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When I Was Your Age, Volume One: Original Stories About Growing Up Hardcover – March 7, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Some of the entries in this memorable anthology are hauntingly sad and several are sharply witty; every single one is expertly crafted and engrossing. In response to Ehrlich's request for an autobiographical story, 10 accomplished children's authors have contributed original pieces that underscore both the diversity and timelessness of youth and adolescence. Sibling rapports and rivalries, feeling alone, and the fervent quest for parental approval and peer acceptance are common threads here. Mary Pope Osborne describes her uncommon attachment to a rubber ball, a gift from her father on the eve of his departure for post-war Korea. Avi humorously recounts his attempt to save face during a rain-drenched camping trip with two friends. In two of the collection's hardest-hitting tales, Susan Cooper shows how World War II invades the already beleaguered life of a British schoolgirl; and Francesca Lia Block describes a sensitive girl coping with her mother's desertion. Each contributor follows up his or her story with a brief but enlightening commentary. Fans of all ages will savor these perceptively chosen, affectingly disclosed episodes from the lives of favorite writers. Ages 9-14.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top customer reviews
Pre-teenage can be such an awkward time; these tales can be healing/instructive to those in this time of life. The authors all have written beautiful stories which really should not be missed. And, as an extra special "gift" to the reader, each story is followed by a one-page explanation/note written by the tale's author. It's a relief to realize that each author not only survived growing up, but also flourished. And I loved being allowed to share private memories of these marvelous authors.
As a great fan of Katherine Paterson, I was especially touched by her story, which involved her older, prettier sister. Perhaps even more revealing, however, is the note she wrote to accompany this story. I am sure that the feelings here expressed were the souce of her poignantly beautiful novel "Jacob Have I Loved." (Great for girls age 12 and up.)
This book also provided an introduction (at least for me) to several authors with whom I was not familiar; I look forward to reading more by them.
I am a 40-something, well-educated mom. I bought this book for my own family, but I will be purchasing more copies to give as gifts. And I look forward to the sequel to this book, already in print!
By: Mary Pope Osborn ~ Laurence Yep ~ James Howe ~ Kathrine Paterson ~
Walter Dean Myers ~ Susan Cooper ~ Nicholasa Mohr ~ Reeve Lindbergh ~ Avi
~ Francesca Lia Block ~ Edited by Amy Ehrlich
When I Was Your Age is a big bunch of true, short stories by different
authors who write a lot of books. Each story has its own plot, beginning,
middle and end, most of which are very exciting or sad in a weird kind of
way. In one story, there is little girl in the second World War who is
being bullied by a big meanie. Then the girl finds a friend who is an old
lady who has a dog. The old lady is very nice and sticks up for her at
school but soon there is an air raid and the inexplicable happens. In
another story, there is a boy whose father had been a pioneer in the late
20's and 30's and currently owns a plane. The story really starts when the
engine stops and the boy and his father plummet to the ground. The father
tells the boy to put his head between his legs as they come in for a crash
landing. Do they survive? It's up to you to read and find out.
The book is for anybody(probably 3rd and up) and is really fun to read.
It is historical short stories and I really like it because it tells a
lot about the lives people lived a long time ago and has a big
varieties. I hope you read it because it's a really good book. If you
like it, you might like the second book in the series When I Was Your
Age Volume2. by Dylan