Breaktime

Overview

The first two novels in Printz-winner Aidan Chambers’s Dance Sequence are at last available in a fresh format that will draw teens to these classics of YA literature.

Literature is crap. Fiction is, anyway. A pretense. Ersatz. . . . When you read a story you are pretending a lie. —Morgan

What begins as a game for Ditto—the refutation of his friend Morgan’s Charges Against Literature—quickly escalates into a multilevel challenge. After Ditto’s ...

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Overview

The first two novels in Printz-winner Aidan Chambers’s Dance Sequence are at last available in a fresh format that will draw teens to these classics of YA literature.

Literature is crap. Fiction is, anyway. A pretense. Ersatz. . . . When you read a story you are pretending a lie. —Morgan

What begins as a game for Ditto—the refutation of his friend Morgan’s Charges Against Literature—quickly escalates into a multilevel challenge. After Ditto’s father suffers a heart attack in the middle of one of their fights, Ditto decides he has to get away for a few days to sort out his life. His chronicle of his experiences becomes his rebuttal to Morgan’s Charges. But is this thought-provoking examination of people and ideas all fact . . . or fiction? Aidan Chambers leaves it up to the reader to decide in this novel that Publishers Weekly calls “excruciatingly funny as well as touching.”

Includes a new afterword from the author!

Praise for Aidan Chambers

Michael L. Printz Award winner

Carnegie Medal winner

Hans Christian Andersen Award winner

A classmate's challenge to prove that literature is related to real life spurs Ditto to leave home during spring vacation and chronicle his life-changing adventures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810972629
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,330,985
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Aidan Chambers is the author of the highly acclaimed Dance Sequence of young-adult novels: Breaktime, Dance on My Grave, Now I Know, The Toll Bridge, Postcards from No Man’s Land, and This Is All. Aidan won the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal for Postcards from No Man’s Land. He was also awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, children’s literature’s highest honor, for his body of work. He’s only the second British writer to win it. He lives in the west of England with his American wife, Nancy. Visit his Web site at www.aidanchambers.co.uk.

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