Books Summer Reading Is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith Paperback, 73 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $4.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleSummer Reading Is Killing MeAuthorJon Scieszka and Lane Smith Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children's books. Genres: Children's Books Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction Also by Jon Scieszka Battle Bunny The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Guys Write For Guys Read The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs See More Books Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Summer Reading Is Killing Me Summer Reading: Kids Excerpt: 'Summer Reading Is Killing Me!' June 14, 2005 Author Jon Scieszka is intent on producing books that are an antidote to the dusty titles that populate summer reading lists. Here, kid-lit characters come to life when a summer reading list from school is accidentally put inside a magic book.