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A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth

A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth Anne Mazer (Editor)

This volume of sixteen stories, written by some of the world's best writers—including three Nobel Prize winners—will transport readers to all parts of the globe to meet kindred spirits in other cultures on their journeys to adulthood. In Heinrich Bll's "The Balek Scales," a young German boy heroically tries to redress the centuries of injustice in his village. In Yasunari Kawabata's "The Jay," a girl's interest in a mother jay separated from her young becomes a metaphor for her own estrangement from her father. Set during the Pinochet regime in Chile, "The Composition" by Antonio Skarmeta is the story of a boy who resists betraying his parents through a routine school assignment. In Jamaica Kincaid's "To the Jetty," a teenage girl embarks on her first journey away from her island home of Antigua and into the wider world. Also included are stories by Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Toni Cade Bambara (United States), Italo Calvino (Italy), Anita Desai (India), Elizabeth Jolley (Australia), Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt), Frank O'Connor (Ireland), V. S. Pritchett (England), Valentin Rasputin (Russia), Cora Sandel (Norway), and Xiao Hong (China).

Praise for the Book:
"High in literary merit and accessible to teens."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This collection offers many compelling tales for pleasure reading or classroom discussion."—School Library Journal

About the Editor:
Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room, winner of the Keystone to Reading Book Award and a Reading Rainbow Feature Selection.

Other anthologies from Persea edited by Anne Mazer:
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
Going Where I'm Coming From: Memoirs of American Youth
Working Days: Short Stories about Teenagers at Work

Paperback / $12.95 U.S. / ISBN: 978-0-89255-249-8 / 224 pages / Young Adult Fiction Anthology (ages 12+)

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