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Guys Read Other Worlds: Cover Reveal and GIVEAWAY

Chapter Books for Boys: Guys Read Series

The Guy Read series edited by Jon Scieszka always intrigued me. Chapter books that entice boys to read are much needed and I will happily promote them until the cows come home.

Walden Pond Press was kind enough to send me the first book to review, Guys Read: Funny Business and it delivered on its promise. It’s a series of short stories written by well known authors. You can tell that they all had fun with this.

The short story by Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo about a boy reluctantly doing a author book project was particularly memorable but all the stories were fun to read!

I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peak at the lastest soon-to-be-released Guys Read book, Guys Read: Other Worlds edited by Jon Scieszka sure hand.

Welcome to Other Worlds, the fourth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading. Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers spin tales of fantasy and science fiction the likes of which you have never imagined. Compiled by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature (and Secret Ambassador for the Intergalactic Alliance) Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Other Worlds is the most exciting collection of stories on this-or any-planet.

Contributors to Guys Read: Other Worlds are …

Rick Riordan
Tom Angleberger
Rebecca Stead
Shannon Hale
D. J. MacHale
Eric Nylund
Kenneth Oppel
Neal Shusterman
Shaun Tan
Ray Bradbury

Even better, the nice folks at Walden Pond Press are letting me give away an ARC (Advanced Release Copy)! Yep, be sure to tell your son (or daughter) that he is the FIRST to read this book! No one else will be able to get their hands on it for a while.

Here’s the cover. What do you think? (You can tell me in a comment for the Rafflecopter below to win the book).

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p.s. Here are the other books in this excellent series.


Click on image of book to view at Amazon or here for Barnes and Noble.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Alexandra

    The illustrations look great! And you know that his name is Polish? 🙂 Although it just resembles the Polish word – should be “ścieżka” which means “path” 🙂
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  2. I adore the title Guys Read. Tricks them into thinking that it is a macho thing to do. LOL The covers all have a lot of action and color with the picture of a “guy” just itching to get into it.

  3. Michelle

    The cover is very appealing to boys who like reading fantasy

  4. Karen

    I love this cover! I need to get some of the books from this series in my classroom library. My students would love them!

  5. Nadine Cruz-Saubert

    The cover makes me want to “get lost” in it.

  6. The book looks amazing – any boy would want to read it.

  7. Nadine Cruz-Saubert

    So i am trying to enter as a fb fan and newsletter recipient but rafflecpter link not working. Anyone else have that problem?

  8. Love the Guys Read series. Some big, big names in this one. Thanks for the cover reveal!

  9. It looks and sounds like a book my 11yo nephew would enjoy!
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  10. Oh my gosh, my 10 year-old twin boys DEVOURED the other books in this series- I’m so excited a new one is coming out! We knew a bunch of the authors already but discovered some new ones to be on the lookout for. Great series!!

  11. Very excited to get my hands on this one!
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  12. Donna Miller

    Love the cover and can’t wait to add it to my collection!

  13. Julie E

    My 10 year old son says, “That is so cool!” He has read all of the other Guys Read books already, so it’s nice to see another one coming.

  14. hr doran

    thanks for hosting this giveaway – would love to win a copy of this title –

  15. I LOVE the cover! Science Fiction is my favorite genre and would love to share this with the boys at my school. I am always steering them to science fiction, there is so much to appeal to guys (and girls too). Thanks for your wonderful blog!
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  16. Mike Stein

    The cover looks great! I have several reluctant male readers who would pick this book up.

  17. It sounds like such a fun book, and that is really neat to see a sneak peak of the cover. I have my fingers crossed that maybe I will win a copy. : )
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  18. Kylie

    I love the cover – it provides information about the book is about and should be appealing to its target audience. The cover art is more important than many realise as often the final choice of a book is influenced by the cover art and blurb!

  19. I LOVE this series…but more importantly…so do middle grade readers! I showed my class the cover this morning and they were psyched!

    Walden Pond Press is a great publishing company that really understands what middle grade readers are looking for!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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    • Hi Susan,
      Tell them that you are entered to win. If any of your kids want to enter, they just have to fill out the Rafflecopter and your class will have more chances to win! Good luck! I hope the book goes to a home where lots of kids can enjoy it but only Rafflecopter decides!
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  20. Rachel

    My boy would not be seen til he was done w/ this. Love!

  21. I like that the cover is science fictiony and middle grades. I like that they are producing these in different genres!

  22. Kelly

    I was so excited when I heard about this! The cover is a bit interesting, showing the boy’s stomach and all. Guys wear much longer shirts than that. But I’m excited for a Rebecca Stead story!

  23. Maria

    I haven’t been disappointed with a Guys Read book yet! Great cover, and the author lineup looks fantastic too! I’ll be looking forward to it 🙂
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    • Hi Maria,
      I am excited to read it too! I hope I get an ARC too though not sure I’m on the list. Congrats on your book being accepted by an literary agent. It’s been so much fun to read about fellow KidLit bloggers as their stories unfold. I follow Danielle at There’s a Book too so I went all warm and fuzzy as you both connected.

      I can’t wait to review your new book when it comes out!!!! Count me in for a stop on your blog tour!
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  24. The Guys Read series was a blessing that catapulted my oldest son into reading for his own enjoyment. I’m thrilled to see the latest edition and one chock full of fabulous authors! Thanks for sharing and for all of your thoughtful insights!

  25. Ann

    Great project! If I will I will definitely give it to my 9 year old nephew!

    Hmm. the cover, I hope it appeals to boys! I love the logo!
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  26. Judy Noble

    I LOVE sharing these books with boys in my library-each of these has a special place for certain boys! Thanks for sharing this!

  27. M. Watson

    You can’t go wrong with Jon Scieszka in our household. My son loves the Time Warp Trio series.

  28. Renee C.

    I think the cover is totally kid-friendly and eye-catching. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  29. Violet

    Hi. I love the cover for the new Guys Read book. It will draw the boys in right away. When I first discovered the series, I wasn’t sure if the “Guys” part meant adults or kids. There is no doubt with this cover. It is fun, whimsical and will make them curious to open the cover.

  30. Cheryl C.

    That is a cool cover. I think my sons would both like to read this book. The cover looks like something they would like.

  31. Seth

    Hah. Love the fact the shirt says it’s 100% authentic. A delicious bit of irony for something fantastic.

  32. jimdrix

    the cover looks….. out of this world!

  33. Emily

    I love the way the cover captures the lack of limits on imagination. Through books and the mind, you can literally go anywhere!!

  34. Jon

    Nice cover, Nice name, cant wait to read it!

  35. Desiree

    What do you think of the cover? Retro and spacey. I like it!

  36. David

    Love the cover and the invitation to get guys to read. Wonderful premise.

  37. Marina

    I think the cover looks totally awesome. I love the artist’s style and it’s atmosphere – The guy’s got a lost, pensive expression which I like, and I want his shoes. 🙂
    A question: Is the giveaway open for all around the world? I’m brazilian.
    If not, please tell me so I can remove my entry.
    Thank you!

  38. gabriela

    they say never judge a book by its cover but I love the cover, i think i can expect great thing from this book, particularly super excited for Rick Riordan\’s new Percy Jackson story, his books made me love reading!

  39. Kaye Whitney

    My youngest grandson is an early reader, starting at age 3. He even started a book club for his second grade class. Even though he is not a reluctant reader, I would love to win this book for him to see what he thinks of it. He would share it with his book club.

    • Hi Kaye,
      I think this series appeals to boys and girls for that matter! You definitely don’t have to be a reluctant reader to enjoy it. I read a story to my 2nd grade son from Guys Read: Funny Business — the story co-authored by Jon Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo. It’s so funny, I had to read it twice. My kids (including girls) all loved it.
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  40. scott miller

    The Art work on this cover is amazing. i look forward to reading this soon

  41. AliciaDC

    The cover looks fantastic. So excited for a new percy jackson story and cant wait to read the rest of the book.

    • Thanks so much AliciaDC! Me too! I’m not sure if the story in this book by Rick Riordan is about Percy Jackson. I actually think not. But the new Percy Jackson book, House of Hades, is out early October. I am pre-ordering a copy myself. We’ve read all of his books and we are dying for the new one!!!
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  42. Alexandra Robnett

    The artwork on the cover of this is amazing. Makes it seem otherwordly and that would catch a lot of peoples’ attention. (Surely caught mine.) And I heard it from Riordan that he would have a new Percy story in this book as well as many other great authors that I read.

    • Hi Alexandra,
      Really? Riordan’s story in this book is about Percy Jackson?!!! I did not know that! I’m so excited! Even if it’s not a Percy Jackson story though, I’d read it. I love Rick Riordan’s work!
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      • AliciaDC

        Rick Riordan posted on his twitter with this link about the book. He said it contains a new Percy story. so exciting

        “Mia is giving away an advance copy of the forthcoming Guys Read book with a new Percy story!”

        • Hi AliciaDC,
          Wow, that is wonderful news! I have that ARC to giveaway but maybe my winner won’t mind if I take a sneak peak and read it to my son tonight? …
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          • AliciaDC

            lol well if your winner shares the story with you for your son, post it on here plz. i’m dying for something new with percy jackson.

            At the tour for the book Mark of Athena, riordan read a piece of a story he had written for guys read He called it “percy jackson and the singer of apollo.”
            i’m 98% sure that, that story is the one in here.

            i wrote down all that he read of that story, it looks good. If I knew your email, I could attach the page of the story. Or you could look it up on youtube.

          • Hi AliciaDC,
            Yes, we read the new Rick Riordan story in Guys Read: Other Worlds. It’s the first story in the new book and it IS a Percy Jackson story with Grover and Apollo. It’s set in NYC and Riordan is able to break out a little and write a little more comedically. My son and I laughed out loud at parts (pantless humor works with boys!).
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  43. Victoria McKeon

    No sons (or daughters) here, but I have young cousins and students I’d love to show this to! Always looking for good boys’ books, and the authors I recognize here are wonderful.

    And as a fellow Riordan fan – yep, he specifically said “a new Percy story” in his tweet. I’m excited!

    (Rafflecopter note: I didn’t know how it worked, so I accidentally said I’d commented before I actually had. Oops.)

  44. Vi

    I’ve never heard of this series, but I’m excited for a new Percy story, and the art looks great!

  45. Lily

    The cover looks very exciting!! I cant wait to read it! Excited cause of Rick Riordan also!! 🙂

  46. Kimberly

    I like the cover. The title is terrific. I am always telling the boys who come into the library (elementary) that reading is cool. This just might help me convince them…..Thanks!

  47. Rachel

    I love Guys Read and this cover looks like it might be the best one yet!

  48. Jim Westcott

    I happened by this link. The Guys Read initiative takes the lead on boys and reading. Great authors working together!

    • Hi Jim,
      We love the Guys Read series edited by Jon Scieszka. My son liked Guys Read: Funny Business and Guys Read: Other Worlds so far. We haven’t read the others. It’s a great way to try out authors that are new to him. He’s such a Rick Riordan fan that it’s hard to get him to branch out, and that’s the beauty of the series. We used Guys Read: Other Worlds for a book club for 3rd grade boys. I’ll posting on that soon.
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