Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mock Printz: Click by Scholastic, et. al.

Title: Click
Author: Scholastic, et. al.
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN-13: 978-0-439-41138-7
Starred review in: VOYA

Review: As a huge fan of short stories I was delighted to see this offering of ten stories that center on a single person. George "Gee" Keane traveled the world and took photographs of the people and places that shaped what the world is today, from Muhammed Ali to Japanese soldiers who fought in WWII. Ten authors contributed stories about Gee and his legacy: David Almond (winner of one Printz Award and an honor), Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan (Printz honor), Gregory Maguire, Ruth Ozeki, Linda Sue Park (Newbery Award winner) and Tim Wynne-Jones. The stories span decades and the styles range from fantastic and lyrical (David Almond's) to funny yet bittersweet (Roddy Doyle's). Often in an anthology some stories are weaker than others, but this is one of the few where every story is an outstanding, worthwhile, literary read. It's not for every teen, but to be fair, no book is. This is a great addition to the "literary" side of YA, something that can be discussed and remembered.

Review by: Carlie, BCCLS

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Very excited about the conceit of this book, and the potential it offers to both YA readers and YA writers. Fascinating to see how clearly the writing styles of these fabulous authors present themselves in this book. The subject matter is also timely and compelling. Looking forward to a book discussion of this fantastic read!