An all-star list of authors collaborates on a world-class mystery!
By Nick Hornby, Roddy Doyle, Gregory Maguire, Linda Sue Park, David Almond, Tim Wynne-Jones, Ruth Ozeki, Deborah Ellis, Margo Lanagan, and Eoin Colfer
A box with seven shells.
And many mysteries.
Those are the things that Maggie and Jason inherited from their grandfather, the famed photojournalist George "Gee" Keane. Gee traveled from Ireland to Russia, Japan to Australia, taking pictures of people at work, at war, in sports, and at play. Now Jason receives Gee's photographs and camera - though he has no idea what to do with them. And Gee leaves Maggie with the puzzle of the seven shells - one that might take her whole life to solve. As Maggie and Jason use these gifts, they will discover all the people their grandfather was... and all the people they might yet become.
Ten bestselling, award-winning authors unite for a novel of brilliant writing, global adventure, and constant surprise. Your purchase of this book will benefit Amnesty International, but the pleasure will be entirely your own.
Reviews and Awards
"Readers find themselves in the present, the past and the future, as well as all over the world. This fluidity of time and setting, along with the large number of characters, might have resulted in a chaotic feel, but skillful writing (and presumably editing) overcomes this potential problem.... Each chapter is distinct enough to reveal a bit about its author while effectively contributing to the overall portrait of a complex, committed, elusive man. While some readers may find the narrative jumps too challenging, those who follow the multi-strand plot will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging read." - Kirkus Reviews
"After author Roddy Doyle suggested a collaborative novel to support Amnesty International, editor Arthur Levine sent a concept manuscript to 10 of his favorite authors, leaving the rest up to them. The unifying link turned out to be a character called George "Gee" Keane, a world-famous photojournalist. David Almond, Tim Wynne-Jones, Linda Sue Park, Ruth Ozeki, and Nick Hornby are among the collaborators, each of whom provides a snapshot of Gee as derived from the objects in his photographs or through the eyes of his descendants. While moving back and forth in time and place, the contributions come together in a surprisingly satisfying whole, as clues in each successive chapter gradually bring the man and the mystery surrounding him into sharp focus. Deborah Ellis's story is especially moving; Margo Lanagan provides a typically stunning twist in hers. Other contributors are Doyle, Eoin Colfer, and Gregory Maguire. Try this with high-school writing clases." - Booklist
"This beautifully crafted book brings together 10 authors, all of whom are great storytellers, to create a shared novel.... David Almond’s magical realism and rich symbolism are wonderful in the story of Annie L., whose picture Gee takes. The question of whether Annie is a mermaid or a special-needs child is irrelevant to the message of the healing power of love. Eoin Colfer humorously captures the truculence of teenager Jason, while Deborah Ellis visits, as she often does, a war zone and explores the impact of war on people. Gregory Maguire, playful and witty, nicely wraps things up with a chapter set in the future... As strong in execution as it is in concept, the novel can be appreciated on a number of levels. Budding photographers in particular will value the message of the need to see what is around us." - School Library Journal
"The agglomeration of related tales gives the authors a chance to do what they do best: Almond offers a lovely musing on faith from the sun-dappled Northumbrian coast; Deborah Ellis, a fierce look at hope in a Soviet prison; Margo Lanagan, a keenly provocative glimpse into a post–global warming future in Australia. Gregory Maguire conjures a science-fictional finale that manages in masterly fashion to tie the diverse strands back together into one coherent story.... A chance to see ten of the best in the business in an entirely new setting." - Horn Book
"Ten distinguished authors each write a chapter of this intriguing novel of mystery and family.... The authors’ distinctive styles remain evident; although readers expecting a more straightforward or linear story may find the leaps through time and place challenging, the thematic currents help the chapters gel into a cohesive whole." - Publishers Weekly
“…as a study of the characteristics of each writer and the way in which they develop, build and manipulate a story, it's a fascinating read… Alongside the sometimes surprising twists and turns taken by the family drama in the stories that follow, there are adventures, war stories, tales of far-off places and even a futuristic science-fiction story. Readers will all have their preferences, offering great possibilities for classroom discussions…” - The Guardian
CLICK featured on NPR!
On Tuesday, October 2nd, NPR's Morning Edition aired an interview with Linda Sue Park, Ruth Ozeki, and Arthur A. Levine, moderated by host Deborah Amos, about the creation of the collaborative novel, Click. To listen to the interview and read excerpts from the book, click here.
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: Amnesty Education Ltd.
Translation Rights: Amnesty Education Ltd.
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