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Gr 4-8-This volume in the popular series does not disappoint. It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, and once again 10 of the best writers in the field contribute short stories. While appealing primarily to boys, girls who are fans of this genre will scoop it up as well. Highlights include Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo," Neal Shusterman's "The Dirt on Our Shoes," and a story from recently deceased Ray Bradbury, "Frost and Fire." All of the selections are worthy, making this anthology a must purchase. Other Worlds will fly off the shelves, validating Scieszka's notion that there are no "reluctant" readers, just picky ones.-Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NYÃÂ±(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Jon Scieszka is the author of some of the best-known and funniest books for children, including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, the Time Warp Trio chapter book series, the Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, and the Trucktown series. He is also the author of the upcoming Robot Zot! illustrated by Dave Shannon. In 2007, Jon was named the first National Ambassador for Children's Literature by the Library of Congress. He grew up with five brothers in Flint, MI, and now lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit him online at www.guysread.com. Mac Barnett is the author of the picture books Billy Twitter and His Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again!, and the middle-grade series the Brixton Brothers. He lives in California. You can visit him online at www.macbarnett.com. Eoin Colfer is the author of the phenomenally successful Artemis Fowl series, as well as many other books for kids. He lives in Ireland. You can visit him online at www.eoincolfer.com. Christopher Paul Curtis is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and Bucking the Sarge. He lives with his family in Ontario, Canada. Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal for her book The Tale Of Despereaux. Her other books include Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; and The Magician's Elephant. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. You can visit her online at www.katedicamillo.com. Paul Feig is an acclaimed television writer, producer, and director. He created and wrote, along with friend Judd Apatow, the cult-classic television show about high school life in the 80s, Freaks and Geeks. Since then, he has written for and/or directed such diverse shows as The Office, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Weeds, and Arrested Development. He has also written two memoirs and a children's book, Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut! He lives in Los Angeles. Jack Gantos is the author of many funny books for kids, including the Joey Pigza series. He lives in Boston, MA. You can visit him online at www.jackgantos.com. Jeff Kinney is best known as the creator of the internet-comic-turned-publishing-sensation Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which has spawned three sequels and an upcoming live-action movie. He lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. You can visit him online at www.wimpykid.com. David Lubar is the author of many hilarious books for kids, including the Nathan Abercrombie: Accidental Zombie series and Weenies series. He lives in Nazareth, PA. You can visit him online at www.davidlubar.com. Adam Rex is a bestselling writer, a sought-after illustrator, and pretty much anything you can think of. Some of his books include the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and its follow-up Frankenstein Takes the Cake; the middle-grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday, currently under development as a feature film; and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He lives in Arizona, but you'd do better finding out about him at www.adamrex.com. David Yoo is the acclaimed author of Girls for Breakfast and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before. He's also just about the best blogger on earth. You can visit him online at www.daveyoo.com.