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ISBN-13: 9780439411394
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 10 - 15 Years

About the Author

The winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award for his contributions to children’s literature, David Almond is best known for his children’s book Skellig, which tells the story of a young boy who meets a mysterious creature in the garage. He has also received awards for Kit’s Wilderness, The Fire-Eaters, A Song for Ella Grey, and My Name is Mina.

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Click 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finished it in 1 day...because I couldn't put it down! Wonderful collaboration of writing styles and imagination, with underlying messages about the important things about living life and living it well. For all ages!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
How many times have you looked at a photograph and wondered what the story was behind it? Photographs indicate relationships within and among people and nature. Photographs document one's perception of the world.

George Keane Henschler, or "Gee" as he likes to be called, and his granddaughter, Maggie, are the epicenter for all the stories in the book CLICK. The book starts off with a short story by Linda Sue Park. The authors that contributed to this book make up quite an impressive list: Deborah Ellis, Ruth Ozeki, Eoin Colfer, David Almond, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, Margo Lanagan, and Gregory MacGuire

Parks gets the ball rolling, beginning with Gee's death and how it affects his granddaughter and his grandson, Jason. Maggie was terribly close to him and loved to hear his stories about his adventures as a photojournalist traveling the world. When he dies, he gives her a box with seven compartments holding shells with a note telling her to "throw it back." We learn that this serves as a map for her life's adventures. Jason, on the other hand, is a little bitter after finding out he is adopted and decides to reject his grandfather's gift of photographs and wants to sell them so he can look for his real father. He comes across a letter from Gee when he is about to steal something from him that basically changes his life. Gee knew that Jason had pilfered from him and now wants him to think about the people who love him and the road he is on and where it will lead.

The rest of the stories, all by different authors, take a part of the first story and do their own spin on it. One author chooses to write about how the box came into existence. Another author looks at the name "Keane" and writes a story connecting the family to an Irish Legacy. And still another author continues the story of Maggie - now Margaret- as she nears the end of her own life.

Each story, even though different than the one before, blends into each other almost seamlessly. Read by itself it might just be a bunch of nice short stories, but when all the stories are put together like so in this book it makes you realize that many relationships are circular in nature. Connections people make with random people they meet can have far-reaching effects.

CLICK, besides being interesting, is also benefiting Amnesty International. All royalties from the book will be donated to the group, which serves to protect people's human rights.

Say cheese....Click!
RaDaWa More than 1 year ago
This book has always been special to me. It is odd and jumbled. And horribly fragmented. But there always seemed as  if there is some magical connection between all of the characters. And I an even stronger connection to myself. Click has always just been 'my' book (yes, as all readers I feel some sense of false, irrational ownership). It is a book that understands and understands me. It has become a book among many on a shelf. One that most people haven't heard of or even notice. But it is a hidden treasure. If you are one of the lucky ones to find it, read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just seriously.. awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book, ive read it over and over again, there is always something you didnt remember or pick up on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! I thought that the collaboration of all the authors working together to create a greater story, adventure, and mystery. A jumbled as is might be with ten authors, it was very well executed. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was such a good idea to do a collaboration book like this. Ten different authors, ten different writing styles, ten different points of view. It vaguely reminded me of the film 'Paris, Je T'aime' for the fact that that film was directed by several people with several stories all centered around one subject. In this case, it was centered around a man who's mysteries and photographs lasted well beyond his death. What an engrossing story! Go buy it!
krissa on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a fun ride that could be taken in big chunks, or read chapter by chapter and by the different stories. Ten authors each write a chapter, but it ends up being nicely tied together in the end (which I admit, I had trouble getting into the rhythm of in the beginning, it was a bit jarring. Not only do the stories tie to the main part, in small ways they tie to each other. Each author brings a unique feeling, voice and perspective. I like that they got `famous¿ authors to do this, and I like that part of the proceeds go to Amnesty International. The lessons or morals in some of the story¿s are OK because they are unobtrusive. I never felt hit over the head with anything. Overall, a great read-a-thon read, and more then happy I took the time to read it. =D
BettyB112 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was an interesting book as it was written by ten different authors. Each author wrote a different chapter. I enjoyed seeing how the authors wove the tale through each chapter and what they brought forth to the story. I also found a couple of new authors to investigate further! However, I did not like the last few chapters that took us forward in time. The book was already delicately held together and I found the jump forward in time to be more confusing and actually make the story harder to follow. I would have rather heard more about Maggie's adventures to throw back the stones and the people she encountered on her trips.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is an incredibly unusual and thought provoking book. Written by 10 different authors all following along a storyline which is rather like a chain letter, each building on what the preceding one has created, it is by turns hopeful, fatalistic, dramatic, funny and memorable.At the heart of the story is famous photojournalist "Gee" who touched the lives of many people and brought all their stories home to share with his granddaughter, Maggie. The further we go in the tales the more we learn of the legacy that lived on in his family in ways very unexpected.The book as a whole is rather hard to categorize. It has elements of fantasy, history, science fiction and the ordinary world, but not so much of any one that it would offend a reader particularly uninterested in that genre. My personal favorite tale was by Roddy Doyle of a young Irishman introduced to Mohamed Ali in his prime, because it made me laugh. Another honorable mention is the chapter by Ruth Ozeki of Japan in 1944 that made me want to cry.Although written for young adults and, in part, an effort to build awareness of Amnesty International I think this would also be an inspiring book for both schools and interested adults.
tsisler on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This novel is about George Keane and the effect he had on various individuals. After his death, his grandchildren and his daughter search to find a deeper understanding of who Keane was. Although they find some answers to the question, they wind up discovering a lot more questions about Keane. However, they do develop a greater sense of themselves in the process. This increased sense of identity is something "Gee" helped others find throughout his life. Although, the reader develops the sense that with his outward focus on other people's stories, Gee failed to develop a true sense of his own identity. The ten parts of the story by the ten different authors come together well. Although, the futuristic elements were a little bizzare for my tastes, and didn't seem to fit as neatly with the rest of the story. Nevertheless, the novel's reflections on life are insightful and overall the novel is enjoyable.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a unique book - ten different authors, each writing a different part of the story - each chapter is both part of the novel and also a short story, complete in itself. It also spans a great chunk of time - from World War II to sometime in the future (a nice bit of science fiction in the last couple of chapters). I liked the theme of really looking at things - of going beyond the surface.
juliemobley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Story is written by 10 authors. Each chapter written by a different author. A grandaughter inherits a camera from her grandfather and finds out about his life through the history of his photographs.
AuOr611 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The book was a good length but it was boring cause it seemed like she did the same thing through out the whole book. Also i think it would be good as a girls book.
lnommay on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Kirkus Review...The work and travels of a talented photographer lie at the heart of this far-flung tale. Created collaboratively by the likes of Eoin Colfer, Nick Hornby, Deborah Ellis and Gregory Maguire, among others, to benefit Amnesty International, this unusual story unfolds a chapter at a time in a wide variety of directions. Readers find themselves in the present, the past and the future, as well as all over the world. This fluidity of time and setting, along with the large number of characters, might have resulted in a chaotic feel, but skillful writing (and presumably editing) overcomes this potential problem. In the opening vignette by Linda Sue Park, readers meet Maggie and her brother Jason who are mourning the loss of their grandfather, Gee. Several subsequent sections feature Maggie and Jason, but most focus on Gee, always through the eyes of another. Each chapter is distinct enough to reveal a bit about its author while effectively contributing to the overall portrait of a complex, committed, elusive man. While some readers may find the narrative jumps too challenging, those who follow the multi-strand plot will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging read.
prkcs on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Ten bestselling authors contribute a chapter each in the life of the mysterious George "Gee" Keane, photographer, soldier, adventurer, and enigma. Under different pens, a startling portrait emerges of a man, his family, and his gloriously complicated tangle of a life
4sarad on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I wasn't wowed by this book. Some of the interlinked stories were much better than others, and overall the book just didn't grab me. Sometimes it was difficult to hold on to all the characters and remember someone when they popped up again in later chapters. Overall I think the idea was great, but it just didn't work for me.
andreablythe on LibraryThing 10 months ago
After their famous photographer grandfather Gee dies, he leaves his grandson Jason some signed photographs from famous sports stars and his granddaughter a box of seven shells. These mysterious items begin the unfolding of mysteries that carry across decades. Ten authors came together to write this novel, each writing one chapter, more of a series of short stories. It's amazing to me how well these stories weave together to make a complete picture, not just a random assortment of stories, but truely a novel. The different writing styles compliment each other quite well. The book is well written throughout, and the characters are interesting. This is a genuinely sweet and touching story, and definitely one of my new favorite books.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When famous photographer George "Gee" Keane dies, his death, and his photographs continue to make ripples in lives like a stone tossed into a still pond. Told in a series of chapters by a series of authors, but re-focusing periodically on Maggie, Gee's granddaughter, Click is less about one person than about the prolonged and pronounced effect simple actions can have on the lives of others. I took a break from reading this one right in the middle, and probably shouldn't have, as I think I may have missed some details. Although the main thread of the story hangs together well enough, it's a bit jumbled at times just who and how things relate to each other. With so many authors, maybe a case of too many cooks spoiling the soup? Creative, but not spectacular - for some reason I really like the cover, though.
ambookgeek on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I know that many love this book, but I found the stylistic differences between authors to be distracting to the point of frustration. I guess that I'm a rather rigid reader ...
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ten well-known writers of young adult fiction (e.g., David Almond, Eoin Colfer, LInda Sue Park) team up for this haunting tale, proceeds from the sale of which go to Amnesty International. Two teen siblings are left special gifts by their grandfather, a famous photo-journalist, when he dies. They use these gifts to discover an amazing secret about their grandfather, and end up discovering much about themselves in the process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story and writing. I just love how everything falls into place at the end
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