PH Guys Read Has Taken Flight

Hello Readers

It seem like it’s been a long, cold lonely summer.  Just kidding it’s been really hot here and over the past few weeks some really cool things have happened to Mr. H and his mission to gets guys reading.

First Mr. H moved middle schools over the summer. He still works on that silly year round calendar, but now he does it from a lot closer to his house.  Right away he wanted to get Guys Read club up and running at the new school, and now every Wednesday 19 eager guys show up to his classroom and talk books, reading, crazy challenges and most times eat snacks.

Take a look at a few of the things we have gotten into the first few weeks of school…

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Not only have had some great fun at school, Mr. H was lucky enough to meet a few of his literary heroes when Mac Barnett and Adam Rex came to visit our local indie bookshop. They were awesome.

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Now any Guys Read club that Mr. H is attached to will promoted the silliness of reading challenges that come from the book we are currently attacking.  That book right now is The Terrible Two by the aforementioned Mac Barnett, and a few othe guys.  We did some fun reading challenges around this book and its sequel at my old school, so because of Mr. Barnett’s visit we decided to start with it at the new PH Guys Read.

So the reading challenges have begun, at our latest meeting we found out the Eastern Gray Squirrel can jump 10 times its own body length, so of course we wanted to see how many body lengths we could jump.

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As you can see we brought the slow motion camera.

So in the end our best jumper did about twelve and a half feet, which was almost three times his body length… Impressive!

Now check back in from time to time as we continue to go crazy around books and reading.

Read on,

Mr. H

Do Pilots Read?

Hello Readers,

So as of the first of July I am officially a Pilot from Pine Hollow Middle School.  PHMS will be a multi-track year round school and I can’t wait to see what sort of readers fill up the Pine Hollow Community.


If you are interested in seeing some of the reading activities I have done in the past, please feel free to poke around the archives here on the HutchinsonReads blog.

As soon as I track in and I have had a chance to meet some students we will talk about getting a few book clubs going here at Pine Hollow.

Until then…

Read On,

Mr. H

We Celebrate…

Hello Readers,

Today is close to the end of our school year and marks the end of the 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read’s year.  We will be having one more Imaginary Obstacle Course Run on Monday.

To celebrate the end of our school year I produced a creepy squirrel pinata based on our work with squirrels from last year.

So we pulled out the cricket bat, hung up the squirrel and let our guyness take over!

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The lads in the 7th/8th Grade Chapter also got in on the Creepy Squirrel Pinata fun.

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… and we got some video…

We hope you have enjoyed the reading year, don’t take a reading holiday over the summer!

Read on,

Mr. H

The Imaginary Obstacle Course

Hello Readers,

As our school year winds down we needed to look for books that we could dive into with just a few meetings left, in other words something short or something fun.  As I wandered the public library I came across something fun in Bart’s King-Sized Book of Fun by none other than Bart King.

In the book of fun Mr. King explores the fun of setting up obstacle courses, but also talks about the time and expense of said courses, and offers a simpler alternative… The Imaginary Obstacle Course.  Simple enough, just find a location, preferably with an audience and make up a course.  Just perfect for Guys Read.

So take a look at our first few attempts at our Imaginary Obstacle Course.

So the plan is to have Guys Read members attack the course during lunch for the next 8 days of school.  The six best runners will win a Guys Read shirt designed by GR friend Tom Angleberger!

Check back soon to see a few more attempts.

Read on,

Mr. H

More Attempts…

Attack of the Bostitich SuperPro 6…. The Reviews

Hello Readers,

Yesterday we premiered our short horror film, Attack of the Bostitich SuperPro 6 to rave reviews.


“I rate the movie 5 stars, I will tell my brother not to call our pencil sharpener stupid.”


“I loved how the pencil sharpener rolled out into the hall using a wheeled chair, and you could see someone pushing it.”


“The janitor needed to talk louder.”


“I loved this movie because it really made me laugh and the blood and props were extremely realistic! I honestly don’t even wanna use a pencil sharpener again.  Thanks a lot, Guys Read.  I’m using a mechanical pencil for the rest of my life!”


“The saxophone guy was very good at playing the saxophone.”


“This was one of the best horror movies I’ve ever seen, considering this is the only horror movie I’ve ever seen.”


“Plot twists happen every second, I didn’t expect people to die.”

-Jaden, from the New Jaden Times

“This movie should win an Oscar! I would watch it again.”


“I was really funny, creative, and once you watch it, you then want to watch it again.”


4.9999999999999 out of 5 Stars (just kidding, 5 out of 5 stars)


“This movie was the best I’ve seen!  It was a great horror/comedy, YOU SHOULD MAKE ANOTHER MOVIE!”


“I thought it was very funny.  I like the blood and pencil, it looked very realistic.”


“The acting was bad, but it was funny, so yeah…..”


“This was hilarious!!! Good job acting and stuff.  It was very scary and it gave me chills/ goosebumps.”


“Saaaafffttty Fiiirrrssst!!!”




Attack of the Bostitich SuperPro 6

Hello Readers,

On this Monday the 13th, the slightly less creepy litter brother of Friday the 13th, the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read proudly presents…

It was a lot of fun coming up with the script and then filming and editing this little masterpiece, which was all inspired by a character in Donna Gephart’s story, Death by Toilet Paper.  You really should check out Death by Toilet Paper for some good summer reading.

We would really like to hear what you thought of our horror film.  Think about hitting that comment button and giving us some feedback.  What was your favorite part?  Will you ever use an electric pencil sharpener again?  Let us know.

As always

Read on,

Mr. H




Slacker Lifestyle… So Who Won?

Hello Readers,

So you probably know that the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read have been reading and talking about Slacker by Gordon Korman.  To go along with Cameron Boxer’s gamer lifestyle we created a video game tournament and played some classic arcade games.

The games lasted over the course of many Friday lunch meetings, and we are now ready to reveal the Slacker Lifestyle Gamer Champion…

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I really have no idea how I won this stupid challenge, I don’t even really like video games.

Now, the story that Mr. Korman wrote is not just about video games, but also about how Cameron Boxer tries to hide his gaming behind good deeds.

We decided we needed to hide our gaming behind a little service project, so for the next two weeks the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read will be cleaning the lunch room!

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Now go grab a copy of Slacker and get your read on.  Then you can get your gamer lifestyle back on.  :)

Read on,

Mr. H


Slacker Lifestyle

Hello Readers,

Things are getting very exciting over at the 6th Grade Chapter of SMS Guys Read.

We have been talking about Gordon Korman’s latest middle grade masterpiece… Slacker.  If you love Gordon Korman already, and really what middle grade reader doesn’t, you probably already have this book read or in your sights.  For everyone else, please go grab a copy and enjoy this silly book about a baked ziti emergency, video gamer lifestyle, service projects, the death of main street America, loss of animal habitat, and student jealousy.  If that sounds a little heavy, don’t worry mostly its about gaming.

So we created a reading challenge to honor the gaming lifestyle that Slacker’s main character, Cameron so loves.

Take a look….

We have only completed four matches of the first round, so check back as we complete those final eight matches.

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I think Cameron would be very proud of our chair’s butt mark after round one!


Read on,

Mr. H


So we have been working on the next rounds of our Slacker Gamer Challenge.  Most of the lads have now been eliminated and only two are left standing…

Mr. H and Drew

Monday we find out who truly lives the Gamer Lifestyle!

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Next Meetings

Hello Readers,

So, it has been quite a while since we last had a post, thanks to our spring break.  Well, we are back, but meetings will not start right away.  I, unfortunately have meetings over the next two Tuesdays, so Inklings will meet on May 10 and the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of Guys Read will meet May 17.

I have been coming up with next reads and reading challenges for both Inklings and Guys Read and I’m pretty excited about what we will finish this year with.

Inklings will be looking at Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.  This gonzo short story will help us write a short story and then binge on cereal and milk on our last meeting.

Guys Read will finish our epic horror movie, which is nearly finished, and release it to the wide world.  I can’t wait for Donna Gephart to see our work, based on characters in her story, Death by Toilet Paper.  Once Guys Read is finished with their movie they will be looking at a collection of short stories called, Been There, Done That.  This will lead us to a final reading and writing project to finish out the year.

So keep reading and I will see you in a few weeks.

Read on,

Mr. H

Final Inklings Meetings…

May 10, 24

June 7, 21

7th/8th Grade Guys Read final meetings…

May 17, 31

June 14, 28