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Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (July 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440977576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440977575
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here are sixteen representative stories for the eighties, written especially for this collection by today's best-known writers for teenagers. Their impressions radiate through an emotional prism of hope and hate, love and death, despair and joy, in a diverse yet strikingly unified collection.

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Here are sixteen representative stories for the  eighties, written especially for this collection by  today's best-known writers for teenagers. Their  impressions radiate through an emotional prism of  hope and hate, love and death, despair and joy, in a  diverse yet strikingly unified collection.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a middle school English teacher, I am always interested in finding short stories that can be used as a part of curriculum while being interesting to teenagers. Sixteen is designed around "themes" which fits in nicely with today's teaching methods. Not only are they interesting and thought-provoking, the stories also make it easy to teach literary elements/techniques
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheBloggart on June 11, 2012
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Not only are these stories lackluster, they (specifically those in the "Love" section) make explicit references to sex. Yet these stories are being targeted to preteens. Not only that, some of the stories are incredibly misogynistic, and do not present a positive images of teenagers. I'd point to the story "Turmoil in a Beige and Blue Room"- or some pretentious title similar to that) in which a teenage girl rambles on about boys, how important it is to be with a boy, and so on and so on. This is stereotypical, and the story doesn't give the reader much to think about- just strings and strings of negative stereotypes.

Then there is another story about a soldier and a woman having sex, in which she explicitly states that she will have sex with him "just for him," as if she's making a sacrifice of some sort. Again, these stories are for middle school students/young adults, yet they present backwards and negative attitudes toward women, teenagers, and sex.

Save yourself the time, and read anything else. I hear there's a certain well-known book series about Chicken Soup that is pretty positive and does the job right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Sahlin Jr. on September 15, 2011
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Truly awful stories in this collection. I use a couple of them, "May I Have Your Autograph?" (a rock star who dresses like a cat! Kids will LOVE that!) and "Midnight Snack" (unicorns in the subway! Kids will LOVE that!), with my middle school students as examples of writing that just plain doesn't work. They're good for a laugh, at least.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2003
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This is going to be short, but sweet. This book was by far one of the most bothersome collections of short stories I have had the misfortune to come across. With authors such as Robert Lipsyte, Diane Duane, and Richard Peck, this is hardly what I would call a "selection of great work from great writers." For that matter, It isn't a collection of anything but chronologically trapped short stories featuring such characters as "Craig the Cat" the rock-star who dressed like a cat and held a bottle of spilling milk while posing atop a garbage can for magazine shoots. The biggest problem with this book is that the stories are oriented for pre-teens but to find any value or worthwhile messages in the book, you would have to be at least sixteen. Oh the sweet irony. As a young teenager, I feel that this book was a complete was of time. G'day.
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