The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers

The Most Important Thing Stories about Sons Fathers and Grandfathers One of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons Luke sees the ghost of his father but can t figure out what Dad wants him to

  • Title: The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers
  • Author: Avi
  • ISBN: 9780763681111
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons.Luke sees the ghost of his father but can t figure out what Dad wants him to do Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he s just met and discovers what lies behind the man s erratic behavior Ryan has some surprising questions when he intervieOne of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons.Luke sees the ghost of his father but can t figure out what Dad wants him to do Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he s just met and discovers what lies behind the man s erratic behavior Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple award winning author Avi introduces seven boys boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to Each one shines a different light on the question What is the most important thing a father can do for his son

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    1. I had very mixed feelings about this book of short stories. Some felt like they had been written relatively recently, but others felt like old stories pulled out of the file cabinet to fill in the them of the book and seemed rather out of date to me. The theme - what’s the most important thing a father or grandfather can do for his son/grandson is to be there for him as he grows up - was sometimes lost in the story, other times quite clear. Avi does cover a range of fathers from neglectful and [...]

    2. I liked this book, though it was not what I'd expected. Seven stories, supposedly themed around the question, "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?" I think a question more appropriate for most of the stories would be, "What's the worst thing you could neglect to do for your son?"I didn't dislike the writing, and the stories were perfectly believable, but I just didn't get the point of most of them, other than showing how dads can screw up. The two stories I liked the best we [...]

    3. I'm generally not a fan of short stories because I'm usually just getting to know the characters when suddenly it's over. However I am a fan of Avi's writing, so I stuck with this. It's kind of a mixed bag of stories that all feature fathers, grandfathers and sons. They are all kind of timeless stories, so you can't really tell when they are set, but each did a decent job of revealing some angle of father/son-ness that was satisfying, though sometimes predictable.

    4. This book was a good 5 star book. It is full of short stories about far distance relationships, close relationships, mourning relatives and even gaining a step father. The boys, fathers and grandfathers go through meeting a relative and spending a week with them, getting beat up by a gang and your father not care for you but instead be disappointed in you or losing your father and releasing his ashes in the pond you and you're father loved to camp near. These stories are for you to be great full [...]

    5. Avi has skillfully examined the complex relationship between grandfathers, fathers, and sons. Each story shines a light on a different facet of this most basic of human relationships. Grandsons become confidants, sons make room for absent fathers, and a father's pride take center stage in this stories. The length of each story makes it ideal for young reluctant readers and young readers who like realistic fiction.

    6. I read this in a review and can't get it out of my mind--these stories feel like something that was sitting unfinished in a dresser or filing cabinet and just recently compiled into this book. They just don't --on the whole --feel fresh. Not one of Avi's best.Also, these are mostly depressing. The final story attempts to give a lighthearted ending, but yeah. Does fatherhood have to be this bleak?

    7. As a father, the title of this collection was very alluring. I listened with close attention for secrets on "The Most Important Thing". Yes, all the stories in this collection dealt with relationships among sons, fathers, and grandfathers. Yes, the author did have some morals to share. But no, I did not feel he lived up to his grand title.

    8. Some stories are more successfully executed than others, but overall, this is an insightful collection of stories about male family relationships. Covering a wide range of scenarios, Avi explores the dynamics of the successful and not-so-successful interactions in everyday life. Some are poignant, some are infuriating, and all feel authentic.Recommended for middle-school readers - Yr 5-9.

    9. This is a bunch of short stories about fathers, sons, and grandfathers, but almost all of them are dysfunctional and depressing, and the one where they have a decent relationship the father dies, so it's also depressing.

    10. I expected to be moved more by these stories. There were parts of it I enjoyed, but overall I didn't get a greater sense of the importance and power of the father/son bond that I was looking for.

    11. Okay if short stories are something your students are reading or if Avi is really popular. Neither is true in my library, and the stories verged on the schmaltzy.

    12. OK, I have always liked Avi's works. When I saw the title of this book, I read it with the idea that I would purchase it for my 33 year old son so that he could read it with his 2 sons. By the time I finished reading the second story, I knew I would not be purchasing my own family copy.I get it--a very effective way to determine what is important in a relationship is to examine relationships with that element missing. But I expect the stories to lead to the conclusion about something as signific [...]

    13. 3.5 starsI was hoping for some heartfelt moments within these stories, some ahh moments that would leave smiling as these stories capture the relationship between sons and their fathers/grandfathers. After reading all seven short stories, about half of them were what I expected and the other half were something totally different. There is something about Avi stories that I love and this has always been the case since I started reading them to my son. My son is in college now but I remember readi [...]

    14. I am unfamiliar with the author Avi. But being a father of two young children I'm always interested to read about fatherhood so I picked up this short collection of short stories focused on the theme of sons and fathers and grandfathers. And while I wasn't expecting sunshine and roses from every story I was hoping for at least some glimmer of good vibrations.Alas, none of the sons have very good fathers. The one who does, well, his dad is dead. Unfortunately none of the sons really completely wo [...]

    15. Group of short stories all about sons, fathers, grandfathers - very good, very cheesy, nostalgic all of that jazz. I did appreciate the stories. I'm not sure how many teens would simply pick this book up and read it. It kind of read like of those chicken soup for the soul books. All grade YA read. Optional purchase.

    16. Sweet short stories geared for upper elementary and middle school students about the roles that dads and grandfathers play in young lives.

    17. This story was pretty good. It was like those movies that share different stories that all have one overall meaning.The book is about a collection of stores about sons, grandsons, fathers, and grandfathers. Each one was either a happy or depressing story about relationships between families. Each story has its own plot or backstory, Like in the story, The Amalfi Duo, a boy and his grandfather take recorder lessons together. The son is very good and appears to be naturally talented, but the grand [...]

    18. Avi has been a beloved storyteller for…a long time now. This collection of short stories revolves around the complicated relationships between fathers and sons. I enjoyed how he presents a range of relationships of varying degrees of closeness and understanding.Being fairly short stories—I read the whole book in about 90 minutes, they don’t have long or complex plot development. Some of them even have an open-ended finish, leaving it up to the reader to interpret what might happen to the c [...]

    19. I received an ARC from a reader affiliate program. I love Avi's middle grades writing because his characters are relatable and emotionally uncomplicated. Characters operate under fairly simple rules and are quick to change after a lesson is taught or a conversation is had. Perhaps that's emotionaly simplicity could make this anthology less appealing to adult readers, but for readers who need that sort of clarity, this anthology could be a boon. This is a great book to sneak to a student who has [...]

    20. Short story collections do not circulate at our middle school library and this one will not help our cause! Wait. Maybe those are too broad of strokes both about our readers and this text. One of the reasons I read this well-reviewed recently published collection of short stories is to try to understand how to sell them to students and how to promote this part of our Library resources. I have a lot of work to do in this department. If the setting and characterization were stronger, I might've fe [...]

    21. As always one of my favorite young adult authors, Avi, does not disappoint with this interesting collection of stories about all kinds of fathers, sons, and grandfathers. Real relationships are messy and complicated and meaningful - he reflects all of those aspects and more, but it all comes down to how people try to love one another.

    22. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: STORIES ABOUT SONS, FATHERS, AND GRANDFATHERS by Avi shares seven short stories exploring the complicated emotions experienced by boys and their dads.From a boy meeting his grandfather for the first time to a child interviewing potential stepfathers, each story explores a different aspect of interpersonal relationships. While some stories focus on bullying, abandonment, abuse, and neglect, others explore acceptance, compassion, and discovery.Librarians will find that th [...]

    23. The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers is a friction book about exactly what the title tells you, stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers. Each chapter in this book is a different story about either a son and father, a grandfather and grandson, etc. People who enjoy short books or little stories that aren't too long and complicated. This book has multiple stories but one of my favorites would be about this kid who's father leaves him with his grandfather, w [...]

    24. I love short stories, and middle grade guys would surely like to be able to read one quick story, put the book down, and then start a new one. Great for those of us with short attention spans or needing something quick to read. The male protagonists in these stories were primarily 11 and 12 year olds. A variety of relationships between these boys and their dads, grandads, step-dads were explored. I thought the characters and voices of the guys rang true. What did surprise me was that a number of [...]

    25. This collection of short stories introduces 7 boys and their relationships to their fathers and grandfathers. Though the cover suggests a positive portrayal of relationships between male relatives, most of the father/son dynamics in the stories are strained, and in one case, the father never appears in the story at all. Most of the stories end on an awkward note, as though they are unfinished, and some of them never really even build up enough momentum to engage the reader in the first place. Th [...]

    26. It's interesting to me that in a book that is "stories about sons, fathers, and grandfathers" so many of the stories featured the absence (either physical or emotional) of the fathers. I suppose that troubled or fraught relationships make for more dynamic stories, but it is just for that reason that I find stories of gently loving relationships so satisfying when they do show up. My favorite story was the one with the know-it-all grandfather who has a hard time admitting that his grandson is a h [...]

    27. Listened to October 2016Narration was ok.Collection of short stories with the theme of fathers, sons and grandfathers, but I'm not entirely sure this collection would really appeal to 10-13 year old boys. Some of the boys, especially in the story about the stolen bike, seemed very immature, others I just didn't really connect to. Additionally, I was not impressed with the fathers and grandfathers in the book. With the exception of the dad who died, the dads were either absent or jerks, causing t [...]

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