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The book that made me

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction 028.9 RID
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  028.9 RID
Monroeville Public Library Teen Books Y 028.9 BOOK
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Teen Books
Call Number  Y 028.9 BOOK
Just as authors create books, books create authors -- and these essays by thirty-one writers for young people offer a fascinating glimpse at the books that inspired them the most.

What if you could look inside your favorite authors' heads and see the book that led them to become who they are today? What was the book that made them fall in love, or made them understand something for the first time? What was the book that made them feel challenged in ways they never knew they could be, emotionally, intellectually, or politically? What book made them readers, or made them writers, or made them laugh, think, or cry? Join thirty-one top children's and young adult authors as they explore the books, stories, and experiences that changed them as readers -- for good.

Some of the contributors include:
Ambelin Kwaymullina
Mal Peet
Shaun Tan
Markus Zusak
Randa Abdel-Fattah
Alison Croggon
Ursula Dubosarsky
Simon French
Jaclyn Moriarty
Shaun Tan asks, why do you read? / Shaun Tan
A feverish desire to possess / Randa Abdel-Fattah
Twelve reasons / Markus Zusak
A short leap / Cathy Cassidy
"What happens next?" / Will Kostakis
The great sense of unease / Mandy Hager
Hooked (and a bit unsettled) / Shaun Tan
Thwack! / Fiona Wood
Becoming human / Bernard Beckett
Looking where I'm standing / Felicity Castagna
This world is more than what can be seen / Ambelin Kwaymullina
What the doctor recommended / Queenie Chan
Of magic and memory / Kate Constable
The big Scooby-Doo reveal / Rachael Craw
Sweet dreams and social fails / Simmone Howell
Every disgusting detail / Benjamin Law
Challenging the machinations of racism / Jared Thomas
Invested with enchantment / Alison Croggon
It looks like a comic / Mal Peet
My first reader / Ursula Dubosarsky
In folded arms / Cath Crowley
What would Edith do? / Emily Maguire
Putting the world to rights / Catherine Mayo
Beyond the influence / Ted Dawe
A sense of resolution / Simon French
Only white people lived in books / Catherine Johnson
Set my senses alight / Sue Lawson
Happy endings / Brigid Lowry
You'll go blind: a cautionary tale about the power of reading / Julia Lawrinson
Ingenious decisions / Sue McPherson
James remembering / James Roy
Seeing red / Jaclyn Moriarty.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this unusual anthology, 31 writers reflect on the books that made them as readers and as writers. The authors of these short personal essays hail mainly from Australia, with a few from New Zealand and England. Contributors include Markus Zusak, Kate Constable, Alison Croggon, and Mal Peet, though authors less well known in North America contributed several of the liveliest and most absorbing chapters. Illustrations include a photo of each writer as a child or teen, as well as many cartoonlike drawings by Tan, whose essay discusses artists as well as authors as influences. The chapters vary in length and approach, with many writers discussing multiple pivotal books, and one, Will Kostakis, telling the story of how an assignment to read Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987) made him a writer, even though he only read about six pages. The handy Books Mentioned in the Collection index offers a fine way to discover kindred spirits among authors. A good discussion starter among readers, this volume will intrigue many fans of children's and young adult books.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a volume originally published in Australia, Ridge asked more than 30 writers (including Ted Dawe, Ursula Dubosarsky, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Jaclyn Moriarty, Mal Peet, and Markus Zusak) to share the book that "made them readers, made them writers-made them the person they are today." Mandy Hager quotes George Orwell on the importance of "political purpose" as a motivation for his writing, while explaining how 1984 outraged and galvanized her "to make change for the better in my world." Fiona Wood calls on the words of L.M. Montgomery's characters in Anne of Green Gables to delineate eight "extremely useful things" she learned from that novel, including "Daydreaming is good for you" and "Feminism will save you." Photos of the authors as children lend another personal touch to the essays, and Shaun Tan intersperses entertaining cartoons of "random strangers" answering the question, "Why do you read?" ("I like urban paranormal Victorian steampunk speculative romance. A lot more than your dumb questions," snarks a young respondent). Impassioned and intimate, these essays create an eloquent ode to the power of story. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Authors -- Books and reading -- Juvenile literature.
Books and reading -- Juvenile literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- Juvenile literature.
Authors -- Books and reading.
Books and reading.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2017
Edition First U.S. edition.
Other Titles Feverish desire to possess.
Twelve reasons.
Short leap.
What happens next?
Great sense of unease.
Hooked (and a bit unsettled)
Becoming human.
Looking where I'm standing.
This world is more than what can be seen.
Contributors Ridge, Judith, editor.
Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Feverish desire to possess.
Zusak, Markus. Twelve reasons.
Cassidy, Cathy, 1962- Short leap.
Kostakis, Will. What happens next?
Hager, Mandy. Great sense of unease.
Tan, Shaun. Hooked (and a bit unsettled)
Wood, Fiona (Fiona Anna). Thwack!
Beckett, Bernard, 1967- Becoming human.
Castagna, Felicity. Looking where I'm standing.
Kwaymullina, Ambelin, 1975- This world is more than what can be seen.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xiii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9780763695491
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