The Villain’s Guide to Being a Hero!

Yes, you read that right—”The Villain’s Guide to Being a Hero.” So, what’s that, you ask? I’ll tell you what it is. It’s the next great chapter in the Hero’s Guide saga! Admittedly, it is a relatively short chapter. Not a full novel. Just a short story. BUT! It is a true sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw and it puts the spotlight on a much beloved (or perhaps be-hated) member of the Hero’s Guide cast. Who? Well, you’ll have to read the story to find out! Or just wait long enough until someone posts a spoiler.

But, Mr. H, you ask. Where can I find this amazing new chapter in the ongoing adventures of my favorite fantasy folk? I’ll tell you where! You will find “The Villain’s Guide to Being a Hero” in Heroes & Villains, the 7th volume of Jon “Stinky Cheese Man” Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series, which comes out on April 4th! The story will be right in there along with tales by some other writerly folks you might have heard of, like Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ingrid Law, Eugene Yelchin, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Deborah Hopkinson, Cathy Camper, Raúl Gonzalez, and Lemony Snicket. Feel free to pre-order. 🙂


Contest #2 Update: We Have Winners!

So, this contest proved to be a little on the difficult side. Sorry about that. Thank you so much to everyone who took a stab at the answers… And congratulations to Marci Stevenson and Max Teff, the only two people who got them all correct! Marci and Max each have a signed book on the way. For those of you who came close and want to see what you missed, or those of you who came too late to enter and want to see if you might have stood a shot at winning, I’m moving this desk pic over to its own page—complete with the answers! So to find out just what is on my desk, click the pic below. Have fun!

Contest #3 will be coming soon. (Yes, I know I have a loose definition of the word “soon,” but I promise it will be before summer.)

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New Contest: What’s on My Desk?!

Hey, remember that contest I said was coming in November? Well, it must be November, because it’s finally here! (Actually, it’s January–please don’t mistake this for an old post and skip reading it). So…

It’s time for CONTEST #2: What’s on My Desk? Can you name every book, movie, TV show, video game, comic book, or other piece of pop culture that appears in this photo of my actual desk? (Go to the Contests page for the full story, the rules, and a much better version of the photo so you won’t have to squint so hard.)


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