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One Death, Nine Stories Hardcover – August 26, 2014

3.3 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Kevin Nicholas, a popular high school football player, has committed suicide, though readers don't know that at first. In fact, through nine stories, each told by a different author and from a different point of view, readers come to know only a little about Kevin himself. Instead, readers observe the reactions of Kevin's sister, his best friends, people who barely knew him, even of the funeral home workers who handles his body. The death of a teenager, especially by his own hand, can be impossible to understand, but lives don't stop just because one life did. Each chapter deals with the process of initiation, acceptance, growing up, and moving on even in the face of death. The authors included are all well-known young adult writers, such as Ellen Hopkins, Rita Williams-Garcia, and A. S. King, and it is clear that they know and understand their audience. Despite the differing perspectives and characters, the writing is remarkably consistent in tone. The vignette feel of each section may appeal to reluctant readers who can manage a narrative in small chunks without losing the arc of the story itself. More enthusiastic readers will devour it whole. Keep it in mind as bibliotherapy, should the unfortunate need arise, or as a springboard for journaling or creative writing.—Katherine Koenig, The Ellis School, PA

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The authors included are all well-known young adult writers, such as Ellen Hopkins, Rita Williams-Garcia, and A. S. King, and it is clear that they know and understand their audience. Despite the differing perspectives and characters, the writing is remarkably consistent in tone. The vignette feel of each section may appeal to reluctant readers who can manage a narrative in small chunks without losing the arc of the story itself. More enthusiastic readers will devour it whole.
—School Library Journal

[The characters'] experiences are sensitively portrayed, and they struggle with very real issues of ethnic and sexual identity. ... Complex and emotionally demanding, this collection aims for and will resonate with serious readers of realistic fiction.
—Kirkus Reviews

Rita Williams-Garcia’s fantastic opener introduces Morris, a blank-minded boy working at his uncle’s mortuary the day Kevin’s corpse arrives. Both Ellen Hopkins and A. S. King look at sexual and romantic relationships; Torrey Maldonado examines one of the young men in Kevin’s thrall; and so on. ... Fascinating.
—Booklist

The talents of the writers, including Rita Garcia-Williams, Ellen Hopkins, A. S. King, Will Weaver, and Nora Raleigh Baskin, keep the stories consistently moving and authentically voiced... Useful as a model for a group creative-writing exercise, this would also make for therapeutic reading and discussion in the aftermath of a tragedy.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

There are plenty of dots to connect and introspection from adolescents on the precipice of something new and unknown.
—Publishers Weekly

Product details

  • Grade level : 9 - 12
  • Lexile measure : HL720L
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Hardcover : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0763652857
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0763652852
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.5 x 8.59 inches
  • Publisher : Candlewick (August 26, 2014)
  • Reading level : 14 - 17 years
  • Language: : English
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