- File Size: 337 KB
- Print Length: 139 pages
- Publisher: Lost Children Books (October 30, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0061HAG6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,637,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology Kindle Edition
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There are so many children in these appalling conditions, that one must face the fact that our species is, truly, a mean one.
Most of the short stories are very well written.
And, last, but not least, this book reminds me of Andrew Vaachs. I wonder why.
The collection of stories presented here came about as a challenge issued by editors Thomas Pluck and Fiona Johnson on Ron Earl Phillip's (the third editor of this anthology) Flash Fiction Friday website. Pledges by Pluck and Johnson for each story submitted resulted in an initial $600 being generated for these worthy causes. The idea for this follow-up anthology soon materialized and THE LOST CHILDREN is the result. The haunting cover by Sarah Bennett Pluck and Danielle Tunstall instantly sets the tone and the flash fiction-style stories that follow are equally haunting and powerful and as painfully timely as today's headlines. The stories are not pleasant and few punches are pulled, but the message driven home again and again demands to be heard: The abuse and neglect of our young is not only horrific and damaging to them as individuals but, unchecked, it threatens the fabric of our souls and our future as a so-called civilized society.
Buy a copy, spread the word, help two very worthwhile causes!
Here are a few that stuck out to me...
"Probably, Right?" by Lynn Beighley is a very fine piece of very short fiction. It's about a witness who reasons away responsibility and avoids an uncomfortable truth. Beighley possesses a strong, confident voice and, in a tight space, creates a memorable narrator.
"One Night" by Roberto C. Garcia is a particularly crushing piece about a neglected child. This is a straight family drama rendered in excruciating detail.
"Keisha" by Susan Gibb is the kind of story that--as someone going into teaching--makes me tremble. Even hard-working, well-meaning teachers can only do so much. This piece exudes a quiet, real sense of desperation.
"On and On" by JF Juzwik. Like AJ Hayes once said, JF Juzwik is like a submarine--even when you don't see her, but you can't forget about her. (Apologies to AJ if I messed up his quote!) This is a smart, acidic, wrenching tale about a little girl in a seemingly hopeless situation.
Benoit Lelievre has an excellent entry as well with "Under the Gaze of Saturn," a story that weaves in tough economic times with the lost children theme in a non-linear narrative.
Bottom line is that the money goes to a good cause and you get a great read.
Monsters are made, not born. That is the central theme of these tight, tough, powerful stories. The style is what is called "flash fiction"--length no greater than 700 words. But the impact of each of these lightning-fast tales is like the punch of individual rounds from a machine gun.
To keep all of this from being too grim, perhaps even depressing, it is important to know that all of the proceeds from this collection of stories will benefit two fine organizations--PROTECT (The National Association to Protect Children) and Children 1st Scotland--devoted to aiding and protecting these "lost children". Here is where your anger can be put to good use. You can support these organizations with the purchase of this anthology, and then you can check them out further in order to find out how else you may be able to participate.
Highly recommended for the writing and the stories. Doubly recommended for the cause it represents
The stories are diverse and well written, all quite short but nonetheless powerful. The authors are an international mix of known and not-so-well-known names, but each tells a strong tale that drives home the central message: We must halt this poisonous mistreatment of our young or pay the consequences.
All proceeds from purchases of THE LOST CHILDREN go to PROTECT (The National Association to Protect Children) and Children 1st Scotland. Readers are also encouraged to check out these organizations further to find out other ways they can support their worthy causes.
This is a commendable effort by the editors and authors and is recommended both for the reading experience and for the cause it champions.