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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061370789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061370786
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Invited by editor Laura Geringer to write about "a single night that matters"-about a character kept up all night and transformed by his or her vigil-six authors contribute six stunning stories. Varied in form and content, these entries share a confident, assured pace; the authors know how to build characters and settings, and they do not cut corners. Abrahams, for example, begins "Phase 2" as a girl describes her family's preparations for her father's homecoming from the Iraq war. At the expected hour, however, it is not the father who arrives but a lieutenant and a chaplain; the girl's mother turns white, "the color of a corpse in the movies." This dramatic but controlled setup leads to an emotionally nuanced encounter between the grieving mother and a medium, with the narrator and her younger brother crossing the most unexpected of barriers. The other stories, including Bray's '70s-era "Not Just for Breakfast Anymore," about a girl coming to terms with her father's recently announced gay identity; Patricia McCormick's "Orange Alert," in which a 15-year-old short-circuits an abusive relationship; and Gene Luen Yang's graphic-novel format "The Motherless One," featuring a chimp searching for "some small sign that... someone wanted me to exist," are equally complex and surprising. Of special interest: the publisher is sponsoring a story contest for teens. Ages 12-up.
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Review

“Superb short story collection” (ALA Booklist)

This collection will keep teens reading long into the deep, dark night. (Kirkus Reviews)

The authors’ names alone will get teens to pick up this book, but it is the writing that will impress them the most. (School Library Journal)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Stein VINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In this anthology, six phenomenal authors answer the question "What would keep you up all night?" The authors are Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Weeks, and Gene Luen Yang.

At first, I thought this book would contain personal stories from these authors, but I soon realized they were fictional short stories. My favorite of the six had to be Libba Bray's short story about a group of four friends who go to a rock concert. Libba Bray, the author of the Great and Terrible Beauty series, is an amazing author. Out of the six stories, hers was the longest and most enjoyable one for me to read.

I also enjoyed the stories by David Levithan and Patricia McCormick. David's story was a little confusing and pointless at first, but I liked the ending. Patricia's story was just plain creepy until the ending, which was hilarious. Sarah Week's story was the saddest. And the other two were okay, but nothing something I would remember for a long time.

I have to say I had my doubts about reading this book because I'm not usually a fan of anthologies. I would say that this book is only okay; it's not something I would rush out to buy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In her introduction to this fine short story collection, editor Laura Geringer says, "I hope you enjoy these unusual tales, as I have, and that whatever you select to take from them stays with you for many days and night to come, waking and dreaming."

Six great writers equal six fantastic short stories in this flawless collection of tales dealing with encounters of the world of sleepless nights. From Peter Abrahams's poignant and ghostly "Phase 2" to the zany appearance in "The Motherless One" of the monkey from Gene Luen Yang's AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, each story has a different twist for situations that people encounter as they skip sleep and struggle through the night.

Libba Bray, author of A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, offers "Not Just for Breakfast Anymore." Teenager Maggie is trying to adjust to her parents' divorce. But it's not just the divorce --- it's her mother's endless empty chatter and her father's new lifestyle. She can never share with her friends that her father is gay and actually living with his partner. Her shame and confusion are drowned out for a short while one night when she and friends Diane, Justine and Holly go out to see a band. The band never shows and they all get a little drunk, find themselves in some potentially dangerous situations and, ultimately, end up at her father's condo. Seeing her father in a different light and knowing that, despite all the pain, she has a safe haven where she and her friends can be themselves, turns out to be a revelation. It is a night of growing up for Maggie.

Patricia McCormick, noted author of CUT and SOLD, presents "Orange Alert," the story of a young girl trying to deal with a stepfather who is getting too familiar with her. She spends her nights giving herself driving lessons.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very difficult book to classify. There are some supernatural elements, but it is not a supernatural book. There are a few love stories, horror stories, stories of family, stories of life, but it doesn't fall into just one category.

The book also doesn't easily fall into a book I liked or a book I disliked because of the wide variety or authors and styles. I defiantly enjoyed Libba Bray's story "It's Not Just for Breakfast Anymore" the most, as I felt it had a powerful message and was beautifully written. Sarah Weeks short story "Superman Is Dead" was also a stand-out in the anthology.

I did not, however, think Peter Abrahams' story was all that great. Nor did I really get David Levithan's story, which was surprising because I usually love his work. Though I was entertained by Gene Luen Yang short comic, my first exposure to any of his work, I don't think it (or Patricia McCormick's short story) was very memorable.

Overall, it was worth the read but nothing terribly special. An interesting combination of styles, themes and stories that won't really keep you up all night reading.
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