The Sports Pages (Guys Read #3)

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The Sports Pages (Guys Read #3)
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Age Range
10+
Release Date
July 10, 2012
ISBN
9780061963780
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Grab your glove and get out on the field. In The Sports Pages, Jon Scieszka has once again assembled a thrilling lineup of fiction and nonfiction from a Mruderers' Row of contributors. Tim Green, Dan Gutman, Chris Crutcher, Gordon Korman, Jacqueline Woodson, Chris Rylander, Anne Ursu, and Joseph Bruchac are joined by CBS Sports anchor James Brown and Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in a collection that's sure to be a hit with veteran and rookie readers alike. If you're a young reader looking for the best writing around, look no further than Guys Read.

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All sorts of sports
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
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How many people would pay big bucks to see a Super 8 film of Jon Scieszka doing Frisbee Butt Waterskiing as a child? I know I would! In his forward, Mr. Scieszka does an excellent job of explaining why guys are so obsessed with sports, but how even the most active sports players don't necessarily like to read about sports. So true. Luckily, the guys in my school LOVE that there is a growing Guys Read Library for them, and The Sports Pages will be popular.

Aside from the informative forward, we have the story of why Dan Gutman was instrumental in the 1986 Mets win (I have that kind of power over the universe as well), a more serious Time Green football tale, an odd story of personal identity in middle school as it ties into sports ability by Anne Ursu, personal narratives from Dustin Brown, a hockey player, and James Brown, who must have been a fairly famous basketball player in the 1960s. Rounding out the collection were a good wrestling story by Joseph Bruchac, a running tale from Jacqueline Woodson, blank pages in the ARC where a Chris Crutcher story will be, and funny turns from Gordon Korman and "I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter" from relative newcomer and excellent guy tale teller Chris Rylander.
Good Points
Nice selection of stories, some funny, some serious, and on a variety of sports. Could have used a lacrosse or hockey one, but I will not complain.
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