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Tomorrowland: Ten Stories about the Future

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A collection of ten stories about the future, by such authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jon Scieszka.

A collection of ten stories about the future, by such authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jon Scieszka.

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New York, NY 1999 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Signed by author. ***SIGNED*** Brand new and unread condition. Will be well protected for safe shipping. Sewn ... binding. Paper over boards. 198 p. Audience: Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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Overview

A collection of ten stories about the future, by such authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jon Scieszka.

A collection of ten stories about the future, by such authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jon Scieszka.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title may suggest a science-fiction collection, but the stories gathered here reflect an intriguingly wide array of genres. Working with a common theme, "visions of times to come," 10 noted contemporary authors offer diverse and often resonant interpretations; their characters ponder the fate of the universe, the human race or their individual selves. While some of the selections depict colorful (or startlingly bleak) images of the next millennium, others are set in the past. Jon Scieszka serves up a satire starring the first Homo sapiens, while James Cross Giblin imagines a young monk anticipating the end of the first millennium. Other selections are set in the present or near present. Jacqueline Woodson's protagonist, a modern-day, fatherless child, wistfully relates how she is the embodiment of her mother's dream of the future. Lois Lowry shows how an elderly man's image of the future turns sour when his land (which the government has promised to preserve) becomes a prison grounds. Ranging from joyfully optimistic to darkly ironic in tone, these imaginative writings should capture the target audience. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Teenagers on the cusp of adulthood and anticipating the future are sure to be interested in this compelling anthology of stories about how the past and the present affect what is to come. In response to the dawning of the new millennium, Michael Cart has solicited tales from nine well-known writers (among them Ron Koertge, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lois Lowry and Jacqueline Woodson) and has contributed a story himself to create a collection that reveal a heightened awareness of the future and its unpredictability. In one story, a monk holds the hand of a dying boy and ponders whether the plague, coming as it does in 1000 A.D., means the end of the world. In another, a group of boys discuss how E-mail and technology may—or may not—change the Spring Dance and their beloved baseball. In a third, two space-traveling brothers struggle to co-exist on Mars. Cart includes, as an addendum to each story, a brief explanation of the author's inspiration in creating the tale. This thought-provoking collection is sure to generate discussion among its readers. 1999, Scholastic Signature/Scholastic, $4.99 and $15.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Heidi Green<%ISBN%>0590376799
KLIATT
Ten YA authors peer into the future, near and distant, in this collection. Many of the stories are SF, but some, including the two most affecting, are straight realistic fiction. Ron Koertge's "A Robot Doesn't Have a Curve Ball" debates the merits of dating and baseball in a future cybernetic world, and Lois Lowry's "Rage" shows the anger and desperation of a man watching the world he knew dissolve. John Scieszka and James Cross Giblin look at the present from the perspective of the past; Tor Seidler, Jacqueline Woodson and Michael Cort look at the very near future as it affects one teenager; and Rodman Philbrick, Katherine Paterson and Gloria Skurzynski look deep into the future to see where the present may lead us. All agree that, no matter what era, the human spirit will remain pretty much the same. Some of the stories are slight and preachy, but overall a fine anthology that belongs in all YA collections. Category: Short Stories. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Scholastic, Signature, 198p., Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Deirdre B. Root; Ref. Libn., Middletown P.L., Middletown, OH
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-An exceptional collection. Despite their different writing styles, the 10 stories pull together as a cohesive whole with not a lightweight selection in the bunch. In his introduction, Cart writes, "For a writer's imagination the future is especially tantalizing," but Jon Scieszka takes readers back in time to eavesdrop on a humorous millennium party-one that might have occurred on the evening of December 31, 33001 B.C.E. Rodman Philbrick jumps ahead in "The Last Book in the Universe" to a future that is a cross between A Clockwork Orange and Fahrenheit 451, to show readers an affirmation of life amid the harsh reality of a time when brutality rules, no one reads, and no one remembers. Gloria Skurzynski's allegory of Cain and Abel demonstrates that teenage siblings can suffer from horrible envy, even while living on Mars. Other authors represented include Katherine Paterson, James Cross Giblin, Ron Koertge, Lois Lowry, Tor Seidler, and Jacqueline Woodson. A brief author's commentary follows each story, and an appendix presents biographical information. The attractive (well, to teens) cover art of a spaceship shoulder tattoo will reel readers in, and the stories will net them, hook, line, and sinker.-Susan R. Farber, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590376785
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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