March Boys Book Club – “Guys Read – Thriller”!

The March Boys Book Club at Harleysville Books was held on March 15th. The book for this month was “Guys Read – Thriller.” Pete, our adult coordinator for the group, asked us all which story we liked the best (the book is a bunch of short stories). Nick liked “Pirate” by Walter Dean Myers, I liked “Nate Macavoy, Monster Hunter” by Bruce Hale and Gavin couldn’t decide. Then Pete said that there really wasn’t a story to go along with the cover picture –

Pete said we were all going to make our own story up to go along with the cover picture. So we all started writing furiously about what we thought was going on in the picture. I am sorry to say to you who are Justin Bieber fans…he didn’t fare too well in our story…his pants were on fire at one point, but have no fear there was a happy ending! It was actually a fun thing to do, write a whole story based on a picture. We played a game of “Pete says”, like Simon Says only in a book store, and Pete gives the instructions. Pete also passed out our own “Ghost Vision” glasses project for us to make our own just like in the story from the book “Ghost Vision Glasses” by Patrick Carman. We had another great time at the Boys Book Club at Harleysville Books!

Now for my “Guys Read – Thriller” review!


Guys Read – Thriller

Edited by Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by Brett Helquist

288 pages – ages 9+

Published by Walden Pond Press on September 20, 2011

“Guys Read” is a reading program created by Jon Scieszka to try to get boys and reluctant readers to read. It says on the Guys Read website “Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.” Very cool! I am glad this program is out there and I wish more things like this were because I would like to have more boys be into reading. Please check the website out if you haven’t. You can find it HERE. There are all sorts of book recommendations for boys and advice for getting boys to read. It’s really a great site.

“Guys Read – Thriller” is the second book in the Guys Read series. The first was “Guys Read – Funny Business” which I haven’t read but I am planning to after reading “Thriller.” The books are a bunch of short stories by different authors. There are some AWESOME authors in the book, some of which I am huge fans of already and some I am looking for other things they wrote to read more by them! The stories are all…you guessed it, THRILLERS, so some of them will keep you on the edge of your seat and some of them were just OK. I am not a huge fan of scary stories but I do like good mysteries and some spookiness and most of the stories were really something I liked but there were a couple I wasn’t too fond of or just didn’t understand the story.

All the stories were a good length for a short story so kids who don’t really like to read will get through it without trouble. The illustrations by Brett Helquist were really, really great! I think the book is good for boys (and girls) 9+ because of the scariness of some of the stories.

I think the “Guys Read” idea is awesome and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I give “Guys Read – Thriller” four out of five bookworms.

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22 replies

  1. Guys Read sounds great! I really like your whole book club idea. My local bookstore may be interested in implementing something along those lines, and I would be interested in any info/advice you have to share about how to make it fun and successful – my local indie needs all the help it can get right now – times are very hard for bookstores!

    • Boys Book Club is fun. Harleysville Books has a bunch of different book clubs but mostly girls go to them. They wanted to make one just for boys and when Pete started working there, they asked him to do it. He always picks books that boys will like and he makes it fun because we do fun activities. They always have a lot of people at the events I go to there because they make it a lot of fun! I agree with you – support your local bookstore!!

  2. I really like the mission statement of the Guys Read books. And your Justin Bieber story made me laugh. 🙂 I wish I had a local indie store to support.

  3. Thanks for this great resources, Erik. I’m checking out the “Guys Read” site right now.

  4. I love the idea of books geared directly towards interesting young boys in reading. Great review, Erik. Your book club sounds so fun!

  5. I love this guys read focus, Erik! This is a wonderful resource you have highlighted for us. Tell me, do many of your friends read much?

  6. I wasn’t familiar with “Guys Read” although it is a great idea to get boys reading. Sounded like you all had a great time. Loved the comment about Justin Bieber — would have loved to see what you guys did to him. My guess, it’s a secret! Great review Erik.

  7. This is a wonderful site. So glad I found you. Love the idea of “Guys Read” and will pass it on in my next blog post.

  8. That’s a great idea, Erik. Your story was so funny and you get to read lots of short stories too. What fun and so good to get boys reading.

  9. I am hosting a Giveaway for beginning chapter book for ages 7-10.

    I would love it if you could drop by:

  10. Erik, thank you for your review – I’ve been looking for a book to share with my nephew (age 10) and this sounds like it might be a hit. It’s true that there aren’t as many slavishly addicted BOY readers as girl readers – I’m always looking for books to help turn those tables!

    I’ll be checking back – frequently. Thanks for keeping a blog that’s such fun!

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