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Dreams and Visions: Fourteen Flights of Fantasy Hardcover – March 21, 2006

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Grade 7 Up-Fourteen high-quality stories from such YA heavy hitters as Joan Bauer, Tamora Pierce, David Lubar, and Nancy Springer. Highlights include Patrice Kindl's Depressing Acres, an amusing modern-day retelling of Hansel and Gretel, and John Ritter's politically charged Baseball in Iraq (Being the True Story of the Ghost of Gunnery Sergeant T.J. McVeigh). Although the pieces are all strong, the subject matter varies greatly and the work as a whole may leave fans of traditional fantasy unsatisfied as some of the selections are straight fiction. The lengthy introduction, as well as the plot summaries preceding each story, will most likely irritate readers as they give away too much of the plot. Despite these flaws, the collection is solid and would make a good addition to short-story collections.-Michelle Roberts, Merrick Library, NY
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Gr. 7-10. Readers will recognize many of the teen characters in the 14 stories in this collection, which encompasses a broad range of common themes--family obligations, love, war, competition, revenge. However, in each story there's something that transforms the ordinary into the unusual; witches, supernatural beings, oracles, and other supernatural figures stretch the imagination. The stories reflect diverse time periods, locations, and cultures and several selections encourage thought about deeper issues--for example, Are individuals free to shape their future or is their destiny controlled by fate? A stellar roundup of writers--among them Joan Bauer, David Lubar, Tamora Pierce, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth--contributed tales; brief author biographies are appended. Try this on readers not typically drawn to fantasy. Nancy Kim
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,883,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on June 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This refreshing story collection can best be described as "fantasy for people who think they don't like fantasy." I am one of those people. A die-hard realistic fiction problem novel reader, I was attracted to this book because of the impressive authors writing for the collection: Joan Bauer, David Lubar, Mel Glenn, and Neal Shusterman, to name a few. While their stories are great, readers will find new favorites that will keep them moving through the book quickly.

In Depressing Acres by Patrice Kindl, Mona is immediately suspicious of her new neighbor. The old lady has weird plants growing in her yard, she dresses strangely, and children who enter her house don't come out. She loves to give away delicious homemade sweets, and when adults eat the sweets they seem to stop wondering about the bizarre goings-on in the old lady's house. Now she's after Mona's little sister.

Jameel's grown up in the US, but he and his family return to Pakistan when his grandfather dies. Jameel's grandfather and other spirits visit him and his cousin in Suzanne Fisher Staples' vivid story Jameel and the House of Djinn. The spirits want Jameel to know that his Pakistani heritage is valuable, and following his American values does not always lead to the best decision.

A bad case of writer's block, a magician who casts real spells along with her card tricks, and a track star with a crush on a fellow runner who reminds her of her horse are just a few of the other characters you will meet in this delightfully varied collection that will attract new readers to the fantasy genre.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a collection of short stories. I only gave it a 3-star because so many of the stories are not particularly good.

They are apparently all about dreams, all kinds of them, whether magical or not. Some of them can't be properly classified as fantasy. Do not buy this book, it's a waste of money. Borrow it from the library. I will review each story.

1) Blocked: An fantasy author has writer's block. Her characters come to life and push her to write them the way they want to be written. (First-person) (3 stars). Review: This story is middling-to-decent. It's a clever concept, but I think it could have been written better. I didn't love it.

2) Jameel and the House of Djinn: A Pakistani kid raised in the U.S. is taken back to the home country due to his grandfather's death, and abruptly informed that he is REQUIRED to take over leadership of the Muslim tribe (at 15-ish) and is also REQUIRED to marry his cousin, who's a friend-and-that's-all (Third-person) (Writing: 3 stars; plot 1 star). Review: I didn't like it at all. The writing was average-to-good, but the plotline made me VERY angry. He has plans to go to college and become an engineer and suddenly, without asking him if he wants to be buried in a third-world country as a forced leader, he's told, No, what you want doesn't MATTER. I don't care what the point of the story was, this is a lousy way to run any leadership position. Leadership is earned, not inherited or wished upon an unwilling person. I hated it for the sentiment.

3) Dharma: A kid into beatnik culture meets a hippie girl and falls in love, and no one could see her but him (First-person). (This story gets no stars at all). Review: This was utterly pointless, and jumped around a lot. The kid is a burn-out.
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