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A Gathering of Flowers: Stories about Being Young in America

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Publisher Comments:

A young Chicano family places all its dreams for the future on a golden cockroach.

Children on a Chippewa reservation carve a tribal trickster from a block of ice in the middle of July.

A young black woman with a gift for preaching decides she'll fly on Sunday at the Perfect Peace Baptist Church.

Written by such distinguished authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois Lowry, Gary Soto, and Joyce Carol Thomas, the short stories in this collection are a celebration of diversity--a tribute to the races and cultures that make up America. Here are exquisitely crafted fables and fantasies, surprising turns of plots, intricate patterns, and powerful rhythms that take the reader from rural Oklahoma to a Chicago Latino barrio, from an East Coast neighborhood to urban San Francisco, and beyond. Here are stories that illuminate the glory, the splendor, the achings and failings of young people growing up across the country--and that address what it is truly like to be ethnic and American.

"Readers are treated to the cultural richness of [eleven] stories depicting the frustrations and celebrations of young people in the United States: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, White Americans, and Japanese Americans." —EJ. "The collection is rich and colorful, containing strong individual voices. A subtle and sophisticated assortment, dominated by an appealing honesty and authenticity." —C.

1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

Synopsis:

A groundbreaking anthology of stories written for young adults of all cultures, classes, and creeds, this collection of original tales reflects America's rich and diverse heritage. Touching on themes of compassion and intolerance, love and hope, the anthology offers a refreshingly different perspective of what it is like to be young in America.

Synopsis:

A young Chicano family places all its dreams for the future on a golden cockroach.

Children on a Chippewa reservation carve a tribal trickster from a block of ice in the middle of July.

A young black woman with a gift for preaching decides she'll fly on Sunday at the Perfect Peace Baptist Church.

Written by such distinguished authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois Lowry, Gary Soto, and Joyce Carol Thomas, the short stories in this collection are a celebration of diversity--a tribute to the races and cultures that make up America. Here are exquisitely crafted fables and fantasies, surprising turns of plots, intricate patterns, and powerful rhythms that take the reader from rural Oklahoma to a Chicago Latino barrio, from an East Coast neighborhood to urban San Francisco, and beyond. Here are stories that illuminate the glory, the splendor, the achings and failings of young people growing up across the country--and that address what it is truly like to be ethnic and American.

Readers are treated to the cultural richness of eleven stories depicting the frustrations and celebrations of young people in the United States: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, White Americans, and Japanese Americans. — EJ. The collection is rich and colorful, containing strong individual voices. A subtle and sophisticated assortment, dominated by an appealing honesty and authenticity. — C.

1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

About the Author

Joyce Carol Thomas was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and now lives in California. A poet, novelist, and playwright, she has been honored with the National Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for her work. In her latest book of poetry, A Mother's Heart, A Daughter's Love: Poems for Us to Share, she reflects on the lifelong relationship between mothers and daughters.

Table of Contents

Almost a whole trickster / Gerald Vizenor — The Harringtons' daughter / Lois Lowry — Going for the moon / Al Young — Christmas story of the golden cockroach / Ana Castillo — Autumn rose / Kevin Kyung — Young Reverend Zelma Lee Moses / Joyce Carol Thomas — First love / Gary Soto — After the war / Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston — Upstream / Gerald Haslam --Twisters and shouters / Maxine Hong Kingston — Colony /Rick Wernli.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780064470827
Editor:
Thomas, Joyce Carol
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Editor:
Thomas, Joyce Carol
Author:
Thomas, Joyce Carol
Author:
by Joyce Carol Thomas
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Juvenile literature
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Youth
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
no. OPSW-ODFW-200-3
Publication Date:
July 1992
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.125 in 12.16 oz
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking anthology of stories written for young adults of all cultures, classes, and creeds, this collection of original tales reflects America's rich and diverse heritage. Touching on themes of compassion and intolerance, love and hope, the anthology offers a refreshingly different perspective of what it is like to be young in America.

"Synopsis" by , A young Chicano family places all its dreams for the future on a golden cockroach.

Children on a Chippewa reservation carve a tribal trickster from a block of ice in the middle of July.

A young black woman with a gift for preaching decides she'll fly on Sunday at the Perfect Peace Baptist Church.

Written by such distinguished authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Lois Lowry, Gary Soto, and Joyce Carol Thomas, the short stories in this collection are a celebration of diversity--a tribute to the races and cultures that make up America. Here are exquisitely crafted fables and fantasies, surprising turns of plots, intricate patterns, and powerful rhythms that take the reader from rural Oklahoma to a Chicago Latino barrio, from an East Coast neighborhood to urban San Francisco, and beyond. Here are stories that illuminate the glory, the splendor, the achings and failings of young people growing up across the country--and that address what it is truly like to be ethnic and American.

Readers are treated to the cultural richness of eleven stories depicting the frustrations and celebrations of young people in the United States: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, White Americans, and Japanese Americans. — EJ. The collection is rich and colorful, containing strong individual voices. A subtle and sophisticated assortment, dominated by an appealing honesty and authenticity. — C.

1991 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

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