From School Library Journal
Grade 5-10-To benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Paulsen has assembled a stellar lineup of children's and young adult authors to contribute original short stories in which books change lives. Paulsen's emotional introduction explains how books turned his life around for the better. It is an excellent preface to a diverse, entertaining collection. Jennifer L. Holm's intriguing "Follow the Water" features the first teenager on Mars, who compares her life on the Martian colony to the description of the Red Planet from an old science-fiction novel. In "Barcarole for Paper and Bones," M. T. Anderson created an intricate mystery about the written records of a deserted ship. Joan Bauer, Marion Dane Bauer, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Kathleen Karr, A. LaFaye, Gregory Maguire, and Ellen Wittinger also contributed stories that display a wide range of emotions in a variety of genres. There is a selection in this collection that will appeal to almost every reading taste.Edward Sullivan, White Pine School, TN
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Gr. 4-7. In this collection assembled to benefit literacy, Gary Paulsen brings together 10 stories by fine writers for young people, with books playing a central role in some stories, and a tangential role in others. Ellen Wittlinger's "Wet Hens" revolves around a well-known children's book, Roxaboxen
. Other books will be less well known among the target reading audience, but children will find humor, pathos, magic, intrigue, and sf in stories by Ellen Conford, Joan Bauer, Margaret Peterson Haddix, M. T. Anderson, and more. The looseness of the theme results in a variety that offers something for most readers. Although it's a shame that the book opens with a dry foreword, and that Paulsen himself doesn't contribute a story, libraries looking for short-story collections will find this a solid addition. Kathleen OdeanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved