February/March Book Post – The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

Cover Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Well. We are in a bit of a transition moment here at TMC Guys Read. After having only one person at the last meeting, we had no one show up to talk about The Rats of NIMH. So, we’re going to take February off and attempt to restart in March. I hope we have enough interest to continue.

Our next book is The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, by Mac Barnett. We have read this book before, and Mac Barnett was even our very first author Skype, which started our whole double-sided tape thing. So, it is a momentous book in our history. Oh, and it is also a pretty hilarious mystery.

Check out the Brixton Brothers website.

I hope to see you in March! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, March 26, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library

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May Book Post – A Wrinkle in Time

wrinkleWell, here we are. The end. Our last meeting. It’s been a good year, right?

Our last book of the year is A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. This is a science fiction classic that just celebrated its 50th anniversary. We’ve read it before in Guys Read. It’s a tricky story, but I really like it. It might be a good one to read as a family.

Continuing our tradition, the Girls Read club will also read Wrinkle in Time, and we’ll have a potluck dinner and combo meeting. Because of this, we’ll start a half hour earlier, at 6:00.

I’ve got more planned, too! Some giveaways. A super secret Skype quick-guest. Who knows what else?

See you soon. Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, May 22, 6:00-7:30 pm

April Book Post – The Phantom Tollbooth

Cover © Random House Bullseye Books

Cover © Random House Bullseye Books

Here we are, at the penultimate book. I love the word “penultimate.” Look it up. It is awesome.

As chosen by you, we are reading The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. This is a classic story, beloved of many. I’m glad we picked it, because it’s a book every kid should read an enjoy. Sometimes, older books get forgotten or overlooked. Not this time!

Our friends at SMS Guys Read are planning to read this, too. So we’ll be up for some Tollbooth IBRG antics and videos during our Wednesday lunch group. If you’re in that group, get ready. If you’re not, join us!

See you soon! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

March Book Post – The Boy at the End of the World

Cover © Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Cover © Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Well. On we go. We move now from silly and clever historical mystery to awesome and clever science fiction adventure. But first, let me ask you a question: What would be the best team-up ever? Sure, there are lots of possible answers to this question. But if “Boy, robot, and mammoth” was your guess (or if you wish it was), then you’re in luck.

Our next book is the crazy and amazing sci-fi adventure The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout. I’ve already described it to you! Boy, robot, and mammoth team up in a fight for survival in a futuristic world. Oh, there’s also a talking , gun-carrying prairie dog.

Does this sound awesome, or does it sound amazing? I think both.

Meeting: Thursday, March 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

February Book Post – Horton Halfpott

Cover © Harry N. Abrams

Cover © Harry N. Abrams

And onward we march! Our next book is a Guys Read favorite, by a Guys Read favorite author. Horton Halfpott, by Tom Angleberger. Maybe you’ve heard of Mr. Angleberger? He wrote a little series called Origami Yoda! He is the best. THE BEST! Horton is a lot different than Origami Yoda, but it is just as stooky!

Actually, Horton Halfpott has three titles. Here’s the full meal deal:

Horton Halfpott, or

the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or

the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset

So, make of that what you will. It is a pretty hilarious historical mystery.

Book trailer!

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Meeting: Thursday, February 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

A couple of years ago, we used Horton with our cross country partnership with SMS Guys Read, the IBRG. Click here for a bunch of links to our crazy videos.

January Book Post – The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Cover © Laurel Leaf

Cover © Laurel Leaf

The dark days of December doomed our date last week. For only the second time ever, your fearless leader was the only Guy Reader at the meeting. It’s OK. I know lives are busy and time is tight. Hopefully, we can recover after Winter Break.

Our next book is The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. This was Mr. Curtis’ first book, and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since. He is a great writer and a funny guy–one of my favorite authors. At the meeting, I’ll tell you a story about when I met him once (actually, I’ve met him twice!).

Historical fiction is always interesting to read, especially if it is like this book, teaching you so much about the time and place of the story.

Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-7:30 pm

November (December) Book Post – Ben Franklin’s Almanac

Cover © Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Cover © Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Alrighty, guys. We are plugging along here. We had our first IBRG meeting today, and our Battle Bunny-inspired craziness looks to be pretty fun.

Our next book for the main club is our nonfiction selection for the year, Ben Franklin’s Almanac, by Candace Fleming. Ms. Fleming is a master biography writer, so you’re in for a treat. I love the format of this book, too, with the short pieces. It makes it easier to read, I think. You’ll learn all kinds of things about Ben Franklin that you never knew before.

Because of Thanksgiving, we’ll actually be meeting in the first week of December. See you then!

Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, December 5, 6:30-7:30 pm