Walk In My Worldby Anne Mazer
A treasury of short stories about young people, written by some of the world's best writers. This volume of sixteen stories written by some of the world's best writersincluding three Nobel Prize winnerswill transport readers to all parts of the globe to meet kindred spirits in other cultures on their journeys to adulthood. In Heinrich Böll's "The
A treasury of short stories about young people, written by some of the world's best writers. This volume of sixteen stories written by some of the world's best writersincluding three Nobel Prize winnerswill transport readers to all parts of the globe to meet kindred spirits in other cultures on their journeys to adulthood. In Heinrich Böll's "The Balek Scales," a young German boy heroically tries to redress the centuries of injustice in his village. In Yasunari Kawabata's "The Jay," a girl's interest in a mother jay separated from her young becomes a metaphor for her own estrangement from her father. Set during the Pinochet regime in Chile, "The Composition" by Antonio Skarmeta is the story of a boy who resists betraying his parents through a routine school assignment. In Jamaica Kincaid's "To the Jetty," a teenage girl embarks on her first journey away from her island home of Antigua and into the wider world. Also included are stories by Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Toni Cade Bambara (United States), Italo Calvino (Italy), Anita Desai (India), Elizabeth Jolley (Australia), Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt), Frank O'Connor (Ireland), V. S. Pritchett (England), Valentin Rasputin (Russia), Cora Sandel (Norway), and Xiao Hong (China). An introduction and lengthy biographical notes provide context and give insight into the lives of the authors.
Although this is a uniquely international short story collection, written by a distinguished group of authors, a majority of the main characters are children rather than adolescents. Whether the young protagonists will hold the attention of YA readers is to be seen. Teachers and librarians will, however, be delighted with the concluding "About the Authors" section, which lists biographical information for Ama Ata Aidoo, Yasunari Kawabata, Jamaica Kincaid, Frank O'Connor, Valentine Rasputin, and the other authors whose stories are included in this collection.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
- Persea Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room, winner of the Keystone to Reading Book Award and a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection.
Anthologies from edited by Mazer include: America Street, Going Where I'm Coming From, A Walk in My World, and Working Days. Mazur lives in Ithaca, New York.
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