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Ten authors tell the story of Maggie and Jason who inherit a camera, some photographs, and seven shells from their photojournalist grandfather. These items will help the siblings discover all the people their grandfather was, and all the people they might become.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780439411387
0439411386
Branch Call Number: J FIC Click 3567
Characteristics: 217 p
Additional Contributors: Park, Linda Sue

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everydayathena
Jul 21, 2012

I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the idea of collaborative writing (one novel, ten authors). As an English teacher, I think this is a fabulous project idea (for the right group of students). I enjoyed the first 8-9 chapters of the book; I thought all the authors worked well to stay true to the characterization, etc that was established in the beginning. I can only imagine the compromises that were made behind the scenes - made by authors who are all well-established and who could have easily stormed off the project if things weren't going their way. I applaud their spirit of fun and cooperation!

But there always has to be that one kid in the class who's intent on wrecking everyone's fun. And Margo Lanagan did just that. I would have honestly preferred it if she had written, "And then _____ woke up. It had all just been a dream." Poor Gregory Maguire had to follow her chapter by picking up the plot somewhere in left field where she had abandoned it (actually, it was left field in another frikkin universe) and write the conclusion to the novel...a conclusion which left me scratching my head, wondering why the editor didn't just drop Lanagan from the project for her...insubordination. "Does not play well with others" - that's what I'd put on her report card...

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Aug 07, 2012

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Aug 07, 2012

When Maggie and Jason Keane receive gifts from their deceased grandfather George "Gee" Keane, they learn more about their grandfather as a photographer and a life-changer, and learn how their futures will turn out.

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