Grade 7 Up-Imagine that Archeoptrix, the prehistoric link between birds and dinosaurs, had evolved into the dominant life-form on a planet. In Carol Emshwiller's Quill, representatives of that planet have secretly crashed on Earth and begun interbreeding with humans. In Kelly Link's The Wizards of Perfil, an orphan boy and his caustic cousin, both dirt poor and gifted with unusual psychic powers, are bought by a strange man to serve the awesome and forbidding wizards of Perfil, only to learn after difficult trials and life-changing tragedies that they are the wizards. In Kara Dalkey's near-future Hives, cell phones can beam and receive messages without external sound. The phones are highly addictive and used by high school girls to connect ultra-exclusive cliques. A former-addict-turned-girl-detective gets involved when the rejects of one such hive begin committing suicide one after another. These are just 3 of the 16 stories in this collection. The selections range in length from 9 pages (Francesca Lia Block's chilling Blood Roses, in which two sisters confront a serial killer) to 50 pages. Fantasy stories outnumber sci-fi two to one, and the great majority of the tales feature female protagonists. Even those with male protagonists deal with themes of friendship, family, love, and loss more than action and adventure. Compelling stories for thoughtful readers.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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Gr. 7-10. Editor November follows Firebirds (2003) with an equally captivating collection of 16 original stories offering a rich variety of selections. "Huntress," by Tamora Pierce, which grew from news stories about teens "wilding" in New York City's Central Park, proves a strong jumping-off place. In Charles de Lint's "Little (Grrl) Lost," a human teenage girl and a Little teenage girl meet when the Little girl runs away from her home behind the bedroom baseboard. Patricia A. McKillip, Carol Emshwiller, and Emma Bull are also among the contributors. This volume contains more sf than its predecessor; November includes tales about genetic engineering and human-alien interactions, as well stories such as "Hives," by Kara Dalkey, a chilling, high-tech piece that takes teen girls beyond cell phones to "constant, voice-in-head-close contact"; and Tanith Lee's "The House on the Planet," a richly depicted, three-part tale about establishing a human colony on a distant planet. Fans will be happy to learn that a third anthology is in the works. Sally Estes
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Solid collection of short stories. Aimed at young adults, but enjoyable for older readers. This is the second of the 'Firebird' anthologies, and I liked it enough that I want to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Schaefer
I would not recommend this book for younger teenagers. The first story, right off the bat, uses the "F" word a few times, and some other inappropriate words. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D Colgan
got the book quickly and promptly. The book is a mix of short stories. Didn't realize that when I bought the book.Published on December 12, 2011 by barbara
Almost every story in this book was terrific. Most of the authors were new to me, most were
women, and of those authors with whom I was familiar, several are among my... Read more
I liked half of this book, to be honest I didn't read the whole thing. I am a huge science fiction fan and this book has both science fiction and fantasy stories. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by cmputrgk
Firebird books are my favorites; whenever I run out of books, I look at the authors in the latest Firebirds anthology (or their website) and get some of their books. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by D. P. Strom
I read the first collection, The Firebird, and feel in love all over again with Megan W. Turner and for this book, in addition to my already favorite authors, it introduced me to... Read morePublished on January 15, 2008 by Spy Groove
Written by a number of well known writers of science fiction and fantasy, these are sories that are well-written and very interesting. Read morePublished on August 4, 2007 by V. Gwen Weisner