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Shelf Life: Stories by the Book

by Gary Paulsen (Editor)

Other authors: MT Anderson (Contributor), Joan Bauer (Contributor), Marion Dane Bauer (Contributor), Ellen Conford (Contributor), Margaret Peterson Haddix (Contributor)6 more, Jennifer L. Holm (Contributor), Kathleen Karr (Contributor), A. LaFaye (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Contributor), Robert Wedgeworth (Foreword), Ellen Wittlinger (Contributor)

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Some quite moving short stories, almost all with reading involved in one way or another. Pro-literacy charity profits. I have a hard time imagining anyone being against literacy but then it's probably an issue of other activities having higher priorities probably due to poverty or budgets. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
As always, an anthology is difficult to rate. This anthology is centered around the idea of books (naturally), but some of them were so tentatively tied to that idea that I wonder they were included at all. Though there was nothing wrong with the stories themselves, it made the overall theme less impressive, particularly when put against such gems as Gregory Maguire's fantastic, "Tea Party Ends in Bloody Massacre, Film at 11", which tells the story of a little girl who hides her love for somewhat trashy horror fiction in order to win over a pair of snooty, prim ladies her mother wants to impress.

The other stand-out from the collection was "Barcarole for Paper and Bones" by M.T. Anderson, an author I wasn't familiar with before. The story is a haunting story of a ship afloat at sea with only one person who knows the truth of what happened.

Unfortunately, those were the two that stood out most in my mind, the rest - even those by authors who I know and love - were almost forgettable. One thing was that this was a very short book, and the stories in it were often no more than five or six pages. While there are some authors who work well within such tight constraints, the authors featured were probably not the best choices.

Still, it is for a good cause - promoting adult literacy - and for those two stories alone by Maguire and Anderson, it's definitely worth a read. ( )
  kittyjay | Apr 23, 2015 |
selected short stories from one of America's greatest living authors; Gary Paulsen. Various genres and themes make it a great read for all tastes. ( )
  GeorgeAtDublinCML | Aug 23, 2008 |
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Paulsen, GaryEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, MTContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauer, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauer, Marion DaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conford, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haddix, Margaret PetersonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holm, Jennifer L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Karr, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaFaye, A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wedgeworth, RobertForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wittlinger, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689841809, Hardcover)

Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen has long been an ardent supporter of books, reading, and literacy programs. To further the cause of ProLiteracy Worldwide, he asked prominent authors to write an original story; the only restriction was that each story was to include mention of a book. The result is this collection, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book. From Jennifer L. Holm's story of a girl on Mars trying desperately to return to Earth to Gregory Maguire's domestic intrigue; from Kathleen Karr's story of a thief in turn-of-the-century Chicago to M. T. Anderson's mysterious shipboard adventure; from A. LaFaye's tale of magical wonderment to Marion Dane Bauer's story of doing good, this volume provides a full range of reading for every taste. Other authors featured here are Joan Bauer, Ellen Conford, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Ellen Wittlinger.

Sales of this book benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, an international network with more than 1,400 programs in the United States and 79 partner programs abroad, whose mission is to change lives through literacy.

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Ten short stories in which the lives of young people in different circumstances are changed by their encounters with books.

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