Other Worlds
Ten incredible trips into the unknown await you...Blast off with:• Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo an all-new and exclusive tale from Rick Riordan• A Day in the Life by award-winning author/illustrator Shaun Tan• Rise of the RoboShoes by Tom Angleberger of Origami Yoda fameAnd many more weird and wonderful stories by legendary writer Ray Bradbury, Newbery medalist Rebecca Stead, Shannon Hale, D. J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Kenneth Oppel and Neal Shusterman.Compiled by US National Ambassador for Children’s Literature (and Secret Ambassador for the Intergalactic Alliance) Jon Scieszka, Other Worlds will boldly take you where no reader has gone before.

Other Worlds Details

TitleOther Worlds
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 29th, 2013
PublisherHarperCollins Children’s Books (UK)
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Anthologies, Childrens, Middle Grade

Other Worlds Review

  • Balletprincess
    January 1, 1970
    Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo an all-new and exclusive tale from Rick Riordan hopefully the library will get this since this is the only story I want to read in this one. I love the percy Jackson series
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Since the series began, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Guys Read books. In theory, it’s a great idea, because more boys should be reading for fun. However, by marketing them as “guy” books, girls are being excluded and it’s continuing the idea that books are gendered. This story is ONLY for girls, and this one is ONLY for boys. As a concept, that needs to die, as it’s based on the sexist values inculcated in our society. They’re clearly making some effort to mold young minds in a good way, base Since the series began, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Guys Read books. In theory, it’s a great idea, because more boys should be reading for fun. However, by marketing them as “guy” books, girls are being excluded and it’s continuing the idea that books are gendered. This story is ONLY for girls, and this one is ONLY for boys. As a concept, that needs to die, as it’s based on the sexist values inculcated in our society. They’re clearly making some effort to mold young minds in a good way, based on the inclusion of two female authors and one female MC, but the name itself is still troublesome. Shelving this, though, Guys Read: Other Worlds is a collection of fast-paced stories that will appeal to reluctant young readers, of either gender.Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
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  • Meret Punk
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars❤I just love Percy Jackson..I love his comments and his sarcasm xD❤I also really like Apollo :P..But, what is that cover? ..This is a short book about a quest Apollo gave Percy and Grover..Its very fun!! I enjoyed it, a lot!!❤
  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    Wait....what?Is this a hoax? Is it real? Rick hasn't said ANYTHING about this on his blog (that I've seen), and I check it regularly....Huh????*UPDATE: READ*Yeah, it's real! It's a short story in a collection of short stories by different authors. Very fun.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Short story collections are usually hard to get students to check out, but this series sells itself with the prominent "Guys Read" logo. The first three volumes are always checked out, but I do find these hard to review. I wish that the introduction to this had included the term "speculative fiction", since that's what we are using instead of "science fiction and fantasy" for the Cybils this year! Both types are represented here-- we have science fiction stories from D.J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, R Short story collections are usually hard to get students to check out, but this series sells itself with the prominent "Guys Read" logo. The first three volumes are always checked out, but I do find these hard to review. I wish that the introduction to this had included the term "speculative fiction", since that's what we are using instead of "science fiction and fantasy" for the Cybils this year! Both types are represented here-- we have science fiction stories from D.J. MacHale, Eric Nylund, Rebecca Stead and Tom Angleberger, a medieval fantasy from Shannon Hale, and mythology in the form of a Percy Jackson story from Rick Riordan. Tom Angleberger contributes a funny sci fi piece, and Kenneth Oppel has quite a good ghost story. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Shaun Tan's illustrated offering. The inclusion of Bradbury's Frost and Fire was nice, but not the best fit with the other pieces. Must say that Surly Teen Boy thought this was about the best story, which confirms my feeling that it might have been better placed in an anthology for older readers. The absolute stand out story, however, was Neal Shusterman's The Dirt on Our Shoes which sucked me right in and spun me around with its devastating twist. STB and I discussed whether this had enough meat to be expanded into a novel length book but concluded it did not-- as a short story, it had enough merit to be included as a speculative fiction offering in text books. Very well done.
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  • Thibaut Nicodème
    January 1, 1970
    Well…that was way not worth the trouble I had to go through to read it.It's not terrible, mind you. I guess. It's just…more of the same. You could take any filler chapter in a PJO book and replace it with this one, or vice versa. And I guess I kind of outgrew the original PJO series, so…meh. Without a plot to frame the whole thing, the pointlessness is even more apparent.I also have to ask: why are the gods such idiots? You need to use music to capture the monster of the day, so you give the tas Well…that was way not worth the trouble I had to go through to read it.It's not terrible, mind you. I guess. It's just…more of the same. You could take any filler chapter in a PJO book and replace it with this one, or vice versa. And I guess I kind of outgrew the original PJO series, so…meh. Without a plot to frame the whole thing, the pointlessness is even more apparent.I also have to ask: why are the gods such idiots? You need to use music to capture the monster of the day, so you give the task to a hero with no musical talent whatsoever? I think Rick Riordan should remember that there's a bunch of other demigods in his world, and that they probably get quests all the time too. If there's no specific reason to involve Percy, don't involve Percy.I don't know, maybe I'm being too bitter.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    WHY NOVELLAS WHY?!?!I think I should just stop reading them because I always want more! I can't accept 30 something pages or whatever. I need like 300 pages or something to be satisfied. However, I can't be mad because Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo was amazing. It will make you laugh consistently throughout this book. I loved every second of this book - I just wanted more. I always will when it comes to novellas, which is why I should probably stop reading them. But then again, I did wa WHY NOVELLAS WHY?!?!I think I should just stop reading them because I always want more! I can't accept 30 something pages or whatever. I need like 300 pages or something to be satisfied. However, I can't be mad because Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo was amazing. It will make you laugh consistently throughout this book. I loved every second of this book - I just wanted more. I always will when it comes to novellas, which is why I should probably stop reading them. But then again, I did want to read this entire series and I can proudly say that I think I have officially finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I think this was the last novella I needed to read - but I'm like 90% sure.
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  • Abby Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Really great stories!
  • Garima
    January 1, 1970
    For those of you wondering where you can find this story, it can be found in the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...-----Anyways, on to the actual story. I'm not going to lie; I was a bit disappointed by this. Maybe it's because this one was kind of short. When I heard about this story, I was really excited. I couldn't wait to read another first POV Percy story, especially after reading all of Rick's other short stories which were basically perfect. I'm not saying this story was bad. For those of you wondering where you can find this story, it can be found in the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...-----Anyways, on to the actual story. I'm not going to lie; I was a bit disappointed by this. Maybe it's because this one was kind of short. When I heard about this story, I was really excited. I couldn't wait to read another first POV Percy story, especially after reading all of Rick's other short stories which were basically perfect. I'm not saying this story was bad. It was still funny and action-filled as usual, but I found it to be mediocre.
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  • Rowie
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to come up with three funniest Percy Jackson characters on the spot it might just be Apollo, Grover and Percy Jackson. Whether it's Apollo's neverending ego, Grover's position of the loveable sidekick or the snarky main hero. So it should come to no surprise that this is one of the best short stories in this universe I've ever read. Why? Because it is the perfect length to really capture the silly and funny side of the Percy Jackson series. This really felt just like the little quests t If I had to come up with three funniest Percy Jackson characters on the spot it might just be Apollo, Grover and Percy Jackson. Whether it's Apollo's neverending ego, Grover's position of the loveable sidekick or the snarky main hero. So it should come to no surprise that this is one of the best short stories in this universe I've ever read. Why? Because it is the perfect length to really capture the silly and funny side of the Percy Jackson series. This really felt just like the little quests they do in each PJO book leading up to the finale. Even though there's a lot less pressure and that's good for a short story. This is not groundbreaking and surprising but it shines because of its familiar tone. This book is like that reunion with an old friend you've been missing like crazy - but didn't realize exactly HOW much until you finally meet up. You don't know why you've lost contact, but somehow life got in the way. This short story reminded me of what it was like reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians for the first time a few summers ago. It was like I was sitting on the balcony again, drink at the side, just reading this as a break from my school workload. Only this time around it was late at night. I was comfortable in bed and just finished Magnus Chase and the hammer of Thor. Before going to bed I was set on finishing this story. Sometimes when I'm really tired reading actually can feel like a chore. But if I don't do it I feel like I won't go to sleep as nicely. This time I was really tired, but reading was bliss. I smiled and even may have let out a laugh. I mean Percy Jackson, Apollo AND Grover.. what more could you want?
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    While most other reviewers seemed to have gotten this for the Percy Jackson story, I found it one of the least appealing. It wasn't bad, but not really my cup of tea. Most of the other stories were far better, especially the final one "Frost & Fire", an SF story by Ray Bradbury to whom the book is dedicated. I've read it several times before. It's still good.I'd also read "Bouncing the Grinning Goat", a fantasy story featuring a very plucky young lady who is continually in over her head, but While most other reviewers seemed to have gotten this for the Percy Jackson story, I found it one of the least appealing. It wasn't bad, but not really my cup of tea. Most of the other stories were far better, especially the final one "Frost & Fire", an SF story by Ray Bradbury to whom the book is dedicated. I've read it several times before. It's still good.I'd also read "Bouncing the Grinning Goat", a fantasy story featuring a very plucky young lady who is continually in over her head, but gamely keeps faking it until she makes it. LOL! I got a kick out of it as much the second time as the first.Overall, it's a 3.5, but I'm rounding it up due to great narration.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Cute and light. Percy teams up with his pal Grover to find Apollo's missing backup singer. This story has the requisite jokes and silly situations that make all of Riordan's stories so much fun.Recommended.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book that every Junior High and High School should have on their shelves for the young men who say they do not like to read.The stories are short, captivating, active-packed and entertaining.
  • Chester Carstairs
    January 1, 1970
    Short but really funny, as expected!
  • Serethiel ☽ ✨
    January 1, 1970
    WAIT.WHAT?THIS IS A THING?!THIS LOOKS LIKE A VERY WONDERFUL THING.WHERE CAN I FIND THIS VERY WONDERFUL THING?!
  • Hunter Sara Wilde
    January 1, 1970
    جالب بود خوشم اومد...بعد از مدت ها که از شخصیت های پرسی جکسون چیزی نخونده بودم برام دلچسب بود...طنزش هم که مثل همیشه پرفکت...فقط کاورش چه ربطی به خود کتاب داشت؟؟؟؟
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  • Audrey (Ravenstar)
    January 1, 1970
    AWESOMENESS!
  • Vyou
    January 1, 1970
    Apolo y Percy ❤ Apolo y Percy ❤️
  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a short story where Percy and Grover have less than a day to find a golden singer that backs Apollo up when he sings, along with her 3 other golden singers. You really can't say no to Apollo when he wants a "favor" from you after all! I enjoyed it, but it really wasn't particularly memorable. I'm not going to bother with the rest of the stories in the book that contained this story.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    I want to want to read this but I already have two problems with it: 1) gendered stories is a B.S. concept that needs to die 2) There is literally NOTHING science fiction about Percy Jackson.
  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not big on anthologies, but I will read about anything Walden Pond Press puts out (seriously love them!) and I'm pretty open minded. It's hard to review books like this but I'm going to do a few sentences for each story.Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan- I've only read two Percy books and this one is clearly later on, but it's a contained story, you don't need to have read anything about him. I actually like this older, more mature Percy more though and I'm more anxious I'm not big on anthologies, but I will read about anything Walden Pond Press puts out (seriously love them!) and I'm pretty open minded. It's hard to review books like this but I'm going to do a few sentences for each story.Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan- I've only read two Percy books and this one is clearly later on, but it's a contained story, you don't need to have read anything about him. I actually like this older, more mature Percy more though and I'm more anxious to continue the series. There are a few spoilery things, like I now know about a girlfriend who was not yet his girlfriend (where I had read to) and some other stuff, but nothing big. I think that the world aspects would be easy to latch onto for those who haven't read any of the books yet. It was also a decent length at 29 pages. I really liked it. 4 starsBouncing the Grinning Goat by Shannon Hale- While I like Shannon Hale a lot this story didn't work so well. It's fantasy and I didn't feel like I got enough of a look at the world to really feel it. It also felt a big disjointed to me. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't really my thing either. 2 starsThe Scout by D.J. Machale- This one was quite good. I loved that we assume one thing and then get a big twist at the end, it really surprised me. And the whole time I was reading I had no idea what to expect. This was one that we didn't need world building for so it worked very well as a short story. I wouldn't mind more of this particular story actually. 4 starsRise of the RoboShoes by Tom Angleberger- This story was just silly. Not really to my taste but I can see how some kids (boys in particular) would enjoy it. 2 starsThe Dirt on Our Shoes by Neal Shusterman- This is one of my favorites. This somehow had a well developed world in a very short story. It's set in outer space on a ship that's about to land after being in space for 60+ years. I really loved the setting and connected with the characters surprisingly well. I would love more of this story! 5 starsPlan B by Rebecca Stead- This story was pretty silly, but I liked it okay. I liked the twists though I saw some things coming ahead of time. 3 starsA Day In the Life by Shaun Tan- This is like a short comic strip. It definitely didn't work for me, but I can see how some younger readers would enjoy it. 2 starsThe Klack Bros. Museum by Kenneth Oppel- This was a pretty decent story. It had enough development to have enough of a connection with the characters. It was easy to settle into the world since it's our own and I liked what it became. I don't want to spoil, so I won't share more, but it was a good story! 4 starsThe Warlords of Recess by Eric Nylund- This was another one that's just slightly ridiculous. It works though. It's silly, but I can see how lots of MG boys would think it's hilarious so I think it's perfect for this book even though it didn't work great for me. 3 starsFrost and Fire by Ray Bradbury-This story wasn't for me, but that's just Ray Bradbury, his style isn't really to my liking. However, I know that many will enjoy the story. While I know it's well written and is a unique concept, I'm not sure what kids will think of it. It's definitely a bit too gory for my liking but I know kids watch a lot of stuff on TV so it's up to what parents allow their children to read/watch. I would recommend this particular story to more mature readers. I know Bradbury fans will enjoy the story, so keep that in mind. It's just not my own personal style. 2 starsOverall I enjoyed most of the stories and I liked being able to sit down and read through an entire short story. I think it's got a lot of great ones for MG boys, which is what it's aimed at. While the book says ages 8-12 and grades 3-7 I don't think I would have my 8 year old read it, nor would I donate this one to her 3rd grade class. I would say maybe 4th grade and up but 5th, 6th and 7th would probably be more along the right age range.You can find this review, and others like it, on my blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com
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  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet, be attacked by alien warlords, or even be taken over by evil robo-shoes? This is the book for you! The Guys Read series have collections of short stories by different authors. In this book all of the stories are Sci-Fi (one of my favorite genres). There are ten stories in all and the authors are -Tom AnglebergerRay BradburyShannon HaleD.J. MacHaleEric NylundKenneth OppelRick RiordanNeal ShustermanRebecca SteadShaun Tanwith i Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet, be attacked by alien warlords, or even be taken over by evil robo-shoes? This is the book for you! The Guys Read series have collections of short stories by different authors. In this book all of the stories are Sci-Fi (one of my favorite genres). There are ten stories in all and the authors are -Tom AnglebergerRay BradburyShannon HaleD.J. MacHaleEric NylundKenneth OppelRick RiordanNeal ShustermanRebecca SteadShaun Tanwith illustrations by Greg RuthOpinion- The stories in the collection are all written in different styles (which I thought made it really cool). Rick Riordan wrote a new Percy Jackson short story for the book (very cool). I particularly loved Bouncing the Grinning Goat by Shannon Hale because it had a medieval feel to it with swords and mystical powers. There is even one story by Shaun Tan that is completely graphic and pretty cool. I was introduced to some really great authors that I didn’t know before (Ray Bradbury, Rebecca Stead) that I am planning to read more of their books. Of course, I loved Tom Angleberger’s “Rise of the RoboShoes” and Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo.” Both were funny and were the great stories I expect out of two of my favorite authors. Because they Guys Read series is a bunch of short stories, they are great to read when you don’t have a lot of time or for kids who are reluctant readers. I think boys will love this book, although I know a lot of girls who are into Sci-Fi too!*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lucía Córdova
    January 1, 1970
    Comenzado 30 de Julio, 2014.Terminado 30-31 de Julio, 2014 (12:07am)Hoy, 31 de Julio, 2014. Después de haber leído La espada de Hades, pensé que sería algo parecido, esperaba más, pero como es típico no decepciona, son de esas aventuras que pasan y sólo te dice "es una larga historia" por lo queme ha gustado, un poco aburrida tal vez en ese sentido, tiene 17páginas por Zeus! Pero aunque esperaba mucho que apareciese Annabeth, no lo hace, pero se recompensa en el momento en la que la llama "mi n Comenzado 30 de Julio, 2014.Terminado 30-31 de Julio, 2014 (12:07am)Hoy, 31 de Julio, 2014. Después de haber leído La espada de Hades, pensé que sería algo parecido, esperaba más, pero como es típico no decepciona, son de esas aventuras que pasan y sólo te dice "es una larga historia" por lo queme ha gustado, un poco aburrida tal vez en ese sentido, tiene 17páginas por Zeus! Pero aunque esperaba mucho que apareciese Annabeth, no lo hace, pero se recompensa en el momento en la que la llama "mi novia" morí. Y recuerdo de otros libros su pensamiento constante en ella, sin contar el carisma d Percy que nunca falta y me hace reir mucho. Buen libro, a diferencia del otro no esencial, pero muy bueno para pasaar el rato y plantearse cosas como Percy Jackson en ropa interior frente a todo Time Square, si eso te interesa ¡Recomendadisimo!
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  • Ellaria (goldenlyre)
    January 1, 1970
    I swear to god this short story was hard to find online. I mean seriously it's only 30 pages like wtf?? I almost gave up on it. Thankfully someone finally put it online :'-) Anyways, I liked the story, but it's definitely not as good as some of the other short stories.
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  • Ebru Kazak
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a brilliant compilation of beautifully written, impressive stories that I'd definitely recommend to any fantasy reader: Especially to young beginners who would no doubt be lured to the genre with it.
  • Sara Ximena
    January 1, 1970
    Muy corta pero excelente como todo lo de Percycada escena est an http://31.media.tumblr.com/06c70e0b08...
  • Fernanda
    January 1, 1970
    No saben cuanto amo a Apolo <3
  • Lauren P.
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Favorites included Shannon Hale's "Bouncing the Grinning Goat," Kenneth Oppel's "The Ghost Boy," and DJ MacHale's "The Scout."
  • Aaliya
    January 1, 1970
    I'm, is this fake, never heard this before in my LIFE
  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to rate/review each short story individually since I liked some better than others. "Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo" by Rick RiordanThis story is probably going to be the reason most of my students check this book out. We have some rather seriously devoted Percy fans in our school. Summary: In this story, Apollo has a rogue backup singer on the loose in New York City who has capabilities to wrack singers with emotional feelings. Percy and Grover are Apollo's chosen minions to t I'm going to rate/review each short story individually since I liked some better than others. "Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo" by Rick RiordanThis story is probably going to be the reason most of my students check this book out. We have some rather seriously devoted Percy fans in our school. Summary: In this story, Apollo has a rogue backup singer on the loose in New York City who has capabilities to wrack singers with emotional feelings. Percy and Grover are Apollo's chosen minions to track down and catch the backup singer before Apollo's concert on Olympus that night. (And before all of New York is skipping down the street singing one giant Broadway number.)My Rating: 3.5 starsThis was average Percy fare. It was a short adventure with some things that made me quirk a smile. But Riordan's forte is definitely longer stories that can build more."Bouncing the Grinning Goat" by Shannon HaleSummary: A girl has run away from the craziness of being the middle child of 17, seeking some other kind of adventure. Starving, she applies to be a bouncer at a pub in a small town. She tricks her way in, managing to keep the rougher patrons under control by trickery and stern looks. But then some actual bad guys are headed to town and her skills are going to be shown for what they really are unless she can find some way to save the entire town.My Rating: 3.5A fun story, though it started a little slow and it took a while to figure out if I liked the protagonist or not. Also feel like Hale is better at longer stories, and actually would like to see her expand this into one."The Scout" by D.J. MacHaleSummary: A scout is out for some survival training in the desert. Feeling like he is being held back by the incompetent two group leaders, Kit manages to avoid being in either group and decides he has a better chance of winning the challenge on his own. The next morning, something strange falls out of the sky near him, and Kit finds himself on a run for his life from this strange machine.My Rating: 5This was one of the best, if not the best story in the book. MacHale does a great job of building suspense and drawing the reader into Kit's fight for his life. He also masterfully does a slow reveal that all is not as the reader first assumes. There's a great twist to this one."Rise of the RoboShoes" by Tom AnglebergerSummary: Robotic shoes are going to overthrow their overly demanding humans until they are overcome by a new enemy.My Rating: 2.5I have a feeling this is one of those stories that readers will either love or you won't and there's not much in between. It was just ok for me. It was definitely a short, fast read. The illustrations that accompanied this were creative and humorous. It really doesn't have much to it beyond the illustrations and the ranting of the RoboShoes' leader."The Dirt on our Shoes" by Neal ShustermanSummary: A ship of space colonists is nearing their final destination after 65 years of travel, which is a good thing because water and some other resources are becoming scarce. A highly stratified social structure has also emerged, and those lower on this ladder can't wait for the freedom to escape the others. Tanner and Morena are two of those. They are both orphans, as their parents have died en route. Morena lives with the only remaining original colonist, and he begins to tell the two teens that the landing on the new planet is not going to go as the other colonists suspect. Tanner and Morena start investigating what he means, like why water is becoming scarce when it was supposed to be recycled over the years? And why is the ship not coming into the correct orbit around the planet? The mystery holds grave implications for their survival.My Rating: 4.5This was another of my favorites in the book. The story did a good job of building a new world, introducing characters that weren't too flat, and uncovering the deep secrets involved in the ship's mission at a good pace. It was well written and fully satisfying even though it was only 40ish pages long."Plan B" by Rebecca SteadSummary: A boy tells how his family vacation was ruined by something that happened to him, and resulted in ruining some very big plans. (view spoiler)[The boy and his parents are aliens (well, the boy is an adopted human turned into an alien), and their true form is cat-like. He starts to grow a tail on vacation. His family rushes him back to the alien doctors, and they reveal this was the plan all along. To infect the Earth with a virus that turns everyone into cat form. The boy's mom doesn't like that plan and the family runs away with the virus before the aliens can infect the Earth. (hide spoiler)]My Rating: 1.5It was hard to follow this story at times, and I felt like it was one of the weakest in the collection writing-wise. The idea was ok, but the execution was lacking."A Day in the Life" by Shaun TanSummary: Told mostly through pictures, the artist tells about one day in his highly unusual world.My Rating: 3I would have like to have had more to this one. I liked the whimsical activities of the artist in his imaginary world, and the art was intriguing to accompany the sparse words. But it was hard to really tell what exactly was going on, and I was intrigued enough to desire more info."The Klack Bros. Museum" by Kenneth OppelSummary: A boy and his dad are on a train trip. They are delayed at a stop for several hours and are bored. A man offers them a ride to a nearby museum, and they decide why not. The museum is pretty much just a random collection of stuff, and not much of note. But in one room they go into an exhibit to see a ghost boy. The museum's guide is convinced the boy can communicate with the ghost boy, and he actually offers to buy the kid from his dad. A bit freaked out, both dad and boy are eager to get back to the train. But the ghost boy follows and it is up to the kid to free him.My Rating: 1I found this story highly predictable, and pretty routine for a "creepy ghost story." I was a bit disappointed coming from Oppel, who I know can build highly imaginative worlds. I also don't really care for ghost stories at all, so this was my least favorite of the collection."The Warlords of Recess" by Eric NylundSummary: Two nerdy boys who are always the last ones picked for any kind of athletic game find themselves the last of the kids near the basketball courts still standing when some strange big kids show up. The big kids demand that the boys play, but they quickly catch on that these guys don't know the rules so they tell them. The strangers are horrified by breaking rules, and the quick thinking boys realize they can use this to their favor. They win the basketball game, and then use the same tactics on the following capture the flag game. The strangers are really aliens who have rules that they must defeat a planet in 3 challenges before they can fully invade.My Rating: 5This was one of my favorite stories, and probably the most humorous of all the tales. Nylund builds a convincing alien race with a culture solidly committed to rules, and the two quick-witted little kids who catch on, take advantage of this, and shockingly proceed to save the entire planet. Nylund was the only author in this story collection I had never read before. I'm now going to hunt down some of his other stories because this was fun with good writing and a decent plot line."Frost and Fire" by Ray BradburySummary: The people living on a planet near the sun have only 8 days to live. They mature at incredible rates due to the radiation they are exposed to. They have collective memories, so even those just a day old know that something is wrong and this isn't always how things have been. Sim is determined to find a way to live longer. He is determined to make it to one of the ships the original ancestors came in that is still visible on a mountain. But on top of only living for 8 days, the climate is not very conducive to hiking to a nearby mountain. The nights are freeze-to-death cold, and the days are burn-to-an-ashy-heap hot. There are only limited hours when it is safe to emerge from the caves, and those are often absorbed with gathering food and fighting for better caves with greater radiation protection (and thereby longer lives). (view spoiler)[Sim and his girlfriend make it to the ship by using a river for travel. The ship dramatically slows their aging. So Sim goes back to bring more people to help pilot the ship and go to somewhere safer where they can live much longer. (hide spoiler)]My Rating: 2.5This story didn't bore me, but it also didn't grip my attention. I could never get myself to really care about Sim and his plight. Not my favorite Bradbury offering.Overall, several great entertaining offerings in this mix. Even though this is a Guys Read offering, I'm sure many girls will enjoy it as well. (It is so much easier to get girls to read "guy" books than vice versa.) Pretty much as soon as they find out Percy Jackson has an exclusive story in here I won't be able to keep it on the shelves, and hopefully they'll find some other authors to explore as well.Notes on content: No swearing. No sexual content. MacHale's story has machines firing at a person, but the person evades it with only minor scratches, though the city is attacked. But no details are given. The Oppel story had threatened violence, but nothing acted out. Shusterman's story has several people dying by slamming into a mountain, but no gory details. Bradbury's story is probably the most violent. Stones are used as weapons and several people are cut in fighting, one person's eye is destroyed, and there are some details of this. Also, the people in this story get thrills by trying to outrun avalanches, and Sim describes seeing a red pool under rocks where someone didn't make it.
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