In this brand-new collection of short stories, Aidan Chambers
explores moments of truth, when a character or an event suddenly
reveals an often-surprising meaning: A girl loses her humanity when
she takes a summer job as a theme-park character; a boy tries to
save a girl from a fiery death, only to discover the same event
happened one hundred years before. And the titular story, in which
an innocent game takes a fatal turn, will haunt the reader for a
These provocative stories beautifully lend themselves to
discussion, and once again Chambers treats us to his fiercely
intelligent, finely crafted prose and his incisive understanding of
the wonderings of young people on the verge of adulthood.
Awards and praise for the work of Aidan Chambers
Michael L. Printz AwardCarnegie MedalHans Christian Andersen
Award "Beautifully written, emotionally touching, and
intellectually challenging." --"VOYA" "Jam-packed with ideas and
passionate characters." --"Publishers Weekly
""A marvelous wordsmith and magical storyteller." --"ALAN
"Disturbing, groundbreaking . . . original." --"Books for
Praise for "The Kissing Game
""His Chambers] sophisticated yet simple style is perfectly suited
for an exploration of the new form of flash fictions--multi-genre
drabbles that top out at 1,000 words--as well as standard
short-story form. Thoughtful, challenging reading for teens on the
cusp of adulthood." -"Kirkus Reviews
"more meaningful discussion and deeper understanding will only come
from teens with more life experience, and there's real potential
for possible use in high school English classes." -"School Library
"Models for flash fiction and the short-story form as well as
points of departure for challenging open-ended discussion, the
stories in this collection lend themselves to multiple curricular
uses as well as thoughtful personal reading." -"Bulletin of the
Center for Children's Books"
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