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Guys Write for Guys Read

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Short stories by male authors. Some good, some iffy stuff.

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Guys read, but judging from this collection, they don't care much about quality. With a few exceptions, the writing here is flat and reads like a homework assignment done at the last minute. And some of the guys who write have ideas about guy-ness so stereotypical that even a 10-year-old would sneer -- real guys apparently burp, fart, and play sports. Alert the media.

This was a good idea -- getting boys to read, and keeping them reading, is a worthy goal, and the profits go to support the Guys Read Web site. And there are some gems among much dross, and a few that defy the stereotypes. Perhaps it will appeal to reluctant readers -- and get teen boys interested in the work of some of the authors here.

Book Details

  • Author: Jon Scieszka
  • Genre: Short Stories
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: May 10, 2005
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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