In this diverse and original collection of short stories, 10 well-known writers, including Mo Willems, Walter Dean Myers, Ron Koertge, Rene Saldana, Jr., David Levithan, and David Lubar, share their stories about the trials and tribulations of being a guy. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always honest, each story portrays the reality of being an everyday guy who gets a few life lessons and still manages to come out on top.
Walker shouldn’t be so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he prayed for whoever was up there to help his mom, who hasn’t stopped crying since Noah died, two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so...irreverent? As astounding as Jesus’ sudden appearance is, it’s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother’s death. Why would God take 17-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom’s nursing home are waiting to die?
"Quick and Quirky"
Beautiful but troubled Colleen Minou is the only girl who ever looked at Ben Bancroft as more than just a spaz - more than that kid with cerebral palsy. But the more time Ben spends with Colleen, the more glaring their differences appear, which makes him wonder if what he feels for her is actual affection or if it’s just gratitude. And then there’s A.J. She’s everything that Colleen isn’t, and everything that Ben’s grandma wants for him: clean-cut and upper-class, academically driven, and just as obsessed with movies as Ben is. But what does she see when she looks at Ben? C.P.?