Glory Days and Other Stories

Another Gillian Chan novel for young people.

Rachel…
…longs to be accepted and is terrified that her eccentric family will prevent this. Matters come to a head when her brother, Aaron, becomes ‘famous’, or as far as Rachel is concerned, ‘infamous’.

Art…
…appears to be perfect: good looking, wealthy, a top student and athlete; helpful towards others. Is this the true Art? What is his hidden motive?

Rudy…
…has been burdened all his life by his feeling that his size, ‘man-mountain’ is one the kinder names he’s been called, is what he is judged by. When a really pretty, popular girl asks him out, he thinks that everything is going to change.

Luisa…
…is new to Elmwood and is not finding the transition easy. Her loneliness and desire to fit in cloud her judgement and she finds herself in a dangerous situation.

Michael…
… is one of Elmwood’s top athletes, a source of great pride to his father, but pride can become pressure. Michael is strong enough to deal with it himself, but he has to find a way to protect his younger brother, a gifted hockey player.

Awards
Governor General’s Literary Award, 1996 – short listed finalist
Mr. Christie’s Book Award, 1996 – short listed finalist
Hamilton and Region Arts’ Council Literary Award, 1996 – winner

Reviews
“Glory Days explores real issues facing young adults without ever taking on a preachy, parental tone . . .Chan never settles for the easy, perfect out. The stories are intricate, as is life, and the characters are flawed, as are all of us.”
Gary Curtis and Lee Prokaska – The Hamilton Spectator

Credit
Book Covers – Bernard Leduc

Kids Can Press 1996
ISBN: 1-55074-319-8 (pbk)
ISBN: 1-55074-381-3 (bound)