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25 January 2008 @ 07:10 pm
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The cover will have to wait until I am home and can scan it. Amazon and Titlewave do not have the image available yet. This is one of the ARCs sent to me from HarperCollins. UP ALL NIGHT is a collection of six short stories by noted authors including Libba Bray, David Levithan, and Patricia McCormick. Not your usual fare here, folks. Gene Yang's story, in graphic format, is about the motherless monkey and his search for his place of birth. Libba Bray gives us a group of girls out for the night to a Cheap Trick concert (shades of the 80s), Levithan's story, "The Vulnerable Hours," is about how searching for something elusive. They are all quirky, unexpected, quick glimpses into lives that will go on after the story ends and we withdraw back into ourselves.

My continuing concern about story collections is that they tend to die once they hit library shelves and are stored in the SC collection. They need to be hand delivered to teachers who might read one or more aloud to classes or even, heaven forbid, used instead of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME in a classroom. I personally adore story collections as they are perfect for those times when I do not have a great deal of time. I can pick up the book, read one story, put the book down. When I come back to it later, I do not have to back track to remind myself of where I left off. I wonder if we can sell this approach to kids as well? And how about asking them to select 1 or 2 to read and not the entire collection (I am too anal retentive for this personally) and let other readers pick other titles?

Ramblings from one tired traveler who plans to opn another book before crashing tonight.
Current Location: South Texas
Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
thunderchikin on January 26th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Amen, Sister Nana. Stories were my favorite teaching tool. Quick, compact, perfect for matching kids' interests. Easy to discuss. Why they aren't used more, I can't fathom.
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Baseball bat
Hello there!
I stumbled upon your site today from E. Lockhart's blog, and I think the "I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to beat you in the name of grammar" is one of the funniest pictures I've ever seen. I was going to upload it to my blog as well, but wanted to make sure I had permission first.
P.S. I definitely agree about the short story collections. People should read more of them. :-D
professornana: devil danceprofessornana on January 26th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Baseball bat
go ahead and use it. i gacked it from someone else.

David Lubardavidlubar on January 26th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
It's so good to have some articulate advocates behind anthologies and collections. Thanks you for continuing to spread the word. I know from my own experience in schools that kids love good collections, and teachers use them in all sorts of ways to inspire reading. I'm really hoping that Don Gallo's latest gets a lot of attention. (I'm biased, of course. But I have nothing to gain financially, since contributors don't get a share of the royalties for this book.) I hate it when I hear that blanket statement, "Kids don't like short stories."