The Most Important Thing (Hardcover)
Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers
Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763681111, 224pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
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 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?
About the Author
Avi is one of the most celebrated authors writing for children today, having received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Scott O'Dell Award, the Christopher Award, the Newbery Medal, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Colorado.