Small Avalanches and Other Stories

By Joyce Carol Oates
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780060012175, 400pp.)

Publication Date: March 2003

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When "The Sky Blue Ball" comes soaring over the fence, a high-school girl is confronted with the haunting memory of childhood. A jealous teen lets her cousin go off alone with a dangerous "Capricorn," aware of the terrifying possibilities. A vulnerable young girl cunningly outwits a menacing stranger and exults in her newfound power, surviving the first of many "Small Avalanches."

In these twelve riveting tales, master storyteller Joyce Carol Oates visits the dark, enigmatic psyche of the teenage years. Intense and unnerving, uplifting and triumphant, the stories in this collection explore the fateful consequences of the choices we make in our everyday lives.

Praise For Small Avalanches and Other Stories

"Oates makes poetry with ordinary words that take readers right into the restless psyches of young women."
-ALA Booklist (starred)

"Captures all the intensity and emotion of adolescence."

"Haunting images, masterfully controlled language, the occasional light touch of fantasy, and no easy lessons."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"A haunting mix.pulsate[s] with the fickle folly of teen invincibility."
-School Library Journal

-Publishers Weekly

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