Friday, August 5, 2011

Stories about love and romance

I had blogged this book over at my LiveJournal account, but it sort of got lost in the hiccup. So, I am posting it again here as I do not want this book to get lost. It needs to find readers, maybe even YOU!

No cover for this anthology coming from Chronicle Books and edited by Kelly Milner Halls, GIRL MEETS BOY. The stories are in pairs from a male and a female author. Each pair tells the same story but from the other person's point of view. Kelly Milner Halls and Chris Crutcher each provide a story about a romance between an average guy and a dangerous girl. Rita Williams Garcia and Terry Truman's stories follow the budding relationship between an African American girl and a white boy. A girl setting up her brother's first date with another guy is tackled by Ellen Wittlinger and James Howe. This is a masterful collection (I love anthologies) that explores some new territory. Pair this collection up with the Nye and Janeczko poetry collection: I FEEL A LITTLE JUMPY AROUND YOU. Or show students how differing points of view can work with TWICE TOLD, a collection of pairs of stories about the same work of art. And remember that short stories are often the gateway for kids to longer works by authors. So, be sure to have novels by Crutcher, WIlliams-Garcia, Trueman, and the others on hand for readers who liked the stories these authors wrote. <304>

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