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Review! Guys Read: Heroes & Villains; edited by Jon Scieszka

21 Aug

Guys Read: Heroes & Villains
Written by Various Authors
Edited by Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by Jeff Stokely
288 pages – ages 9+
Published by Walden Pond Press on April 4, 2017

Synopsis From Publisher-Heroes and Villains, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters—with and without capes.

Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good—or evil.

Authors include Laurie Halse Anderson, Cathy Camper and Raúl Gonzalez, Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Christopher Healy, Deborah Hopkinson, Ingrid Law, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lemony Snicket, and Eugene Yelchin, with illustrations by Jeff Stokely.”

What I Thought- I love the Guys Read books. Originally started off as one book of short stories to get boys reading, there is now a series of topics, such as comedy and thriller. This is a nice addition, with various authors contributing to the idea of what makes someone a hero or a villain. There is a lot of things to ponder and reflect on within these 288 pages. The authors wrote stories that challenge our precepts and concepts of what it means to be a hero or a villain. I really enjoyed Lemony Snicket’s story for that, along with Jack Gantos’, although I was a fan of all of the stories. Guys Read is a wonderful idea, and I am eternally grateful for Mr. Scieszka’s mission to get guys into reading. This book carries on that tradition with excellent stories guaranteed to excite guys (or even girls, for that matter)!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

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