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Flying Lessons & Other Stories Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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Gr 4–6—This anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, presents 10 short stories from a stellar list of authors: Kwame Alexander, Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, Soman Chainani, Grace Lin, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Federle, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, and Kelly Baptist. De la Peña's linguistically grooving basketball story will have readers swaying in their seats. Verbal roadblocks are hurled at the protagonist from the street-smart players inside the gym: he's too young, too skinny, too Mexican. His resolve yields multiple life lessons on and off the court. Woodson's haunting "Main Street" follows Celeste, the only girl of color in an all-white New Hampshire town, and her friendship with lifetime resident Treetop. Both are suffering from different losses: Treetop's mother has recently passed away, and Celeste isn't accepted in her new home. Their warm connection soothes their mutual pain and promises to last even after Celeste and her mother decide to return to familiar and welcoming New York. Each tale offers realistic and fully developed characters with whom a wide range of readers will identify. VERDICT Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms.—Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA
"...there’s plenty of magic in this collection to go around." — Booklist, starred review
"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers." — Kirkus, starred review
"Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms." — School Library Journal, starred review
"Thought provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed." —
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Whether or not middle-schoolers read the afterword, however, they are sure to agree that they need to read more books by these authors, whose storytelling styles and genuine feel for adolescent struggles and triumphs will inspire them to seek out their other work," Bulletin starred review
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I've read a few selections aloud with 5th graders and have handed it to Jr. High & Hight School students to read on their own.
To have all of these amazing authors in one book is a true gift!
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This is one of those books you will read and will not forget the ideas and lessons you read along the way.Read more