Sunday, February 3, 2008

Click by Ten Authors

I have wanted to get my hands on this book since I heard about the concept mooooonths ago! Budgetary issues at work have prevented this book from being purchased for our shelves until now, allowing me to just now get it in my little paws, but it was most definitely worth the wait. Ten authors participated in writing this book, including the talented Eoin Colfer, Linda Sue Park, Gregory Maguire and Tim Wynne-Jones, as well as a six other much-loved authors for children and teens. A unique concept turned into an incredibly unique story and one I hope all of you get a chance to read.

Click has been described as a short story collection, but it is really so much more than that. Each author wrote a chapter and each chapter flows into the next, creating characters that somehow intertwine, whether it be immediately or much later into the overall story. In the first "story" we meet Maggie and Jason and learn that their beloved grandfather, Gee, has just died, leaving them each a gift. Maggie is devastated at the loss of such a great man and such an amazing, world renowned photographer, yet is excited to tackle the puzzle he left behind. At first she believes it is just a box filled with seashells, but soon learns that her grandfather has left her a puzzle that will take her most of the rest of her life to complete, resulting in Maggie feeling close to him at all times.

The subsequent chapters follow Maggie as she goes on the puzzle quest Gee provided for her, as well as following Jason, her very troubled older brother, and a myriad of people and photograph subjects Gee met in his travels around the world. The reader gets many in-depth glimpses (is that an oxymoron?) into many different characters, which is definitely something that is not easy to accomplish. Typically there is one main character to a story and this has several, though it is still very easy to follow and understand.

I was very satisfied when I completed this book, though I wish the authors would get together and write another! It was fun to try and pinpoint who was writing which chapter, though it does say at the very beginning of the chapter, simply by knowing certain author's writing styles. Even if you've never read a book by any of these authors, this is an excellent example of talented writing at its best.

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