The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories

The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories

by Judith Ridge


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Just as authors create books, books create authors — and these essays by thirty-one writers for young people offer a fascinating glimpse at the books that inspired them the most.

What if you could look inside your favorite authors’ heads and see the book that led them to become who they are today? What was the book that made them fall in love, or made them understand something for the first time? What was the book that made them feel challenged in ways they never knew they could be, emotionally, intellectually, or politically? What book made them readers, or made them writers, or made them laugh, think, or cry? Join thirty-one top children’s and young adult authors as they explore the books, stories, and experiences that changed them as readers — for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763696719
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 351,451
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Judith Ridge is internationally recognized as one of Australia’s leading experts on literature for children and young adults. In a career spanning more than twenty years, she has worked as a teacher, writer, critic, and editor. Judith Ridge has taught children’s literature at several universities and is currently working toward a PhD in Australian children's and young adult fantasy fiction. She lives in South Windsor, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction Judith Ridge ix

Shaun Tan Asks, Why Do You Read? Shaun Tan 1

A Feverish Desire to Possess Randa Abdel-Fattah 3

Twelve Reasons Markus Zusak 11

A Short Leap Cathy Cassidy 15

"What Happens Next?" Will Kostakis 21

The Great Sense of Unease Mandy Hager 29

Hooked (and a Bit Unsettled) Shaun Tan 37

Thwack! Fiona Wood 45

Becoming Human Bernard Beckett 53

Looking Where I'm Standing Felicity Castagna 61

This World Is More Than What Can Be Seen Ambelin Kwaymullina 65

What the Doctor Recommended Queenie Chan 71

Of Magic and Memory Kate Constable 83

The Big Scooby-Doo Reveal Rachael Craw 91

Sweet Dreams and Social Fails Simmone Howell 99

Every Disgusting Detail Benjamin Law 105

Challenging the Machinations of Racism Jared Thomas 111

Invested with Enchantment Alison Croggon 119

It Looks Like a Comic Mal Peet 125

My First Reader Ursula Dubosarsky 131

In Folded Arms Cath Crowley 133

What Would Edith Do? Emily Maguire 139

Putting the World to Rights Catherine Mayo 147

Beyond the Influence Ted Dawe 155

A Sense of Resolution Simon French 161

Only White People Lived in Books Catherine Johnson 169

Set My Senses Alight Sue Lawson 175

Happy Endings Brigid Lowry 183

You'll Go Blind: A Cautionary Tale About the Power of Reading Julia Lawrinson 191

Ingenious Decisions Sue McPherson 197

James Remembering James Roy 205

Seeing Red Jaclyn Moriarty 213

About the Authors 221

About the Indigenous Literacy Foundation 231

Books Mentioned in the Collection 232

Writers Mentioned in the Collection 239

Acknowledgments 240

Copyright Acknowledgments 241

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