From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up -This superior collection is sure to be enjoyed by fans of both genres. Although every story has merit, two are exceptional: David Gerrold's "Dancer in the Dark," an eerie tale of life in a world without light; and Bradley Denton's "Sergeant Chip," an unusual account of the horrors of war and the loyalty of soldiers. Four stories-"The Faery Handbag," "Sleeping Dragons," "CATNYP," and "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm"-feature female protagonists. In addition to the selections being enjoyable to read, they defy stereotypes of the genres, and each one has an excellent introduction that provides background information and recommends similar kinds of stories/novels.-Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
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Gr. 9-12. Culled predominantly from adult literary sources, the 11 stories the editors bring together cover a range of subgenres and are, in Yolen's words, "Appropriate for Young Adults." All were published in 2004 with the exception of a centennial "golden oldie" by Rudyard Kipling (1904). Each story and its subgenre are briefly introduced with a short list of read-alikes. The anthology concludes with notes on the contributing authors, and an honor list of 34 additional stories. With the exception of Kipling's ghost story, which seems oddly placed here (and which is introduced with a rather vague warning regarding period-typical racial profiling), the stories are prizes. Not merely appropriate, they are likely to be of real appeal to teen readers. Faery handbags, culture-clash-befuddled Bronze Age warriors, powerful babies hatched of golden eggs and hapless babies replaced with malevolent changelings, New York Between (replete with a charming and often sleepy living library catalog), and traveling levitated cities all make appearances in this strong, accessible collection. Holly Koelling
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