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Title:
Best shorts : favorite short stories for sharing
Author:
Avi, 1937-
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Physical Description:
ix, 342 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Rogue wave / by Theodore Taylor -- The caller / by Robert D. San Souci -- Scout's honor / by Avi -- The dog of Pompeii / by Louis Untermeyer -- LAFFF / by Lensey Namioka -- Rip Van Winkle / by Washington Irving -- Nuts / by Natalie Babbitt -- Flight of the swan / by Marian Flandrick Bray -- Ho-ichi the Earless / by Rafe Martin -- The lady who put salt in her coffee / by Lucretia P. Hale -- The town cats / by Lloyd Alexander -- Zlateh the goat / by Isaac Bashevis Singer -- To starch a spook / by Andrew Benedict -- The night of the pomegranate / by Tim Wynne-Jones -- The librarian and the robbers / by Margaret Mahy -- The woman in the snow / by Patricia McKissack -- The binnacle boy / by Paul Fleischman -- The baby in the night deposit box / by Megan Whalen Turner -- The circuit / by Francisco Jiménez -- The Widow Carey's chickens / by Gerald Hausman -- The special powers of Blossom Culp / by Richard Peck -- A white heron / by Sarah Orne Jewett -- Jimmy takes vanishing lessons / by Walter R. Brooks -- The lady or the tiger? / by Frank Stockton.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 13.0 110336.
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780618476039
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Newbery Medal-winning author Avi has selected short stories from the past and present in this entertaining collection for young readers. And whether you begin by reading alone or reading aloud, these stories are some of the very best to share.

Featuring loyal pets, rogue waves, ghosts who use cell phones, and young people caught up in events beyond their control, these stories are written by some of the most entertaining and esteemed authors of children's literature. They will have you savoring a quiet moment by yourself, talking during dinnertime with your family, and laughing in class with your friends.

Though it may take only a few minutes to read, a terrific short story can take you on a long journey. Are you ready for the trip?


Author Notes

Katherine Paterson's international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award,and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2010-2011.Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance ( www.thencbla.org ), which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA's innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts. She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (www.usbby.org ) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org ).She and her husband, John, live in Montpelier, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visitwww.terabithia.com .
Chris Raschka, writer, illustrator and trained violist is one of the country's top children's book talents. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993 while his Hello Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2005 . This is Chris's first picture book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children."


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Unlike most collections, there is no integrating theme in the 24 short stories included here-just fine writing, cultural diversity, and timeless creativity. With such strong writers as Richard Peck, Natalie Babbitt, Lloyd Alexander, and Rafe Martin, one would expect nothing less. Strategic placement of genres sustains reader interest. Animals as heroes, time machines as homework helpers, along with Washington Irving's timeless classic "Rip Van Winkle" and Frank Stockton's highly provocative "The Lady or the Tiger?" offer many powerful, instantly engaging choices, especially appealing to reluctant readers. Scatterings of the supernatural appear throughout, such as in Patricia McKissack's "The Woman in White," in which a desperate ghost propels readers into the injustices of the pre-Civil Rights era. Others are sure to elicit a shiver, like Robert San Souci's "The Caller." Brief biographical sketches of the contributors are included. Katherine Paterson offers a persuasive afterword in favor of sharing, discussing, and reading these selections aloud as well as exhorting the dire need for more quality writing in short fiction.-D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.