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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I don't know about you, but I was massively into scary stories as a kid. Blame it on R.L. Stine, Alvin Schwartz, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, or the many, many bad B horror movie marathons I had with my dad as a kid, but whatever it was, I just couldn't get enough of them.

And though I may not have ever been a guy, I would have been all over the latest installment from the Guys Read series of books (but secretly. Because even though I loved scary stories, I dug in my heels a bit when something explicitly stated it was for boys. Because smelly gym socks and fart jokes, or whatever. I still would have read it, but it probably would have been covert-like*...)

But that said, I think it's great when boys are actively encouraged to read (and scary stories, all the better!), and you add in the contributing authors and the fact that it's edited by the hilarious & awesome Jon Scieszka — whose name I can both pronounce and spell without googling it, BOOM — and I think we've got a winner!

And of course, I am very pleased to be revealing its cover to you today! Designed by graphic novelist Gris Grimly, who also illustrates the stories, it has that perfect blend of quirky humor and ugh, skin-crawling, bugs in the hair THERE ARE BUGS IN HER HAIR thing going on.
That thing.

Check it out below, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Guys Read: Terrifying Tales edited by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Gris Grimly 
Sept. 1, hardcover and paperback, $16.99 and $6.99, 
ISBN 9780062385581 and 9780062385574
The sixth installment in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading includes ten all-new, original horror stories from R. L. Stine, Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Rita Williams Garcia, Adam Gidwitz, Claire Legrand, Daniel José Older, Nikki Loftin and more. Ages 8-12

*That is, until someone told me that I couldn't read it, because I was a girl. And then I would have read the ever-loving out of it, in public, just to prove a point.

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