Read All about It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens

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A treasury of fifty sensational read-aloud pieces for young adults.

From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to Maniac Magee, sci-fi to op-ed, “Casey at the Bat” to a moving true story about the reunion of two Holocaust survivors, this wonderfully diverse collection of excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and books has been created by Jim Trelease especially to turn young people on to the many pleasures of reading. Here are thought-provoking columns from Mike Royko and ...

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Overview

A treasury of fifty sensational read-aloud pieces for young adults.

From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to Maniac Magee, sci-fi to op-ed, “Casey at the Bat” to a moving true story about the reunion of two Holocaust survivors, this wonderfully diverse collection of excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and books has been created by Jim Trelease especially to turn young people on to the many pleasures of reading. Here are thought-provoking columns from Mike Royko and Pete Hamill; excerpts from classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and “Rikki-tikki-tavi”; autobiographical sketches by Maya Angelou, Moss Hart, and others, highlighting the importance of reading in their lives; and much more. With selections representing many different cultures, genres, writing styles, and interests, Read All About It! is a wonderful introduction to the riches of literature and to a lifetime of reading.

Presents a collection of fictional stories, autobiographical pieces, and newspaper columns, arranged for reading aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Turbulent teens who are reluctant readers will change their tune once they hear/read the selections in Jim Trelease's sensational book. It is a cornucopia of riches from every sector of the literary world: novels, short stories, poetry, and newspaper columns. Some are excerpted and others are complete. Jim's introductions are literary works in themselves, well-researched and informative; they are a unifying cord that binds the book as a whole. Whatever happened to Harper Lee? Where was Robert Service when he wrote The Shooting of Dan McGrew ? What part did grandmothers play in the lives of Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou? Read all about it! Read it aloud to your family. There is no better gift.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140146554
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 222,681
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Trelease is the editor of two anthologies, Read All About It! and Hey! Listen to This, and the author of the one that started it all, The Read-Aloud Handbook. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Growing Pains
Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli Aunt Millicent, by Mary Steele Broken Chain, by Gary Soto Four Miles to Pinecone, by Jon Hassler Miracle at Clement's Pond, by Patricia Pendergraft Object Lesson, by Ellery Queen To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Thank You, Ma'am, by Langston Hughes

Animal Tales
A Blue-Eyed Daisy, by Cynthia Rylant A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood, by Willie Morris Incident at Hawk's Hill, by Allan Eckert

Fantastic Tales
When the Tripods Came, by John Christopher The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, by Roald Dahl

Classics
Rikki-tikki-tavi, by Rudyard Kipling Otto of the Silver Hand, by Howard Pyle Joseph: His Dream, by Walter de la Mare

Old Chestnuts
When Poetry (and Oratory) Was King Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer Casey's Revenge, by Grantland Rice The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert W. Service

Chilling Tales
Fear, by Rhys Davies Who's Afraid?, by Philippa Pierce The Elevator, by William Sleator The Night Watchman, by David Braly The Ravine, by Ray Bradbury

Out to the Ball Game
The Andy Strasberg Story, as told to Mike Bryan Trip to Fenway Drives Home the Truth - Right Off the Bat, by Jim Trelease

Escape Reading
Mapping Escape Routes Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass Act One, by Moss Hart All the Strange Hours, by Loren Eiseley Alexander Dolgun's Story, by Alexander Dolgun with Patrick Watson I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Historical Fiction
The December Rose, by Leon Garfield Sarah Bishop, by Scott O'Dell North to Freedom, by Anne Holm The Iceberg Hermit, by Arthur Roth The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi

Paper Clips
The Land of Wits, Sages, Oracles, Muckrakers, and Insiders Wrong Mom? Tough!, by Mike Royko Nothing to Worry About and The Turtle, by Jim Bishop He Was No Bum, by Bob Greene The Yellow Hankerchief, by Pete Hamill I've Got Your Number, by Robe Imbriano Why Ali Loved Flag Burnings, by Craig Nelsen

Nonfiction as Literature
Helping Hands, by Brent Ashabranner In the Pantry, by Charles Panati Power of the Powerless: A Brother's Lesson, by Christopher de Vinck Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen

Surprise Endings
Those Three Wishes, by Judith Gorog It Happened on the Brooklyn Subway, by Paul Deutschman

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