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Book Title: Saturday, the Twelfth of October|
The author of the book: Norma Fox Mazer
Edition: Laurel Leaf
Date of issue: August 15th 1976
ISBN 13: 9780440995920
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.44 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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This was one of my favorite books as a kid. Was thrilled to discover it is still a good book when I read it as an adult. Zan, the protagonist, is transported back in time to a (presumed) prehistoric tribe. Zan's time with these people is a well written comming of age story. We never do learn who exactly the tribe is or why Zan was taken to them. All we know is that her transportation takes place in public when she is emotionally distraught ~ she spends quite a few months with this tribe and is magically transported back to her real life in another moment of emotional turmoil. When she returns, she discovers that she has actually only been gone a day. But she still has a token from her tribe as a physical reminder that she was really there and didn't just imagine the whole thing. I love that Mazer doesn't attempt to explain why all of this happens, she just tells the story. It does leave a lot of unanswered questions, especially regarding individual memnbers of the ancient tribe and what their future holds. However, to my knowledge she has never written a sequel.
A quick read and an awesome book. If you come across a copy at a library or yardsale, definately worth it. I'm lucky to own a copy & have read it many, many times :)
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Read information about the authorNorma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.
She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is also a writer. She also studied at Syracuse University.
New York Times Book Review contributor Ruth I. Gordon wrote that Mazer "has the skill to reveal the human qualities in both ordinary and extraordinary situations as young people mature....it would be a shame to limit their reading to young people, since they can show an adult reader much about the sometimes painful rite of adolescent passage into adulthood."
Among the honors Mazer earned for her writing were a National Book Award nomination in 1973, an American Library Association Notable Book citation in 1976, inclusion on the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year list in 1976, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1978, an Edgar Award in 1982, German Children's Literature prizes in 1982 and 1989, and a Newbery Medal in 1988.
Mazer taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program at Vermont College.
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