13 by James Howe

13

Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
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Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Just as 13 is an age with agonies and ecstasies, this collection ranges from the trivial to the powerful. The stories cover bar mitzvahs and brand names, emerging sexuality and death. Conflicts between growing desire for popularity and emerging moral and social consciousness dominate the collection. Howe’s own “Jeremy Goldblatt Is So Not Moses” is a hilarious and moving tale of homelessness and social conventions. Conformity conflicts with eco-awareness in Todd Strasser’s funny “Squid Girl.” Stephen Roos’s poignant and powerful “Picky Eater” explores the darker side of fitting in. Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin provide the weakest contribution, a trite paean to adolescence. Each contribution closes with a painfully awkward photograph of the author at 13, a wonderful reminder that the authors, too, shared the pain. Focus on change and growth gives strength to this offering. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-82863-2
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2003




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