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Overview

Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for great literature.

The humor of Mark Twain...the suspense of Edgar Allan Poe...the danger of Jack London...the sensitivity of Katherine Mansfield. Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any library.

The people of a village perform their annual lottery, with startling consequences for the recipient of the one paper with the black spot.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amanda MacGregor
Short stories are made even more accessible in this Creative Short Stories series. Shirley Jackson's classic The Lottery portrays a small town that gathers to hold its yearly lottery, a barbaric game of chance. Each head of household draws a slip, and the family with the marked slip will lose a member to stoning by the townsfolk. The shocking story forces readers to grapple with issues of ritual and violence. In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, the main character, Monstresor, vows revenge on Fortunato, a former friend. Monstresor leads Fortunato into a wine cellar tucked away deep in the catacombs. Here Monstresor chains and walls up his victim, leaving him to die. The horrific crime and claustrophobic surroundings are unsettling, but Monstresor feels no remorse for his act. Each book has a section after the tale examining the background of the story's publication, providing initial reactions, and exploring themes and motivations. An author profile is also appended. These additions will help readers more thoroughly understand the story, its context, and the author. The main section of each book, the short story itself, is less than twenty pages long. The print is large, and mysteriously some text is printed in different colors. These two stand-alone volumes may appeal to readers who would find a large collection of short stories unappealing. Stories by Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, Jack London, Mark Twain, Frank Stockton, and James Thurber complete this eight-volume collection. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
First published in The New Yorker in 1948, Jackson's story has been the subject of controversy for over sixty years. The opening scene depicts what appears to be a common ritual. School children gather rocks, stacking them into mounds, as the villagers gather in the town square for the annual lottery. Everyone is present and accounted for before the drawing begins. The heads of families draw first. One man pulls out a piece of paper with a black dot in the center. The papers are replaced in the worn black box before each member of the selected family reaches in. The person holding the slip with the black dot becomes the sacrificial subject for the community, succumbing to the stones thrown by her neighbors and family. The cover of the book hints at the outcome showing rocks in flight with one blood-stained stone in the right corner. This reprint of the story has some lines printed in colors: blue, green, yellow, and red. It appears that the colored printing is in reference to the four-page commentary that follows the story, although the symbolism of the colors is not noted in the text. A picture of Shirley Jackson and a five- page biography, including a color photograph of Bennington College and a black- and- white picture from a witch trail, follow the commentary. This story is readily available in print, in audio readings, and in video formats. Analyses of possible meanings and of literary elements can be found easily in a variety of sources. The format of this book is not very attractive and the book itself does not add anything of substance to the large body of information available about the story. "Creative Short Stories" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583415849
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Fearsome Fighters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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