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Children's LiteratureUsing her discerning genius in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, editor Sharyn November has created a stunning collection of stories from among the very best authors of our time. The listing of authors reads like a who's-who in the field: Francesca Lia Block, Emma Bull, Kara Dalkey, Pamela Dean, Charles de Lint, Carol Emshwiller, Alan Dean Foster, Alison Goodman, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Patricia A. McKillip, Tamora Pierce, and Sharon Shinn. The stories range from pure fantasy to "real" science fiction, with some fascinating stops in between. Several stories have twists and feints to draw the reader in; then, they present challenges for the reader's sensibilities. The story, "In the House of the Seven Librarians," by Ellen Klages is going to become a library classic. Many of the stories explore new ways of thinking about human and non-human interactions: "Quill," by Carol Emshwiller, shines as a thought-provoking example. Actually, all of the stories have elements of vision-modifying experiences within the storyline; each, inventive and creative in its own way. The realization that things are not what they seem is evidenced in the striking story, "The Wizards of Perfil" by Kelly Link. Every author who was approached for this substantial collection responded with a 'yes'—in itself a commendation to the editor who now has enough material for yet a third anthology (and I hope more). While most people do not read an anthology straight through from cover to cover, such was the power of every story that, that is exactly what I did! I particularly enjoyed the author bios and notes at the end of each story—it was very revealing to re-think myreaction to the story with the added information about how it was conceived or planned from the author's viewpoint. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, BUT in this case the "parts" stand alone quite well as little jewels in the larger crown that is this satisfying collection. 2006, Firebird/Penguin, Ages 12 up.