Parents' Guide to

8 Plus 1

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sensitive portraits of kids growing up.

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Short stories are a great way to get teens reading; while this collection may not appeal to reluctant readers, its sensitive views about growing up do appeal to more avid readers. In two of the stories, "The Moustache" and "Guess What? I Almost Kissed My Father Goodnight," boys realize that their parents are individual people just as the boys are. Two stories deal with prejudice, religious and racial.

Perhaps the most heartwarming of the stories is "President Cleveland, Where Are You?" in which a boy and his friends become obsessed with collecting trading cards of presidents during the Depression. His older brother wants to take a girl to the dance, but has no money for shoes and a corsage for his girl. The boy sells his cherished President Cleveland card, and his brother goes to the dance. Readers must infer what has happened.

Book Details

  • Author: Robert Cormier
  • Genre: Short Stories
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 1, 1991
  • Number of pages: 196
  • Last updated: September 15, 2015

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