Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories

Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories

by Penguin Random House, Lois Lowry

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In this thoughtful and engaging collection, 11 acclaimed authors explore the highs and lows of growing up and shining on in the face of obstacles. A parent's departure, a sister's illness, a cheerleader's breakup, a family's secrets . . . these stories sensitively capture the challenges—and triumphs—of finding the way to a bright tomorrow.Featuring powerful stories by Lois Lowry, Meg Rosoff, Meg Cabot, Melvin Burgess, Sue Limb, and more. . . .A portion of the money generated from the sale of this book will benefit CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation and Children's Oncology Group, partners in the search for a cure for childhood cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307497857
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/12/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Whether she’s writing comedy, adventure, or poignant, powerful drama—from Attaboy, Sam! and Anastasia Krupnik to Number the Stars and The GiverLois Lowry’s appeal is as broad as her subject matter and as deep as her desire to affect an eager generation of readers. An author who is “fast becoming the Beverly Cleary for the upper middle grades” (The Horn Book Magazine), Lois Lowry has written more than 20 books for young adults and is a two-time Newbery Medal winner.Lowry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended junior high school in Tokyo, Japan. Her father was a dentist for the U.S. Army and his job entailed a lot of traveling. She still likes to travel.At the age of 17, Lowry attended Brown University and majored in writing. She left school at 19, got married, and had four children before her 25th birthday. After some time, she returned to college and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine.Lowry didn’t start writing professionally until she was in her mid-30s. Now she spends time writing every single day. Before she begins a book, she usually knows the beginning and end of her story. When she’s not writing, Lowry enjoys gardening during the spring and summer and knitting during the winter. One of her other hobbies is photography, and her own photos grace the covers of Number the Stars, The Giver, and Gathering Blue. Lois Lowry has four children and two grandchildren. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Resigned     1
Allie Finklestein's Rules for Boyfriends     16
Coming Home     32
Getting the Message     45
You're a Legend     58
The Bad Sister     71
Calling the Cats     82
Humming Through My Fingers     98
A Summer to Die     116
Skin Deep     127
John Lennon Said     139
About the Authors     155

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Shining On: 11 Star Authors' Illuminating Stories 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bclanphere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
11 short stories by 11 inspiring young adult authors make up this great collection. Each story features a teen and his/her ability to cope with and overcome a unique life challenge. Questionable boyfriends, telling your family you are gay, catching your mother in an affair and dealing with the death of a sibling are a few of the topics covered in this collection.Comments:This book is a fantastic introduction to several well known and celebrated young adult authors. The authors are primarily British, which gives the reader a bit of a cultural lesson through vocabulary and British euphemisms. Each piece is only a few pages long, so it is easy to read 2-3 stories in a sitting, and then come back to an entirely new setting, characters, and life-trial. What is unique to the collection is the positive outcome of each character¿s issue. Despite losing her sight as a teenager, the main character in Malorie Blackman¿s story demonstrates that a disability can be a blessing. Rosie Rushton¿s ¿Skin Deep¿ is about a girl who is the victim of a bomb explosion. It takes her some time, but she comes to realize that her boyfriend continues to pursue her not because of her looks, but because of who she is as a person. It was a truly enlightening collection to read. School Media Extensions Because of the variety of struggles and challenges that the teens encounter in the stories, there are a number of ways this book could be used in the school media experience. Fitting in, divorce, coming out to your parents, physical deformity, death of a sibling ¿ these are just a few of the topics that can help teens see how strong they can be in the face of adversity. Teens are tough and this collection of stories portrays some of the toughest situations that teens encounter and introduces them to characters that have overcome the same obstacles.In addition, I think this collection would be good to used to introduce teens to some terrific British and American young adult authors, without having to commit to a full-length book. They can experience the writing style of an individual author and then decide whether or not they want to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
@ 'slave' result one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luna cleaned th new kit trying to oush the other out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love lois lowry and this is a great book, but has some southern words that were hard to understand at times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im at the fourth result.Rehersing