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Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing by…

Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing

by Avi (Editor), Carolyn Shute (Editor)

Other authors: Lloyd Alexander (Contributor), Avi (Introduction), Avi (Contributor), Natalie Babbitt (Contributor), Andrew Benedict (Contributor)23 more, Marian Flandrick Bray (Contributor), Walter R. Brooks (Contributor), Paul Fleischman (Contributor), Lucretia P. Hale (Contributor), Gerald Hausman (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), Francisco Jimenez (Contributor), Margaret Mahy (Contributor), Patricia McKissack (Contributor), Lensey Namioka (Contributor), Katherine Paterson (Afterword), Richard Peck (Contributor), Martin Rafe (Contributor), Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Robert D. San Souci (Contributor), Issac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Sheila Smallwood (Book design), Frank Stockton (Contributor), Theodore Taylor (Contributor), Megan Whalen Turner (Contributor), Louis Untermeyer (Contributor), Tim Wynne-Jones (Contributor)

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Reviewed by Dianna Geers for TeensReadToo.com

In BEST SHORTS, you never know what surprise you're going to get next. Unlike many short story collections, which usually revolve around some thread of a theme, the stories Avi selected for this anthology come from all over the genre spectrum. The one thing they all have in common, however, is that they are all great little adventures you can experience without the big time commitment of an entire novel.

Readers can get freaked out by seeing what happens when Dad loses his cell phone at Auntie's funeral, travel along with some city-smart boys who try to camp out alone, and root for an entire bank who adopts a baby abandoned in the night-deposit box.

It's pretty slick how a well-written short story can suck you in; before you know it, you're reading a genre that you are sure you don't like. An interesting thing that happened to me as I read this compilation of stories is that I enjoyed stories in genres that I may never have picked up if they had been labeled. As I read these stories to my sixth-grade students, they wanted to get copies of their own. They, too, enjoyed the punch in these stories and the wide variety of styles and genres.

How can you go wrong with a book featuring stories from such authors as Richard Peck, Lloyd Alexander, Washington Irving, Theodore Taylor, and even Avi himself?

If you're looking for a sampler of authors or genres, or a few short stories to read between novels, or something to read without committing to an entire book, or you just feel like something a little different, then try BEST SHORTS on for size. It is one of those one-size-fits-all kind of collections. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
A must short story read for reluctant readers! School age/Middle School ( )
  GeorgeAtDublinCML | Dec 15, 2008 |
Teachers of middle school/junior high students will find this book highly useful for a quick read to their classes. The 23 stories range from comtemporary authors, such as Theodore Taylor and Avi, and well as revered classical authors, such as Washington Irving and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
  malitt | Nov 3, 2007 |
This was an awesome book!
You just want to read it over and over again!
It has some of the best tales, but some are a little....boring and pointless, but just two.
But others are simply magical.
You'll love it!
I highly suggest you read it. ( )
  Phantomgirl | Oct 31, 2007 |
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AviEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shute, CarolynEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alexander, LloydContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
AviIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
AviContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Babbitt, NatalieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benedict, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bray, Marian FlandrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooks, Walter R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleischman, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hale, Lucretia P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hausman, GeraldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irving, WashingtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jewett, Sarah OrneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jimenez, FranciscoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mahy, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKissack, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Namioka, LenseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paterson, KatherineAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peck, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rafe, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Raschka, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
San Souci, Robert D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singer, Issac BashevisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smallwood, SheilaBook designsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stockton, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taylor, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turner, Megan WhalenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Untermeyer, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wynne-Jones, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618476032, Hardcover)

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?

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Presents a collection of short stories featuring loyal pets, rogue waves, ghosts who use cell phones, and young people caught up in events beyond their control.

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