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by David Almond, Nick Hornby, Linda Sue Park, Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer, Nick Hornby, Roddy Doyle, Linda Sue Park, David Almond -- top authors team up to tell the story of a man who magically connects the lives and times of young people around the world.

A video message from a dead person. A larcenous teenager. A man who can stick his left toe behind his head and in his ear. An epileptic girl seeking answers in a fairy


Eoin Colfer, Nick Hornby, Roddy Doyle, Linda Sue Park, David Almond -- top authors team up to tell the story of a man who magically connects the lives and times of young people around the world.

A video message from a dead person. A larcenous teenager. A man who can stick his left toe behind his head and in his ear. An epileptic girl seeking answers in a fairy tale. A boy who loses everything in World War II, and his brother who loses even more. And a family with a secret so big that it changes everything.
The world's best beloved authors each contribute a chapter in the life of the mysterious George "Gee" Keane, photographer, soldier, adventurer and enigma. Under different pens, a startling portrait emerges of a man, his family, and his gloriously complicated tangle of a life.

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Publishers Weekly

Ten distinguished authors each write a chapter of this intriguing novel of mystery and family, which examines the lives touched by a photojournalist George Keane, aka Gee. The first chapter, by Linda Sue Park, begins with Gee's death and how it affects his granddaughter Maggie, who ponders the cryptic gift he has left for her: a box of seven seashells and a note reading, "Throw them all back." Several chapters follow Maggie and her stepbrother Jason; others are flashbacks that return to subjects of Gee's photographs-a prisoner who created Maggie's box (Deborah Ellis), a girl with a mysterious illness (David Almond) and a Japanese soldier who lost his legs to a grenade (Ruth Ozeki). Margo Lanagan's contribution, set in the future, offers a magical, world-altering explanation for how Gee has seemingly led multiple lives, as Nick Hornby hints at earlier. In Gregory Maguire's conclusion, an elderly Maggie reflects on her grandfather's influence ("He wanted us to see.... Jason took the camera and took off-his life took off.... I took the shells and I took off too"). The authors' distinctive styles remain evident; although readers expecting a more straightforward or linear story may find the leaps through time and place challenging, the thematic currents help the chapters gel into a cohesive whole. Royalties benefit Amnesty International. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)

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VOYA - Catherine Gilmore-Clough
It is difficult to imagine authors as diverse as Ruth Ozeki, Gregory Maguire, Eoin Colfer, and Linda Sue Park, among others, coming together to write a book for teens, and even more tricky to believe that the end result would be a seamless whole, a jigsaw that fits together so well that the individual pieces are indistinguishable. The constant thread running throughout is the character George "Gee" Keane, a photojournalist whose adventures and the lives of those who knew him provide a wealth of experiences for authors to mine. Park's contribution introduces Gee's grandchildren shortly after his death and provides a multitude of seeds for further chapters: a box of shells from different seas, photographs taken all over the world, and Gee's insight-bestowing camera equipment. The chapters vary, some revealing Gee's history, others showing the ripples of those events as they move through the lives of Gee's grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beyond. Tender and beautiful but never saccharine, each chapter seems to affirm the beauty and goodness to be found in life, without denying the darkness that exists. The balancing act of light and dark inherent in photography is the perfect metaphor to showcase these themes. The most thoughtful readers will enjoy this revelation of the depth and complexities of human nature, but the mystery of watching lives unfold bit by bit-each story providing hints of what will come later-will engage even casual readers.
Kirkus Reviews
The work and travels of a talented photographer lie at the heart of this far-flung tale. Created collaboratively by the likes of Eoin Colfer, Nick Hornby, Deborah Ellis and Gregory Maguire, among others, to benefit Amnesty International, this unusual story unfolds a chapter at a time in a wide variety of directions. Readers find themselves in the present, the past and the future, as well as all over the world. This fluidity of time and setting, along with the large number of characters, might have resulted in a chaotic feel, but skillful writing (and presumably editing) overcomes this potential problem. In the opening vignette by Linda Sue Park, readers meet Maggie and her brother Jason who are mourning the loss of their grandfather, Gee. Several subsequent sections feature Maggie and Jason, but most focus on Gee, always through the eyes of another. Each chapter is distinct enough to reveal a bit about its author while effectively contributing to the overall portrait of a complex, committed, elusive man. While some readers may find the narrative jumps too challenging, those who follow the multi-strand plot will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging read. (brief author biographies, notes on Amnesty International) (Fiction. 12-15)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.42(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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Click 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finished it in 1 day...because I couldn't put it down! Wonderful collaboration of writing styles and imagination, with underlying messages about the important things about living life and living it well. For all ages!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
How many times have you looked at a photograph and wondered what the story was behind it? Photographs indicate relationships within and among people and nature. Photographs document one's perception of the world.

George Keane Henschler, or "Gee" as he likes to be called, and his granddaughter, Maggie, are the epicenter for all the stories in the book CLICK. The book starts off with a short story by Linda Sue Park. The authors that contributed to this book make up quite an impressive list: Deborah Ellis, Ruth Ozeki, Eoin Colfer, David Almond, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, and Gregory MacGuire

Parks gets the ball rolling, beginning with Gee's death and how it affects his granddaughter and his grandson, Jason. Maggie was terribly close to him and loved to hear his stories about his adventures as a photojournalist traveling the world. When he dies, he gives her a box with seven compartments holding shells with a note telling her to "throw it back." We learn that this serves as a map for her life's adventures. Jason, on the other hand, is a little bitter after finding out he is adopted and decides to reject his grandfather's gift of photographs and wants to sell them so he can look for his real father. He comes across a letter from Gee when he is about to steal something from him that basically changes his life. Gee knew that Jason had pilfered from him and now wants him to think about the people who love him and the road he is on and where it will lead.

The rest of the stories, all by different authors, take a part of the first story and do their own spin on it. One author chooses to write about how the box came into existence. Another author looks at the name "Keane" and writes a story connecting the family to an Irish Legacy. And still another author continues the story of Maggie - now Margaret- as she nears the end of her own life.

Each story, even though different than the one before, blends into each other almost seamlessly. Read by itself it might just be a bunch of nice short stories, but when all the stories are put together like so in this book it makes you realize that many relationships are circular in nature. Connections people make with random people they meet can have far-reaching effects.

CLICK, besides being interesting, is also benefiting Amnesty International. All royalties from the book will be donated to the group, which serves to protect people's human rights.

Say cheese....Click!
RaDaWa More than 1 year ago
This book has always been special to me. It is odd and jumbled. And horribly fragmented. But there always seemed as  if there is some magical connection between all of the characters. And I an even stronger connection to myself. Click has always just been 'my' book (yes, as all readers I feel some sense of false, irrational ownership). It is a book that understands and understands me. It has become a book among many on a shelf. One that most people haven't heard of or even notice. But it is a hidden treasure. If you are one of the lucky ones to find it, read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just seriously.. awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book, ive read it over and over again, there is always something you didnt remember or pick up on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! I thought that the collaboration of all the authors working together to create a greater story, adventure, and mystery. A jumbled as is might be with ten authors, it was very well executed. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was such a good idea to do a collaboration book like this. Ten different authors, ten different writing styles, ten different points of view. It vaguely reminded me of the film 'Paris, Je T'aime' for the fact that that film was directed by several people with several stories all centered around one subject. In this case, it was centered around a man who's mysteries and photographs lasted well beyond his death. What an engrossing story! Go buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story and writing. I just love how everything falls into place at the end
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a plot that had a ton of potential to be really good, but it was done all wrong! I didn't like the constant change in point of view, and there were a few times that you had to do some serious inferencing to figure something out. I'd love to see it redone in the hands of ONE author who could piece it together much better.