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“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.”
Summary: Dreams, wishes, family, and the events of everyday life can be found in each of these short stories. This is an anthology of short stories.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 11 and Up
Interest Level: 10 and Up
Reading Level: 5.2
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: It is hard to describe my reaction to this book in a word. Each story is very well written, but none of them wowed me. That said I kept "feeling" something between Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Pros: Thought-provoking, emotion-tugging stories will keep readers thinking about events and outcomes in each of the stories in this collection.
Cons: Nothing quantifiable. Just a feeling.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. These are exceptionally well-written stories. If you like deep, literary stories you will love these.