December 16, 2007

Johnny Hangtime - by Dan Gutman

Normally, if a character in a book throws himself off the top of a skyscraper, it's a problem. For John Thyme (better known as stunt kid Johnny Hangtime), the main character in this action-filled story, it's just another day of work. Johnny is a 13-year old responsible for all of the wacky, dangerous stunts in Hollywood director Roland Rivers' blockbuster films. The problem? While Johnny does all the stunts, stuck-up actor and Hollywood star Ricky Corvette, sucks up all the fame. There are even bigger problems though, when Johnny is asked to do the most dangerous stunt of all, the one that his stunt-man dad died trying three years earlier. This book will have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish, not just from the fast-paced excitement of Johnny's stunts, but trying to figure out what will come next. Action fans, adrenaline junkies, movie buffs, this book is for you! While this is not Dan Gutman's most award-winning book, it is his personal favorite of all of his books, according to his website. Pick up your own copy, and you may find that it's one of your new favorites too.

Just for fun, here's an interview with Mr. Gutman, featuring questions from kids and teachers around the world.