishes. But when Benny realizes he has some wishes that need granting, he starts to wonder if it might just work. A short...


Guys Read: Thad, the Ghost, and Me

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

There’s nothing better than taking your timid little cousin Thad to one of those sweet haunted houses the 4-H Club decorates for Halloween. Except, of course, if the house turns out to actually be haunted....


Guys Read: Pirate

by Walter Dean Myers Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Abdullah Syed Hari is fourteen years old. He loves his family and his friends. And he is a Somali pirate. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: The Old, Dead Nuisance

by M. T. Anderson Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Two fake psychics, one real haunted house—what could go wrong? A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Thriller

by Jon Scieszka & Brett Helquist Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

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...


Guys Read: Will: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Adam Rex & Jon Scieszka Walden Pond Press (July 05, 2011)

Will’s got it rough. He’s practically the only kid in school who hasn’t found out that he’s a wizard or a vampire or the child of a Norse god. But when a supervillain takes over the school and all the...


Guys Read: "What? You Think You Got It Rough?": A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Christopher Paul Curtis, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (July 05, 2011)

Kids. They think they got it so rough these days. But nobody has it worse than Papa Red did when he was a kid. And you better listen up when he talks. A short story from the acclaimed collection Guys Read: Funny...


Guys Read: My Parents Give My Bedroom to a Biker: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Paul Feig, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 28, 2011)

This all started when Steve wouldn’t take out the trash. A short story from the acclaimed collection Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Kid Appeal: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by David Lubar, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 28, 2011)

The whole school is getting in on the action when a contest is announced: The student who creates the best project on New Cairo’s history will win a trip to the cool new water park in town. Charlie has a plan...


Guys Read: Best of Friends: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Mac Barnett, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 21, 2011)

Ernest is annoying. Ernest is awkward. Ernest is…Ernest. And Dean wants nothing to do with him, until Ernest wins the most spectacular trip in the history of America – and is allowed to bring one friend....


Guys Read: Artemis Begins: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Eoin Colfer, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 21, 2011)

Long before Artemis Fowl appeared in Eoin Colfer’s hit series, he was born in the form of Eoin’s younger brother Donal--the “young criminal mastermind” of the family. And on one particular spring day,...


Guys Read: The Bloody Souvenir: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 14, 2011)

Jack isn’t like the Pagoda brothers. He knows the difference between fun and stupid. Launching yourself across the backyard in a makeshift Roman catapult? Fun. Smoking an entire pack of cigarettes as fast...


Guys Read: Your Question for Author Here: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Kate Dicamillo, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 14, 2011)

Joe’s got a problem. He has to write to an author for a school assignment and get her to answer a bunch of questions. But the author he’s chosen, Maureen O’Toople, just doesn’t want to play along. Jon...