America Street

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"It is a treat to have [these stories] pulled together here, reflecting as they do the dignity of individuals and the strength of family bonds across different cultures."—School Library Journal
Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique as the friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here are fourteen stories about young people told by some of America's best storytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jiménez, ...

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Overview

"It is a treat to have [these stories] pulled together here, reflecting as they do the dignity of individuals and the strength of family bonds across different cultures."—School Library Journal
Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique as the friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here are fourteen stories about young people told by some of America's best storytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jiménez, Mary K. Mazotti, Nicholasa Mohr, Toshio Mori, Leslie Namioka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Grace Paley, Gary Soto, and Michele Wallace.

Fourteen stories by American authors from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, including Duane Big Eagle, Nicholasa Mohr, Lensey Namioka, and Robert Cormier.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mazer Moose Street presents a smorgasbord of multiethnic experiences with 14 slice-of-life stories featuring teens mostly contemporary whose parents or grandparents immigrated to the U.S. The sociocultural backgrounds of characters are diverse, yet all share the common goal of finding a place for themselves. Some Toni Cade Bambara's Hazel Parker, a prize-winning runner in ``Raymond's Run,'' and Gary Soto's day-dreaming Fausto, of ``The No-Guitar Blues'' strive to rise above the crowd and to be recognized for their abilities. Other protagonists are concerned primarily with blending in and remaining as inconspicuous as possible. For example, the narrator of Lensey Namioka's ``The All-American Slurp'' is mortified by her family's dining-room etiquette. In a similar vein, the heroine of Gish Jen's ``The White Umbrella'' wishes she were part of a more ``American'' family--until her loyalty for her mother is tested. The sometimes rib-tickling, sometimes wrenching incidents chronicled in this highly readable volume provide first-rate entertainment while shedding light on the unique struggles and dreams of first-, second- and third-generation Americans. Ages 10-up. Sept.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-Fourteen short stories about growing up in America's diverse society. Written by such authors as Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Lensey Namioka, Grace Paley, Gary Soto, and Michele Wallace, they range from powerful to poignant to downright hilarious. Readers will come away from this collection understanding what it is like to be a migrant worker, an African-American child in a white school, or a Jewish child cast in a Christmas pageant. ``The Wrong Lunch Line'' details the problems a Latina has when trying to eat with her best friend, who is Jewish; the Chinese-American Lin family has trouble dining in ``The All-American Slurp.'' While all but one of these stories have been published previously, it is a treat to have them pulled together here, reflecting as they do the dignity of individuals and the strength of family bonds across different cultures.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892551910
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 99,456
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room, winner of the Keystone to Reading Book Award and a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection. Anthologies from edited by Mazer include: America Street, Going Where I'm Coming From, A Walk in My World, and Working Days. Mazur lives in Ithaca, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Great if it wasn't school work

    The book was asome. But we have this Major project due on it. I would love to Read it on the side the Juorney was my favorite. I recomend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Odd, but Interesting

    America Street features many authors from all over the world. This book of short Stories is touching, but also confusing for young kids. Some of the authors are Grace Paley, Robert Cormier, Toni Cade Bambara, and many more. This book will teach you valuable lessons, yet also some are just for the fun of it.

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