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Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Macmillan 2016. 388 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781250079121 (hardcover)
9781250079138 (paperback)
9781466891753 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Anthology

Text Elements:

characterization, dialogue, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This compilation of 12 summer romance stories written by 12 bestselling young adult writers provides 12 unique perspectives on young love.

In “The End of Love,” Flora attempts to escape her parents’ divorce by attending summer school. The divorce is not easy for Flora: “There is a beehive in my body, swarming and dangerous, but I tamp it down and say, ‘That’s great for you.’” At school Flora reacquaints with Mimi, and pretty soon she is smitten.

“Dear reader, I want to assure you that this is not a story about love or romance,” begins the story entitled “Love is the Last Resort.” It takes place at a country club and involves three guys and three girls falling in love with each other. Told in a witty style, the story provides lightness and comic relief.

“Souvenirs” offers one day in Matthew’s life as he anticipates that his boyfriend Keith is going to break up with him. The language is both humorous (“What if I never meet another guy who is perfect kissing height?”) and bittersweet (“My heart throbs. My ankle throbs. I hope none of this will hurt so much once he’s in a different time zone.”)

The stories included in the anthology tackle a range of serious topics in addition to first kisses and painful goodbyes, and will afford readers a lot to think about.

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    The stories can be used as models for the production of narrative texts, for response to literature, literary inquiry or genre/author studies. Read the authors’ short biographies prior to selecting stories. If possible, make connections between the stories and other work(s) of the author.

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    Select one of the short stories and discuss the way relationships are portrayed. What are the benefits of being in a romantic relationship? What are the challenges?

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    Read only the first line from “Love is the Last Resort.” In a reader/writer’s notebook, do a quickwrite about what comes to mind, then continue the narrative.

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    Research the authors by visiting their official websites. Complete a class graphic organizer with the title, the the author’s name and a prediction about the genre in which the short story will be written.

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    Select one of the short stories and compare it with other works by the same author. How are they the same and different? Complete a Venn diagram.

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    “Every summer has its own story” is the quote from the back cover. Interview family or friends, or research stories online using teacher-selected sites, to get inspired to create a new summer love story. Write it while staying true to the genre you choose. Collate a class collection of short stories.

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