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Working Days: Short Stories about Teenagers at Work

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  4 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
In this anthology of fifteen, nearly all original, contemporary short stories, teenagers go to work, many of them for the first time. They take jobs to earn pocket money or to help their families get by. Some have a goal, like college; others use work to try on an identity or as a step toward independence. They work in fast food restaurants, sell subscriptions by telephone ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Persea Books
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Sarah Mae
Nov 16, 2007 Sarah Mae rated it really liked it
Gr. 6-up. Getting a job is one of the milestones of growing up. In this collection Anne Mazer has pulled together a strong group of stories from different cultures. From dishing out fast food to picking peppers to working at a hotel, these authors show that part time jobs are anything but boring. Whether the job is for pocket money or to help make ends meet, the protagonists of these stories learn a lot about themselves and the world. The engaging prose deals with simple as well as complex issue ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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Short stories by fifteen authors about working teenagers. This book reminded me how much I like short stories.
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"Day after day I rode my bike through the city traffic…" "Week after week I picked up my paycheck and put it in the bank. And each time I punched my card into the machine was a triumph of will, of persistence, of strength." (p. 100-- from The Pill Factory by Anne Mazer)
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Quite a lot of Anne Mazer’s writing education took place while she was unconscious. Her parents wanted desperately to become writers and made themselves get up at 4:00 a.m. Every morning in order to have writing time before their three young children awoke. The first thing Anne heard every day was two big, noisy electric typewriters. The furious sound of typing was her childhood wake-up music. Dur ...more
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