HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780060743901, 208pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2005
As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down. . . . A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne. . . . A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.
“There are no weak entries here and memorable characters a-plenty.”
“Nothing short of brilliant.”
-Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
“An intense and meaningful collection that lovers of strange worlds and people will enjoy.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Thought provoking and evocative, these stories are for the discriminating reader.”
-VOYA (starred review)
“Every selection is strange and startling, a glimpse into weird, wondrous, and sometimes terrifying worlds. ”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“From the stunning first story, these ten stories are mesmerizing.”
-Horn Book Magazine (starred review)
“Read it because you’ll discover an amazingly talented writer and enjoy one of the best story collections of the year.”
-Rocky Mountain News