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Amore by Laura Wolf
Andromeda on the Street of Ducklings by Judi Hendricks
Another Dawn by Sandra Brown
Another Perfect Day by Steven Popkes
Bad Manners by Chris Manby
The Bamboo Confessions by Lauren Weisberger
Bounty by Rand B. Lee
Busy Horsies by John Schindel and Casi Lark
"But Wait! There's More!" by Richard Mueller
Childrun by Marc Laidlaw
Church of the Dog by Kaya McLaren
Click edited by Arthur Levine
Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James
A Day in the Life of my Great Brit Book Tour by Adriana Trigiani
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
The Dinosaur Train by James L. Cambrias
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
El Tigre by John H. Manhold
Five by Julianna Baggott
Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallnan
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
A Grave Mistake by Stella Cameron
The Great Waldo Search by Martin Handfold
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I Know a Woman by Quinn Dalton
Leaving a Light On by Claire LaZebnik
Lifetime Loser by James Ross
Moving Day by Cindy Chupack
An Open Letter to Earth by Scott Dalrymple
Persistence of Memory by J. M. Snyder
Poison Victory by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Political Prisoner by Charles Coleman Finlay
Pump Six by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Regent's Knight by J. M. Snyder
Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace
Simplexity by Jeffrey Kluger
Smoky the Baby Goat by Mary Elting Folsom and Veronica Reed
There's a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton and Stella Blackstone
The Truth About Nigel by Jennifer Weiner
The Two-Month Itch by Sarah Mlynowski
Voodoo Dolls, C-Cups and Eminem by Melissa Senate
Yoga Babe by Lauren Henderson

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Comments for Click

ClickClick: 08/09/08

Reading Click: One Novel Ten Authors is easier than writing a review about it. This ten chapter young adult novel has ten chapters each written by a different well-known author. The chapters could just as easily stand alone as short stories except that they all build on each other.

The novel , the brain child of Arthur Levine, is centered around the life and legacy of photographer George "Gee" Keane. After his death, his granddaughter, Maggie receives a box containing seven sea shells with the instructions: "Throw them all back." Her brother, Jason is given a collection of photographs, including one of Mohamed Ali, and a camera. Those gifts go on to influence the rest of their lives.

Some of the chapters are flashbacks to Gee's life. There is one set in Japan after the war, and one in Ireland that explains how Gee got Ali's photograph. As a side detail, there is also a chilling view of the future after the seas have risen.

Although the book flows well together and there are surprisingly few loose ends for a book written by so many authors, one can still the individual authors' personalities shining through. My favorite chapters were the first one by Linda Sue Park, Vincent by Roddy Doyle and Afela by Margo Lanagan.

Click is one of those rare books where I wished for more when it ended. It was just the right mix of easy to read and though provoking. I finished the book a week ago and I am still actively thinking about it.

The entire chapter list by author is:

  1. Maggie by Linda Sue Park
  2. Annie by David Almond
  3. Jason by Eoin Colfer
  4. Lev by Deborah Ellis
  5. Maggie by Nick Hornby
  6. Vincent by Roddy Doyle
  7. Min by Tim Wynn-Jones
  8. Jiro by Ruth Ozeki
  9. Afela by Margo Lanagan
  10. Margaret by Gregory Maguire

To learn more about the book, please see the Arthur Levine website and the interview on NPR.

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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 10, 2008 at 06:26:51

Rhinoa

I really want to find time to read this soon. It has lots of authors I like and sounds like a really intersting concept. "



Comment #2: Sunday, August, 10, 2008, at 20:09:15

Pussreboots

It's also an interesting story, well worth reading."



Comment #3: Sunday, August, 10, 2008 at 18:11:10

Lucky Girl
"This sounds like a terrific book--I've just added it to my reading list. Thanks!"



Comment #4: Sunday, August, 10, 2008, at 20:13:01

Pussreboots

Yay! Happy reading. Thanks for stopping by."