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Guys Read: Unaccompanied Minors: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jeff Kinney, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 07, 2011)

Jeff Kinney is pretty much the nicest guy you can hope to meet. Except when it comes to his brother, Patrick. The two of them have been locked in a battle for supremacy since they were young—a war that continues...


Guys Read: A Fistful of Feathers: A Short Story from Guys Read: Funny Business

by David Yoo, Jon Scieszka & Adam Rex Walden Pond Press (June 07, 2011)

Sam has a problem: his dad doesn’t think he’s “man enough.” So Dad decides he’s going to toughen Sam up by getting a turkey to raise in preparation for Thanksgiving. But no one is prepared for the...


The Emerald Casket

by Richard Newsome & Jonny Duddle Walden Pond Press (May 17, 2011)

It has only been a month since Gerald Wilkins be-came the richest kid on earth. One month since he found out his great-aunt Geraldine had left him all her fortune and, with it, a murder mystery, clues to a diamond...


The Dungeoneers

by John David Anderson Walden Pond Press (June 23, 2015)

An action-packed, funny, and unexpected middle grade fantasy-adventure from the acclaimed author of Sidekicked.

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem...


Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (May 05, 2015)

From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy...


Juniper Berry

by M. P. Kozlowsky & Erwin Madrid Walden Pond Press (April 26, 2011)

Juniper Berry's parents are the most beloved actor and actress in the world—but Juniper can't help but feel they haven't been quite right lately. And she and her friend Giles are determined to find out why....


The Dyerville Tales

by M. P. Kozlowsky & Brian Thompson Walden Pond Press (April 22, 2014)

"If you enjoyed the travels and adventure in The Hobbit, you'll love the action-packed pages of The Dyerville Tales" (Brightly.com).

The Dyerville Tales is a powerfully imaginative middle grade novel that blurs...


Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (May 06, 2014)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is back with The Ostrich Conspiracy, the second installment in a fast-paced, action-packed, and hilarious middle-grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary...


Guys Read: Funny Business

by Jon Scieszka Walden Pond Press (September 21, 2010)

Funny Business, the first volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to delight, amuse, and possibly make you spit your milk in your friend's face.

There's...


Finding Danny

by Linzi Glass Walden Pond Press (May 11, 2010)

Twelve-year-old Bree Davies is devastated when her beloved Border Collie, Danny, goes missing after her mom leaves the gate open to their Santa Monica home. In her search to find Danny, Bree is thrust into the...


Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (May 07, 2013)

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is the first in a series of zany, action-packed middle grade mysteries featuring platypus police detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley.

 

When a call comes in...


The Real Boy

by Anne Ursu & Erin McGuire Walden Pond Press (September 24, 2013)

National Book Award Longlist * Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book of the Year

"Beautifully written and elegantly structured, this fantasy is as real as it gets."—Franny Billingsley, author of Chime...


My Jasper June

by Laurel Snyder Walden Pond Press (September 03, 2019)

My Jasper June is a treasure—a touching story of friendship, loss, and finding beauty in the everyday, with characters who stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page. I absolutely loved it.”—R....


Guys Read: Max Swings for the Fences

by Anne Ursu Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Maximilian Funk is the new kid in school, and not much of a baseball fan, a deadly combination. He has to figure out a way to impress Molly Kinsman, the best pitcher in the city and the most beautiful girl he's...


Guys Read: I Will Destroy You, Derek Jeter

by Chris Rylander Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Wes' life has been nothing but one tragedy after another since he went to see a game at Yankee Stadium, and it can all be traced back to one man: all-star shortstop Derek Jeter. Now, Derek Jeter must pay.

This...


Guys Read: How I Won the World Series

by Dan Gutman Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Children's author and lifelong baseball fan Dan Gutman recounts how he himself was actually the hero in the New York Mets' miraculous defeat of the Boston Red Sox in Game Six of the 1986 World Series—the infamous...


Guys Read: Find Your Fire

by Tim Green Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Offensive lineman Jake and his best friend, Bobby, were planning on playing for the Immaculate Heart football team together—until an unexpected turn of events finds them competing for one scholarship.

This...


Guys Read: The Trophy

by Gordon Korman Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Lucas and his friends are still reveling in their city-wide middle school basketball championship when the trophy they won goes missing. Foul play is afoot, and it's going to take all their basketball and detective...


Guys Read: Choke

by Joseph Bruchac Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

It takes a big risk in the mixed martial arts arena for 98-pound weakling Johnny to find that real power comes from within.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages is a winner.


Guys Read: Against All Odds

by Dustin Brown Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

Dustin Brown, all-star captain of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, tells his story of how he went from being a youth hockey player in Ithaca, New York, to becoming one of the NHL's biggest stars....


Guys Read: The Meat Grinder

by Chris Crutcher Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

If Devin Mack can't actually fight his father, he's going to fight everyone he can find on the football field.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages is a winner.


Guys Read: The Distance

by Jacqueline Woodson Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

CJ just blew the half-mile relay for his track team, but the race on his mind is the one that's happening off the field in this short story from all-star author Jacqueline Woodson.

This short story from the collection...


Guys Read: The Choice

by James Brown Walden Pond Press (August 21, 2012)

CBS NFL Today anchor James Brown recounts the true story of how the decision he made as a young college basketball star shaped his life forever.

This short story from the collection Guys Read: The Sports Pages...


Finding Orion

by John David Anderson Walden Pond Press (May 07, 2019)

The acclaimed author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted returns with an unforgettable tale of love and laughter, of fathers and sons, of what family truly means, and of the ways in which we sometimes need...


Bat and the End of Everything

by Elana K. Arnold & Charles Santoso Walden Pond Press (March 26, 2019)

The third book in the funny and joyful series Katherine Applegate has called “tender and important,” by National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold. 

Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker...


The Lost Girl

by Anne Ursu Walden Pond Press (February 12, 2019)

Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.

When you’re an identical twin,...


Love Sugar Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits

Love Sugar Magic #2

by Anna Meriano & Mirelle Ortega Walden Pond Press (February 05, 2019)

The second book in this breakout series that's been called "charming and delectably sweet." (Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series)

Leonora Logroño has finally been introduced...


Guys Read: The Sports Pages

by Jon Scieszka, Gordon Korman, Chris Rylander & Dan Gutman et al. Walden Pond Press (July 10, 2012)

The Sports Pages, the third volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, features ten short stories guaranteed to put you in the ring, under the basket, and right behind home plate.

From fiction...


The Mask of Destiny

by Richard Newsome & Jonny Duddle Walden Pond Press (May 15, 2012)

The life of Australian teen Gerald Wilkins changed forever when he inherited twenty billion pounds and a mystery to solve. In The Mask of Destiny, Gerald believes his enemy Sir Mason Green will be put in prison...


Granted

by John David Anderson Walden Pond Press (February 13, 2018)

From the author of beloved novels Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted comes a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training.

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown...


Bat and the Waiting Game

by Elana K. Arnold & Charles Santoso Walden Pond Press (March 27, 2018)

In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the...


Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Love Sugar Magic #1

by Anna Meriano & Mirelle Ortega Walden Pond Press (January 02, 2018)

"A charming and delectably sweet debut. Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heartLove Sugar Magic has it all." Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series

Leonora Logroño’s...


Neversink

by Barry Wolverton & Sam Nielson Walden Pond Press (March 27, 2012)

Barry Wolverton's masterful middle-grade debut, Neversink, is an epic tale of some very un-epic birds, a fast-paced and funny story of survival, friendship, and fish, in the vein of Watership Down and Kathi...


Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

by Frank Cottrell Boyce Walden Pond Press (June 20, 2017)

A one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one’s place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That's important when you have a grandfather who is...


Posted

by John David Anderson Walden Pond Press (May 02, 2017)

With multiple starred reviews, don't miss this humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, social media, and the failures of communication between kids. From John...


A Boy Called Bat

by Elana K. Arnold & Charles Santoso Walden Pond Press (March 14, 2017)

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles...


Ms. Bixby's Last Day

by John David Anderson Walden Pond Press (June 21, 2016)

A funny, heartwarming, and heartbreaking contemporary story about three boys, one teacher, and a day none of them will ever forget.

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the...


Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (May 17, 2016)

From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Never Say Narwhal, the final installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy...


Guys Read: Ghost Vision Glasses

by Patrick Carman Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

The ad promised you’d be able to see into the spirit world. But they couldn’t work for real . . . could they? A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: The Snake Mafia

by Gennifer Choldenko Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

River and Niko find their dad is missing, and they have no choice but to track him down. But when they discover the clues lead to a shady reptile dealer, they start to think they might have gotten in over their...


Guys Read: Pudding

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

His friends warned him not to try the fried pudding at the carnival, but Dan didn’t listen. A short story in comics from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Boys Will Be Boys

by James Patterson Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

A train ride home from a school field trip turns sinister when two kids spot a body on the tracks. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: Nate Macavoy, Monster Hunter

by Bruce Hale Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Nate’s best friend Jeremy is missing, and Nate seems to be the only one worried that he’s been captured by hideous creatures that live in the sewers. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon...


Guys Read: The Double Eagle Has Landed

by Anthony Horowitz Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Tim Diamond—the world’s worst private detective—takes on his most dangerous case yet, and it’s going to be up to his brother to keep him out of trouble. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited...


Guys Read: Believing in Brooklyn

by Matt De La Pena Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Benny’s friend Ray come up with his craziest invention idea yet: a machine that grants wishes. But when Benny realizes he has some wishes that need granting, he starts to wonder if it might just work. A short...


Guys Read: Thad, the Ghost, and Me

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

There’s nothing better than taking your timid little cousin Thad to one of those sweet haunted houses the 4-H Club decorates for Halloween. Except, of course, if the house turns out to actually be haunted....


Guys Read: Pirate

by Walter Dean Myers Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Abdullah Syed Hari is fourteen years old. He loves his family and his friends. And he is a Somali pirate. A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


Guys Read: The Old, Dead Nuisance

by M. T. Anderson Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

Two fake psychics, one real haunted house—what could go wrong? A short story from Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka.


The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin

by Elinor Teele Walden Pond Press (April 12, 2016)

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.

John Coggin...


Guys Read: Thriller

by Jon Scieszka & Brett Helquist Walden Pond Press (September 20, 2011)

A body on the tracks

A teenage terrorist

A mysterious wish-granting machine

The world’s worst private detective

The second volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading is chock-full of mystery, intrigue, and...