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Second Sight: Stories for a New Millennium
     

Second Sight: Stories for a New Millennium

by Jeremy Engleman (Editor), Springe, Rita Williams-Garcia, Janet Taylor Lisle, Natalie Babbitt
 
What lies on the other side of tomorrow? What if tomorrow was actually a doorway to another age--a new millennium? What does the world have in store for us? Or perhaps more important: What do we have in store for the world? As seen through the eyes of teens, here are eight stories that attempt to answer those questions. Offering their insight through humor, fantasy,

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What lies on the other side of tomorrow? What if tomorrow was actually a doorway to another age--a new millennium? What does the world have in store for us? Or perhaps more important: What do we have in store for the world? As seen through the eyes of teens, here are eight stories that attempt to answer those questions. Offering their insight through humor, fantasy, and realism, today's most important writers for young adults play the role of visionaries in a collection you won't want to miss. Includes original stories by: Madeleine L'Engle, Richard Peck, Avi, Natalie Babbitt, Rita Williams-Garcia, Janet Taylor Lisle, Nancy Springer, and Michael Cadnum

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Madeleine L'Engle, Richard Peck and other favorite authors transit eight characters into the 21st century. These stories, mostly slices of realism with a hint of the supernatural, introduce universal teens with familiar conflicts. Not so coincidentally, most protagonists experience epiphanies on or around New Year's Eve. In Janet Taylor Lisle's tale, shortly before a girl rings in the year 2000 in Mexico with her family, she has a run-in with a teenage gang amongst Mayan ruins, which turns into a transformative experience. On the same evening, miles away, in Nancy Springer's selection, Mike plans to spend an uneventful night as disc jockey for a local radio station--until spectators in Times Square claim to have seen Jesus in the sky, and an accident seriously injures both a co-worker and his father. While the millennium theme lurks perhaps too conspicuously in the shadows of many stories, at least two authors manage to gracefully broaden it. Natalie Babbitt's timeless fantasy shows how a father, obsessed with glimpsing tomorrow, goes to absurd lengths to find out what the future has in store. Rita Williams-Garcia's lyrical tale, with its folkloric quality, mourns the loss of age-old traditions as modern concerns obscure the importance of family roots ("Gone is the simple need to shake off the world and be among the familiar"). Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
This collection begins with Owen's Millennium by Avi, in which Owen fears the dawning of the year 1000 when Father Godwin has predicted the world will end. However, Father Godwin's calculations are wrongthe world will end in the Year of Our Lord 2000. In The Beginning of Time, Janet Taylor Lisle shares fourteenyearold Shelley's comingofage experience in a cave in the Mexican ruins of Xochicalco. The black women in Clay by Rita WilliamsGarcia tell of generational changes as they wait for their families to come home. Madeleine L'Engle's Austin family meets up with what might be the millennium bug on their hearth during a snowstorm in Rob Austin and the Millennium Bug. A disenchanted eighteenyearold deejay in Nancy Springer's I Believe? discovers that even he has to believe "there are angels among us," when he learns that his father has pulled a young mother, the deejay's coworker, from her burning car. Michael Cadnum takes readers to the edge in Horizon, as a young woman comes to terms with the father who has been in prison for suspected child molestation. In Tomorrow, Natalie Babbitt shares delightful Mr. Rummage and his vertical attempts to see tomorrow before it arrives, and Richard Peck rounds out this collection with Megan's visit to her greatgrandmother on New Year's Day 2001 in The ThreeCentury Woman, where the old woman who has lived in three centuries makes up stories for reporters who come to visit. These original stories by popular authors will make great readalouds for both junior and senior high school classrooms. Some tales are humorous, some are poignant, but all are thoughtprovoking and beautifully written. Second Sight is a natural partner for Michael Cart'scompilation,Tomorrowland: 10 Stories about the Future (Scholastic, 1999/VOYA December 1999). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Philomel, Ages 13 to 18, 128p, $14.99. Reviewer: Ruth Cox
Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A collection of short stories by eight top young adult authors. The selections are largely compelling and reflect all of the uncertainty, dread, and anticipation that surround this momentous milestone. The book opens with "Oswin's Millennium," Avi's haunting tale of an abused stable boy set in the first millennium, and closes with "The Three-Century Woman," Richard Peck's hilarious story of an elderly woman who beats a TV interviewer at his own game. In between, stories by Janet Taylor Lisle, Rita Williams-Garcia, Nancy Springer, and Michael Cadnum examine people's responses to the millennium, while Madeleine L'Engle gives a brief glimpse of the Austin family as it reacts to Rob's belief that a real millennium bug (an enormous beetle) might exist. However, it is Natalie Babbitt who defines the most basic question about the millennium in her story "Tomorrow." Mr. Rummage is convinced that people want to know what will happen tomorrow and he devises numerous ways, including a balloon trip, to try and find out. But it is an old man in the park who gets to the heart of the matter when he says, "Who cares what kind of a day it's going to be? What matters is, if there's even going to be a day." And when the dawn colors streak the sky, both the old man and Mr. Rummage know the truth, and so do readers.-Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An uneven collection of stories about the new millennium from well-known YA authors. Avi's "Oswin's Millennium" is a powerful depiction of the life of an ill-treated slave boy who is convinced by one of the brothers that the world is about to end. Among the high points: Nancy Springer pens a surprisingly moving piece about a college disc jockey on New Year's Eve, 1999, who starts hearing from listeners who are terrified. Natalie Babbitt's "Tomorrow," about a man who goes up in a balloon trying to see what the next day will be like, reads like a chapter out of Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine." Richard Peck's "Three Century Woman," features one of his hilariously devilish old women; she's not as senile as she pretends, and gets the better of some pushy reporters. At the other end of the collection, there is a bizarre muddle called "Clay" from Rita Williams-Garcia, about women who practice a form of magic that involves a clay pot containing their children's umbilical cords; and an Austin story from Madeleine L`Engle that recycles the pun that the millennium bug is an actual insect. There are also pieces by Janet Taylor Lisle and Michael Cadnum; the whole comprises a mixed bag, but the good outweighs the bad. (Short stories. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399234583
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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