America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
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Annotation: Short stories about young people growing up in our diverse American society. Contributors include Gary Soto, Gish Jen, and Toni Cade Bambara.
Genre: Short stories
Catalog Number: #9735
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Persea Books
Copyright Date: 1993
Edition Date: 1993
Pages: viii, 152 pages
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-89255-191-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-07908-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-89255-191-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-07908-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 93003465
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
To make multiculturalism the theme of an anthology is like making LIFE the theme. Yes, we do need to redress the Eurocentric bias that has dominated kids' reading for so long, but a collection still needs some unifying principle other than that the 14 stories are about lots of American ethnic groups. However, there are some beautiful pieces here, and individual stories will stimulate classroom discussion. In fact, this collection is being used in a pilot volunteer program in New York City's middle schools. Lesley Namioka's The All-American Slurp is a hilarious comedy about table manners across cultures; Grace Paley's The Loudest Voice is a rich story about a Jewish girl in her school's Christmas play. Francisco Jim{‚}enez's The Circuit is a heartbreaking account of a migrant child laborer. Some of the best stories--such as Gish Jen's The White Umbrella and Langston Hughes' Thank You, M'am--have a poignant humor that makes us see how we are all vulnerable, all connected. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1993)
Horn Book
America's diversity is evident in the carefully selected anthology of fourteen short stories by established contemporary writers of books for both children and adults. A common thread in the tales of immigrant and minority childhood experiences in America is the affirmation of the human spirit. Poignant, humorous, and warm, the brief tales will aid youngsters in understanding themselves and others.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-Fourteen short stories about growing up in America's diverse society. Written by such authors as Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Lensey Namioka, Grace Paley, Gary Soto, and Michele Wallace, they range from powerful to poignant to downright hilarious. Readers will come away from this collection understanding what it is like to be a migrant worker, an African-American child in a white school, or a Jewish child cast in a Christmas pageant. ``The Wrong Lunch Line'' details the problems a Latina has when trying to eat with her best friend, who is Jewish; the Chinese-American Lin family has trouble dining in ``The All-American Slurp.'' While all but one of these stories have been published previously, it is a treat to have them pulled together here, reflecting as they do the dignity of individuals and the strength of family bonds across different cultures.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Word Count: 36,767
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 109372 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.9 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q17853
Lexile: 870L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique asthe friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here arefourteen stories about young people told by some of America's beststorytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier,Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jiménez, Mary K. Mazotti, NicholasaMohr, Toshio Mori, Leslie Namioka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Grace Paley, GarySoto, and Michele Wallace.

The journey / Duane Big Eagle
Raymond's run / Toni Cade Bambara
The circuit / Francisco Jimenez
The wrong lunch line / Nicholasa Mohr
The loudest voice / Grace Paley
Thank you, M'am / Langston Hughes
The all-American slurp / Lensey Namioka
The no-guitar blues / Gary Soto
Sixth grade / Michele Wallace
President Cleveland, where are you? / Robert Cormier
Business at eleven / Toshio Mori
La ciramella / Mary K. Marzotti
The white umbrella / Gish Jen
Hamadi / Naomi Shihab Nye.

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