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13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony And Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
Contributor(s): Howe, James (Editor)

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ISBN: 1416926844     ISBN-13: 9781416926849
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2006

Annotation: Written by some of today's finest writers for young adults, including Meg Cabot, Bruce Colville, and James Howe, this collection of stories truly captures the experience of being 13 years old.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teenagers; Juvenile fiction.
Short stories, American.
Teenagers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2006028198
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 278 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q34496
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
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Publisher Description:
"If thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number...you would think a civilized society could come up with a way for us to skip it."

-- from ""What's the Worst That Could Happen?"" by Bruce Coville

No one will want to skip any of the twelve short stories and one poem that make up this collection by some of the most celebrated contemporary writers of teen fiction. The big bar mitzvah that goes suddenly, wildly, hilariously out of control. A first kiss -- and a realization about one's sexual orientation. A crush on a girl that ends up putting the boy who likes her in the hospital. A pair of sneakers a kid has to have. By turns funny and sad, wrenching and poignant, the moments large and small described in these stories capture perfectly the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring)
The trials and adventures of being thirteen years old--making choices, having a crush, preparing for a bar mitzvah--are explored in a collection of short fiction. Some stories, such as Rachel Vail's dark comedy about a parakeet's funeral, are spot on; others (including a glib fantasy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin) are slight or, in some cases, more earnest than inspired. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2003 November #3)
The authors of these 13 original entries (12 stories and one poem) have one thing in common: each understands what it is like to stand in that murky bog between childhood and adulthood. Their writings, all of which feature a 13-year-old protagonist, poignantly and often humorously capture the excitement, angst and uncertainty that mark the experience of growing up. Lori Aurelia Williams's impoverished and taunted hero Malik considers joining a reputedly violent gang because they will give him the high-status shoes he covets; and Ellen Wittlinger's heroine, Maggie, a budding writer, tries out a new identity under a pen name. Others tentatively test the waters of romance or plunge into infatuations. For example, Murphy Murphy ("Yeah, you read it right.... It's like a family curse," he says of his name), the blinded-by-love star of Bruce Coville's "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" agrees to act in a skit despite his terrible stage fright, in order to impress his beloved Tiffany; several embarrassments, one Heimlich maneuver and an accident later, he lands in the hospital with a broken leg. Howe (who previously edited The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope) orchestrates a lively assortment of voices; what readers may enjoy most, however, are the authors' comments on their own adolescences-accompanied by photos of themselves at age 13. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2003 October)
Gr 6-9-Remember being 13? Ann Martin, Bruce Coville, Todd Strasser, Rachel Vail, Stephen Roos, Ron Koertge, and several other popular authors join Howe in writing about that awkward year. The stories are a mixture of humor, pathos, and poignancy, and most are based on personal experiences. Meg Cabot's "Kate the Great" deals with changing friendships and a first baby-sitting job that goes awry while Alex Sanchez's "If You Kiss a Boy" focuses on the awakening of sexuality. Ellen Wittlinger's "Noodle Soup for Nincompoops" is especially fun as Maggie becomes the advice columnist for her school paper and discovers what happens when people actually follow her suggestions. Lori Aurelia Williams deals realistically with the gang experience in "Black Holes and Basketball Sneakers." Howe has chosen excellent authors for this volume and they have written oh-so-true stories about that wonderful, terrible first year of being a teenager.-Janet Hilbun, formerly at Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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