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UP ALL NIGHT; A Short Story Collection

Author: Peter Abrahams, et al

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Publisher: Laura Geringer Books, HarperTeen, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publshers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This collection of short stories is about what happens at night. They cover anything from asking someone "What's up?" and meaning it to going to a rock concert. Young Adult authors each tell a story about something that happens after dark.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 4.6

Age of Child: Read by high school student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: These are interesting and entertaining stories and great for high school students. I really liked it because each of the stories was different. I picked the book because it was written by some of my favorite authors (Libba Bray, David Levithan), so that helped. There is something to learn in each of the stories (but I'm not telling what they are).

Adult Reader Reaction: We liked that the stories were not just variations on a theme. They covered all kinds of ground. Although you might be tempted to read them all in one sitting, it was actually more fun to read one at a time because there is so much detail that you feel like you are part of the "experience."

Pros: The stories are short but full of detail and imagery. Teens will recognize the authors they enjoy ... and be introduced to a genre they don't usually read.

Cons: Some of the stories you have to read more than once to understand.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a good book: it's easy to read and the stories are fun.

If You Liked This Book, Try: 21 Poems, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Boy Meets Boy ANY POSSIBLE OUTCOME: A BOOK OF URBAN TALES   A GIFT OF TWO SILVER PISTOLS   RIBBONS OF LIGHT; STORIES, POEMS, AND A PLAY OR TWO, FOR THE YOUNG, THE OLDER, OR JUST ME AND YOU

Educational Themes: Teachers could use this book to talk about writing or short stories, but it is mostly a collection of thoughtful stories to enjoy.

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - short stories, anthology, young adult, ghost story, fantasy

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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