In a starred review of this anthology of stories about growing up, PW wrote, "Fans of all ages will savor these perceptively chosen, affectingly disclosed episodes from the lives of their favorite writers." The writers include Mary Pope Osborne, Katherine Paterson, Avi, Walter Dean Myers and Francesca Lia Block. Ages 9-14.
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Grade 5 Up?Ehrlich asked 10 children's book authors to contribute a story based on their childhoods. The result is a fascinating glimpse into a variety of times, places, plots, and people. Some of the selections are funny, some sad, some a mixture, but they all express feelings and describe situations that young people can identify with?whether it is Laurence Yep's discovery that his father really loved him for himself or Walter Dean Myers's friends trying to get even with the adults who spoiled their fun, or Mary Pope Osborne's revelation of how she held on to a deflated rubber ball, a gift from her soldier father, until he returned safely from the war in Korea. Each story is followed by a note from the author that explains to what degree the incidents are true and why the piece was submitted. The writing is of such high caliber that all the stories sound true and readers are sure to believe that the incidences described really happened. It is a disappointment then, to learn that a particular story, or part of it, is fiction. A picture of the author as a child precedes each entry. The selections are so varied and so well written that children will find at least one they would enjoy reading. Librarians will have to encourage their students not to judge this book by its dull cover, but to open it so they can be entertained by 10 master storytellers.?Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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I loved this book for my 5th grade memoir unit! Great condition and a quality text to help teach memoir!Published 16 months ago by J. Hansen
I read this book for school. Some of the stories were highly interesting, but some of them were really sad. In one of them, a boy finds a kitten and in the end, it dies. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011