Rush Hour: Reckless

Rush Hour: Reckless

by Michael Cart

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Bold, innovative, and eclectic—that’s Rush Hour, the place for thoughtprovoking work from today’s most distinguished voices, both established and new.

In Rush Hour: Reckless, you’ll find captivating poetry by Michael L. Printz Honor winner Helen Frost and popular screenwriter Kirsten Smith; stories by Coretta Scott King


Bold, innovative, and eclectic—that’s Rush Hour, the place for thoughtprovoking work from today’s most distinguished voices, both established and new.

In Rush Hour: Reckless, you’ll find captivating poetry by Michael L. Printz Honor winner Helen Frost and popular screenwriter Kirsten Smith; stories by Coretta Scott King Honor winner Sharon Flake and Lambda Literary Award winner David Levithan; and artwork by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Mo Willems. There is also a fascinating interview with Yann Martel, author of the international bestselling novel The Life of Pi, as well as original stories by rising stars like Martin Wilson and Greg Galloway.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
This book includes a diverse collection of works from both recognized writers and those who are not yet well known. In this title, a part of the "A Journal of Contemporary Voices" series, seventeen authors and artists have used their works to define the concept of "recklessness"--making good or bad choices without fear of consequences. In "Vocabulary" Jim's father persuades him to take part in trashing his former wife's cabin. "Alone for the Weekend" details the actions of Alex who is left alone for the first time since his suicide attempt. In "Concept" readers get a harrowing inside look at a therapeutic community for out-of-control teenagers. This is an eclectic and thought-provoking selection of short stories, poems, cartoons, photographs, and comic strips, as well as an interview with Yann Martel, author of the novel, The Life of Pi. An excellent choice for a creative writing class reading list.
KLIATT - Anthony Pucci
This anthology of short stories, poetry, artwork, and an interview is edited by an author who is a former president of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The work of 17 artists is presented. According to Cart's introduction, all of them seek to explore the implications of recklessness, an appealing topic for the YA audience. Most of the writers have been previously published. Among the most recognized is Yann Martel, author of the bestselling Life of Pi. Although he had written that novel with adults in mind, Martel is delighted that it has become so popular with teenagers. His one concern is that "their reading of it will be flattened by pat interpretations." Among the more intriguing stories is "Vocabulary" by Gregory Calloway, who explores a father-son relationship complicated by the recklessness of the father, rather than the son. Another is "Alone for the Weekend" by Martin Wilson, which tells the story of Alex, whose reckless action of drinking Pine-Sol isolates him even further from his family and friends. In "Chain of Events," Elizabeth E. Wein recounts the almost tragic consequences of a reckless decision by two teenagers to take a seaplane for a ride. This is a book that students are likely to pick up and enjoy.
VOYA - Francisca Goldsmith
Seventeen pieces, including short stories, verse, an author interview, and art, comprise this well-selected anthology. The appeal of recklessness is obvious for many adolescents; the variety of what "reckless" might mean to any particular reader is nicely plumbed. Gregory Galloway's story, Vocabulary, sits in the lead position in the volume and features a teenaged boy who must cope with a father who is not only reckless but also vengeful. Both characters are well realized, and the story's inexorable pace sets the compulsively readable tone for the volume. The interview, conducted by Cart, with Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi (Harcourt, 2002/VOYA June 2003), is well designed and substantive. In it, Martel clarifies that neither the animals nor Pi can be considered reckless, but rather that he, as an author, must be for writing such a story. Excerpts from longer works-Kirsten Smith's Geography of Girlhood (Little, Brown, 2006/VOYA review this issue) is represented by "Three Poems About Bobby," Tommy Kovac's The New Girl is a portion from his comic book Autumn (Slave Labor Graphics, 2004), and Helen Frost's The Braid (Frances Foster Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006/VOYA August 2006) is introduced by a strong passage that ably stands alone-give readers clear next places to go to read more "like this.o The issues raised and faced in every work here are those that belong to older teens, people who are moving from unconsidered lives toward independence in thought as well as action. Many would work for reading aloud and for group discussion.
VOYA - Frederick Saunderson
This fourth collection in the Rush Hour series takes as its theme recklessness, one of the best possible subjects to use in relation to teenagers. The result is a book that will most likely appeal to almost every teenage audience. The range of different types of writing and art under the central theme only adds to the work's appeal to young adults, and creates a collection that cannot be easily rebuffed as uninteresting or unengaging. In addition to the wide-ranging styles, the collection incorporates a fairly broad spectrum of value. Although none of it is of specifically poor quality, the book's ability to appeal to varied audiences leaves open that some works can be seen by some readers as inferior, while other audiences will feel that those same ones are the only ones worth reading. For me, the standout pieces are Bennett Madison's Little Sisters Steal the Best Shit, and Martin Wilson's Alone for the Weekend. But other people will definitely have different favorites, and that is a strong reason to find the whole book enjoyable.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In this diverse volume, each story, poem, photograph, or drawing interprets the concept of recklessness, sometimes in surprising ways. In Helen Frost's "The Braid," a Scottish girl decides to stay behind with her grandmother during a dangerous time of unrest instead of following her family to safety. David Levithan's "Breaking and Entering" deals with the need to move on instead of pining for a lost love. And Martin Wilson's "Alone for the Weekend" follows Alex, a teenager who tried to commit suicide, as his family leaves him on his own for the first time since he came home from the hospital. Interspersed among the stories are black-and-white drawings and photographs by such artists as Mo Willems and Tabitha Soren. As with any volume of short stories the theme is fairly flexible, and many readers will not notice that decision-making is a key element of each plot. However, they will relate to the realistic characters and situations, not to mention the emotions expressed, in these tales of good, bad, and reckless choices. There is some raw language and underage drinking, but, overall, this is a worthy literary anthology.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Rush Hour (Delacorte Library) Series
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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