Flying Lessons & Other Stories
ISBN: 110193459X
EAN13: 9781101934593
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 3, 2017
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 8.5" H x 5.88" L x 0.77" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology--written by the best children's authors--celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pe a, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children's publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

Table of Contents & Cast of Narrators:
Foreword, written and read by Ellen Oh
How to Transform an Everyday Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium by Matt de la Pe a, read by Dion Graham
The Difficult Path by Grace Lin, read by Samantha Quan
Sol Painting, Inc., written and read by Meg Medina
Secret Samantha by Tim Federle, read by Julia Whelan
The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn by Kelly J. Baptist, read by Adam Lazarre-White
Choctaw Bigfoot, Midnight in the Mountains, written and read by Tim Tingle
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5
   Great collection of stories for middle school children/teens
This is a remarkable anthology, with a mixture of genres and perspectives represented. Most of these stories are about ageing, beginning to take on more mature responsibilities while descending into a less rosy-colored understanding of the world. I think not all of them are 5-score stories, but that's because they just don't fit my taste. It is, however, an excellent book by and large.
 
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   Critical race theory introduction
This book was required for summer reading by my daughters'school. After reading it with her, we stopped at page seven due to the stereotyping of race, hatred toward law enforcement and racial tension. I do not recommend this book, as it teaches this quality to children.
 
5
   A Slice of Contemporary America
The book caused a stir in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with parents if school children who objected to its content, as reported in a local newspaper. As a retired educator, this stimulated my curiosity and led me to order this book to see what all the hoopla was about. I found nothing objectionable about the stories with the focus on diversity and inclusiveness. To me, this book is an honest and tactful approach to celebrate the unique and common traits we all share as Americans, regardless of cultural differences or sexual orientation. It's reality! It is a slice of 21st century America!
 
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   worth it for the first two stories alone...
I am a reading aloud volunteer at the school my son goes to, and good short stories for grades 3-5 can be hard to find. In fact, I was shocked by the first attention given to the quiet story by Matt de la Pea. Beans and Rice Chronicle... is good too, though I would have to fit it some to fit in the half-hour slot I get. Sol painting is good material, but IMO the writing is just a bit awkward -- kind of like I would write if I had the time. I personally did not sign up for the message in the title story, Flying Lessons. There are certain situations that might warrant the deceit, but I felt the deceitfulness that was depicted in this story was gratuitous, so I would not use it.
 
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   Terrible
Some of these stories are poorly written and not realistic in character dialogue. I can tell you that some authors haven't experienced what they are writing about. Not all of these stories seem appropriate for the young age group they are written for. It is not a topic for children. Its manipulative power is :
 
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   He found it "boring" but I did not pay much attention to that as he does not enjoy reading. However
He is entering the 7th grade. He found it a bit tedious, but I paid not much attention to it, as he does not enjoy reading. Most of his friends, however, even the readers, did not find this interesting. For this age, it is probably not a good book.
 
5
   A highly enjoyable and thought-provoking read
I adored this anthology absolutely ''. Each of these stories features a marginalized child and the stories address and incorporate their identity without being exclusively an issue story. Secret Samantha is a secret by Tim Federle, which involves a new kid developing a crush on the queergender girl in their class and drawing her name for Secret Santa. Soman Chainani's Flying Lessons is a story in which a shy Indian American boy goes on a vacation to Europe with his grandmother and finds unexpected friends.
 
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   Great Diverse Collection!
This was a fantastic short story collection for middle readers! A few stories seemed to drag and throw my pace, hence the 4 stars instead of 5! Can 't wait to talk about this title with my fifth graders!
 
5
   Teachers, Parents and Picky Teens - you have met the answer to your reading needs
I can not say enough good things about these stories! First of all, the writers are all excellent in their own right, and I have read a couple of their full novels before, so I expected good things, but not to this level! The first story is PERFECT for good readers who like basketball or any reader who needs a reluctant male story about persistence in achieving goals. I had to read several of them multiple times just because they were THAT good. The stories are short enough for anyone to finish pretty quickly, but still fully complete on their plot line. I have recommended it to several other teachers who purchased it for their classrooms.
 
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