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Click: One Novel, Ten Authors

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,851 ratings  ·  373 reviews
A camera.
Some photographs.
A box with seven shells.
And many mysteries.

Those are the things that Maggie and Jason inherited from their grandfather, the famed photojournalist George "Gee" Keane. Gee traveled from Ireland to Russia, Japan to Australia, taking pictures of people at work, at war, in sports, and at play. Now Jason receives Gee's photographs and camera--though he
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2007)
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Rebecca McNutt
Nostalgic, deep and full of incredible prose sharing the beauty of life, Click is an important reminder to appreciate the little things that make existence so worthwhile.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
The concept is incredibly intriguing and I liked more than half of the stories and really liked a few, especially the beginning chapter by Linda Sue Park, the chapter by Sarah Ellis, and the chapter by Margo Lanagan. How strange that all the chapters that really spoke to me are by female authors, even though one of them is not about a young girl. Some of the authors took the "assignment" to heart and tried to fit their tales with the stage that Park set up in the first chapter, but others did no ...more
Mar 28, 2008 rated it liked it
This started out very strong--Gee, a photojournalist, has recently died, and his granddaughter is having a particularly hard time moving past it. Through the gifts Gee left for Maggie and her brother Jason, the reader explores Gee's travels around the globe and meets the strangers he met. Each chapter is written by a different author, but they all have a similar feel, so it's not even disjointed. Some stories are more realistic than others, but the ending kind of falls apart: it veers into a sci ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting journey. It's the first time I've read a book in which the story is continuous and connected, but each chapter has a different author and so builds in parallel and fantastic ways as it goes along.

I originally grabbed the book from a donation shelf because I liked a few of the authors, but I was not disappointed by any of them. Storytelling was good and I found all of the characters compelling. It was also a quick read, so definitely worth it if you have a little ext
Jonas Plank
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
September 19, 2014

At first the novel is really sad. Maggie's grandpa, Gee died. Maggie was really sad that he died because they were very close to each other. Every time Gee would come back from one of his travels, Maggie and him would have their story exchange. Another reason that Maggie is really sad is that she will miss the gifts Gee would have brought her from the places that he went to. Once Gee brought her a glass prism and it would make rainbows all over her room. In all there are many r
Gwen the Librarian
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenbooks
Maggie is a young girl whose beloved grandfather, a famous photojournalist called “Gee,” has just died, leaving her a special package. Rather than opening it right away, Maggie goes through a grieving process for weeks. Finally, she is ready, and what she finds in Gee’s package sends her on the journey of a lifetime. This is a “jump” story, one where several authors write short stories, all tied together with one “jump character” or “jump object.” In this book, Grandpa Gee is the “jump character ...more
The first time I read this, it was brilliance.

The second time I read this, I was disappointed.

Despite my memories of mixed feelings, I still felt fond of this strange little novel, so I decided to read it one more time for Reread Your Favorite Book Month. And I must agree with my original judgment.

It is brilliance.

It's just so UNIQUE. Ten authors got together and actually came up with something original, which is real hard to do these days. And not only is it original, it's cool and interesting
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The proceeds from this novel go to Amnesty International, and that theme does run a bit through the chapters. Each chapter is written by a different author, and some of them are big names like David Almond, Nick Hornby, Gregory Maguire, and others. The overall theme is that a photojournalist dies and leaves some gifts to his grandchildren. Maggie receives a box of shells and Jason receives a stack of autographed photographs. Interesting enough, eh? But then each chapter gives the reader a little ...more
Tosha Sisler
This novel is about George Keane and the effect he had on various individuals. After his death, his grandchildren and his daughter search to find a deeper understanding of who Keane was. Although they find some answers to the question, they wind up discovering a lot more questions about Keane. However, they do develop a greater sense of themselves in the process. This increased sense of identity is something "Gee" helped others find throughout his life. Although, the reader develops the sense t ...more
Sarah Mae
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: VJ Hamilton
10 authors, 10 chapters, one novel.

When Maggie and Jason's grandfather, photo-journalist George "Gee" Keane dies, he leaves them simple gifts that turn out to be windows into his fascinating and complicated life. Each chapter deals with a different character. They can be read as stand-alone short stories but the whole story is revealed when they are read together.

Highly Recommended
Heidi Campbell
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
One novel, ten chapters, ten authors. I started out truly enjoying this one but, it lost me towards the end. So much potential...each chapter is unique and yet the last couple of chapters just didn't work for me, the sci-fi/futuristic style seemed completely out of place. Good, but not great.

"Yes. There is an astonishing thing there. A mystery. And sometimes the biggest mystery of all is how a mystery might help to solve another mystery......Pick the sense out of that!"
Deborah Bancroft
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Told by multiple authors, this is a story about Gee, a world travelling photojournalist named G. Keane, now deceased, and his grandchildren Maggie and Jason. The stories refract and reflect the images and mysteries left behind in his photos.

Loved it! Bring kleenex.
Juan Carlos
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the different types of writing through the book because of the several authors. However, I really when the author goes straight to the point and in this book there where a lot of describing details which made the reading sometimes boring. Even though, I like the several stories were talking about the same character with different perspectives.
Jennifer Wardrip
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How many times have you looked at a photograph and wondered what the story was behind it? Photographs indicate relationships within and among people and nature. Photographs document one's perception of the world.

George Keane Henschler, or "Gee" as he likes to be called, and his granddaughter, Maggie, are the epicenter for all the stories in the book CLICK. The book starts off with a short story by Linda Sue Park. The authors that contributed to
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction, 2012
The idea is interesting: Maggie inherits a box of shells from her beloved, deceased grandfather, “Gee”. The box has a message for her: “Put them back”. Each of the chapters uncovers something about the original owners of the shells or shows you the impact of this gift on Maggie and her brother Jason.

Written as a fund-raiser for Amnesty International, the big ‘twist’ here is that every chapter is written by a different author. That, in my opinion, is what brings this book down from great to just
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone:)
Recommended to estefania. by: ____
Shelves: 3rd-quarter
A camera, photographers, and witnesses. "Click", by Linda Sue Park, was great. "Click" went from the past to the present to the future. It was one story by ten authors; and that was amazing. Each author had his or her own way of writing and own twists to the story, and when they all intertwined, it created one single great story.
Maggie Keane had recently lost her grandfather,Gee (a most famous photojournalist),which was like a second father to her. However, it seemed Gee had known this for qui
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This book started out with great promise. I was excited about the ten author's thing, and it was greatly written the first 3/4 of the book. The last couple of chapters kind of killed the book for me. I think there were two reasons why this book sucked me in. First off, Linda Sue Park started the story,and she is a wonderful author. I was drawn in immediately and connected with the characters. I also loved that there was a photography aspect to this book. Reading this book gave me inspiration to ...more
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic
Wow, the ending of this book was not what I all. The novel is by several different authors, each of whom wrote one chapter from a different character's perspective. The story revolves around a photographer nicknamed "Gee," and chapter is told from the point of view of someone who knew him or met him on his travels. I have no idea what kind of child I would ever give this boook to. If I'm going to be honest, I think I would have HATED reading this as a kid. Some of the characters ta ...more
Rebecca Honeycutt
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
“One novel, ten authors” is the tagline for Click, and the roster of authors includes some of the hottest talents in teen literature. Each author contributes one chapter, and each chapter is one piece of the life and legacy of George “Gee” Keane, photojournalist and adventurer. Gee’s mysterious parting gift to his granddaughter Maggie sends Maggie on a worldwide quest for understanding, and her journey is the consistent thread that runs throughout the otherwise sketchy plot. Encompassing wide-ra ...more
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: meh
Recommended to Jamie by: Capitol Choices
Shelves: short-stories, 12-14
This is an anthology of short stories all on the same topic. I *think* it seems as if each author wrote theirs as a follow up from the one that came before.

Unfortunately, I found that most of the authors did *exactly* what you are used to them doing. David Almond - a hint of murky magic in the North of England. Deborah Ellis - the plight of those in a 3rd world country. Margo Lanegan - bizarre science fiction. I liked Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle's the best, but no surprise there as I, too, do ex
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked up Click: One Novel Ten Authors at our local library book sale. It looked like an intriguing idea. This young adult novel was actually written by ten award winning YA authors. They weave the story of Maggie and Jason’s inheritance from their grandfather, a world-renowned photojournalist. Each story was unique. Some worked better than others. It seemed more like an anthology of short stories with a common theme than a novel. I found it to be a good read… but I’d be interested in what yo ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: jr-high-fiction
Ten authors contribute their writing for this novel about photographer George "Gee" Keane. The chapters all connect in some way but I had a hard time understanding alot of the different writing styles. I'll have to have my friend Terri read this and explain it to me. It had a bit of foul language in it so I definatly wouldn't recommend it for elementary schools (not that we want anyone reading foul language!). Just O.K. for me.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. Not ALL of the stories really... uh... click, but the sum is greater than the total of its parts. I just recently finished reading Everything Matters and I felt this book was working towards similar goals in its message/execution and in the end I found Click to be the better of the two.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Concept over content - basically the only true theme of this book is that most authors have no idea how to write in a child's voice.

A few standout vignettes made it bearable, but that's... man, it's just not enough.
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun to read and to connect out which chapters were written by which authors. While some of the stories/chapters didn't work for me, I enjoyed the overall premise and would have loved for the story to have included even more chapters. So many threads left undone...
Camille W.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Click" is about Gee, Maggie and Jason's grandfather. He's already dead by the beginning of the book, but the entire story centers around him and what he did. The book doesn't follow a conventional plot structure, since every chapter is written by a different author. Instead, each chapter is a mini story, and the thread that holds all the chapters together is Gee and his photography.

The most important theme in the book is that one person can affect the world for lifetimes. I think this is the th
Interesting concept- each chapter written by a different author- tells from different perspectives, bouncing around in time, the legacy of the Keane family of photographers. Book theme is about common plight of humanity, social justice, and societal problems. All the book royalties benefited Amnesty International. I was surprised and even a bit confused when the book jumped into the future. I don't know that I totally understood everything, and many of the chapters require an entire reading befo ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This story centers around "Gee" Keane a photojournalist who dies and leaves photos to his grandson Jason and a box of shells for his granddaughter Maggie. Each chapter explores a different character and their relationship to a photo or a shell.

I thought the individual chapters were interesting, but the book as whole was not cohesive. The authors did not try to merge the story together and answer questions from the story--so many things were left hanging. The last two chapters took the story on
Michelle Stallman
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-books
I read this book when I was probably in 8th or 9th grade and I loved it. I recently stumbled upon and it, and I thought that I would read it again since I remembered loving it so much. I didn't remember the majority of the plot, so I was still pleasantly surprised throughout. There are a few chapters I'm not very fond of, but since each one is written by a different author and only lasted about 30 pages, it was easy to want to keep reading.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is alright, it's a very quick read and full of short stories that the ten different authors tried to intertwine. It's surely a unique book with all these authors! Although some of the chapters seemed off base, one in particular definitely caught my attention and stuck with me as the best chapter in the whole book: Chapter 7 - Min. Other than that, if you're just looking for a quick read of fiction this is the book for you!
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