HEARTBEATS AND OTHER STORIES by Peter D. Sieruta

HEARTBEATS AND OTHER STORIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An outstanding collection of nine stories about teen-agers. A nerd is envious of his suave older brother, who has successfully wooed the girl the nerd adores. A boy in a family of 13 gets his turn, by family tradition, to have a private bedroom during his senior year; his initial withdrawal from the family is succeeded by renewed affection by year's end. An overweight girl admires a superior athlete willing to give up her own chances in a race in order to push a disabled, wheelchair-bound student through the course. An honor student finds his academic career shattered by the sarcasm of a substitute teacher--did he, possibly, deserve the relentless criticism? Each experience is related in a distinct, unique voice by a well-delineated character. The situations are convincing, the stories immediate and compelling; and the humor engaging. These should be widely enjoyed, and would be especially appropriate to stimulate discussion.

Page count: 224pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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