Throwing Shadows

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About The Book

' A retired college president is determined to best a young beachcomber

' A store manager accuses a boy of shoplifting

' A tour guide strikes a bargain with an enterprising orphan

' A boy recovering from a broken arm befriends an elderly woman

in an old folks' home

' A widow and her son seize an opportunity presented

by a pair of antiques dealers

In each of these extraordinary short stories from the perceptive pen of E. L. Konigsburg, a chance meeting between two people casts a shadow on what things have been and what they can become, and changes a life forever.

About The Author

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E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday. Among her other acclaimed books are Silent to the BoneThe Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place, and The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 2007)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416949596
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"five short stories...all crisp and compactly tailored in setting forth their common theme of self-awareness."

-- Booklist, starred review

"Five short stories...all crisp and compactly tailored in setting forth their common theme of self-awareness." -- Booklist, starred review

Awards and Honors

  • National Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Phoenix Award Winner

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