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Click

Posted by Laura on April 29, 2008

Have you ever started writing a story in class and passed the notebook to the person behind you for them to continue? This isn’t quite how Click came to be, but it can give you an idea. Ten popular young adult writers wrote one chapter each to make up a book that tells the story of the career and life of photojournalist George “Gee” Keane and a bit about the lives of some of the people he touched.

I am not sure how to categorize this book. Certainly it is a novel, but it is a mystery, a history, and a fantasy, sort of. The book starts shortly after the death of Grandpa Gee when his grandchildren receive the items he left for them in his will. Maggie receives a box with seven compartments, each with a letter on it and a shell inside. She is told to “throw them back.” Jason receives Grandpa Gee’s camera along with a box of old photographs each signed to Jason by the subjects. Some of the photographs are older than Jason.

The chapters switch viewpoints, continents and time. The authors who contributed to the novel are: Linda Sue Park, David Almond, Eoin Colfer, Deborah Ellis, Nick Hornby, Roddy Doyle, Tim Wynne-Jones, Ruth Ozeki, Margo Lanagan and Gregory Maguire. All proceeds from the novel go to Amnesty International.

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