From School Library Journal
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 KimCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved