Other Worlds
Other Worlds

Series: Guys Read Vol. 4   

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Annotation: An anthology of original science fiction and fantasy stories.
Catalog Number: #101271
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Ruth, Greg,
Pages: ix, 331 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-196380-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-196380-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013021863
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The fourth volume in Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading series serves up 10 original science fiction and fantasy stories by leading figures in the field. Each is imaginative and entertaining and, in the case of a graphic story by Shaun Tan, decidedly offbeat. But two entries are standouts: Neal Shusterman delivers a literally breathtaking story about a demi-Eden, and D. J. MacHale crafts a tale about a merciless scout with a grim purpose. Best of all, though, is a novella-length story by the late, great Ray Bradbury. Speculative fiction fans pecially tween guys ll rejoice.
Kirkus Reviews
The fourth Guys Read collection presents an all-star lineup with nine new stories and one oldie-but-goody. It is anchored by Ray Bradbury's 1946 "Frost and Fire," about colonists stranded for generations on a planet so harsh that the average life span is less than two weeks. Otherwise, the new science-fiction and fantasy tales range from three far-from-similar stories about unsuccessful alien invasions of Earth to Tom Angleberger's tale of smart clothes in rebellion, an eerie ghost story from Kenneth Oppel and, just to push the "guy" envelope, a "girl in armor" episode from Shannon Hale. Rick Riordan takes the prize for best opener: "I know what you're going to ask. ‘Percy Jackson, why are you hanging from a Times Square billboard without your pants on, about to fall to your death?' " Happily, the other entries are well-enough supplied with effective hooks, provocative themes, and hilarious or disquieting twists to keep readers of diverse ages, sexes and species engaged. The perennially tantalizing "What if…" gets an above-average workout here. (author bios; not seen) (Short stories. 10-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;8&12; This volume in the popular series does not disappoint. It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, and once again 10 of the best writers in the field contribute short stories. While appealing primarily to boys, girls who are fans of this genre will scoop it up as well. Highlights include Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo," Neal Shusterman's "The Dirt on Our Shoes," and a story from recently deceased Ray Bradbury, "Frost and Fire." All of the selections are worthy, making this anthology a must purchase. Other Worlds will fly off the shelves, validating Scieszka's notion that there are no "reluctant" readers, just picky ones.&12; Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
Word Count: 62,891
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 161174 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q61580
Lexile: 740L

Other Worlds, the fourth volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series for tween boys, features ten thrilling new tales of science fiction and fantasy from some of the biggest names in children’s literature.

Prepare yourself for ten trips into the unknown, as ten of your favorite writers—Rick Riordan, who has written an all-new and exclusive Percy Jackson tale, Tom Angleberger of Origami Yoda fame, Newbery medalist Rebecca Stead, Shannon Hale, D. J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Kenneth Oppel, Neal Shusterman, Shaun Tan, and none other than the late Ray Bradbury—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 sure to boldly take you where no reader has gone before.

Percy Jackson and the singer of Apollo / by Rick Riordan
Bouncing the grinning goat / by Shannon Hale
The scout / by D. J. Machale
Rise of the RoboShoes / by Tom Angleberger
The dirt on our shoes / by Neal Shusterman
Plan B / by Rebecca Stead
A day in the life / by Shaun Tan
The Klack Bros. Museum / by Kenneth Oppel
The warlords of recess / by Eric Nylund
Frost and fire / by Ray Bradbury.

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