Up All Night; A Short Story Collection


This collection of short stories is about what happens at night. They cover anything from asking someone "What's up?" and meaning it to going to a rock concert.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The stories are short but full of detail and imagery. Teens will recognize the authors they enjoy ... and be introduced to a genre they don't usually read.

Content Awareness Factors:

Some of the stories you have to read more than once to understand.

Little Kid Reaction

These are interesting and entertaining stories and great for high school students. I really liked it because each of the stories was different. I picked the book because it was written by some of my favorite authors (Libba Bray, David Levithan), so that helped. There is something to learn in each of the stories (but I'm not telling what they are).

Parent Reaction

We liked that the stories were not just variations on a theme. They covered all kinds of ground. Although you might be tempted to read them all in one sitting, it was actually more fun to read one at a time because there is so much detail that you feel like you are part of the "experience."

Type of Book:
Young Adult authors each tell a story about something that happens after dark.
Educational Themes:

Teachers could use this book to talk about writing or short stories, but it is mostly a collection of thoughtful stories to enjoy.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Read by high school student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a good book: it's easy to read and the stories are fun.

Title Up All Night: A Short Story Collection
Author Peter Abrahams
Publisher HarperTeen, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780061370762
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthology
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