Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories

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by Jane Yolen
     
 

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Features the Nebula Award-winning novella "Lost Girls."
In these modern myths and tales for the young and the young at hear, Jane Yolen transforms the impossible into the familiar and real. Among the outlandish wonders are an Alice grown tough in Wonderland, a dear--but dead--mother's homecoming, a bridge that longs for a goat-eating troll, and a mutiny among… See more details below

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Features the Nebula Award-winning novella "Lost Girls."
In these modern myths and tales for the young and the young at hear, Jane Yolen transforms the impossible into the familiar and real. Among the outlandish wonders are an Alice grown tough in Wonderland, a dear--but dead--mother's homecoming, a bridge that longs for a goat-eating troll, and a mutiny among Peter Pan's troops.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
These twelve stories, set in various places and times, are definitely "curiouser and curiouser." They are not for the very young, nor for the faint of heart, but they are marvelous tales in Yolen's inimitable style. There is heartbreak and death, but there is also courage and strength and a great deal of laughter. Highly recommended.
VOYA - Evelyn Butrico
Yolen's newest compilation of short stories is wonderful. She is a master storyteller. Here she gathers a collection of twelve fantasy stories, some altered favorites, others brand new. We meet a brave Alice and an emancipated Wendy, and we hear the bridge's side of the Three Billygoats tale. On the new end, Yolen takes us Wilding in Central Park, and introduces us to a ritual that will keep us safe from the unknown. The introduction and afterword make this collection complete, offering an explanation of why the author writes short fantasy and where she gets her ideas. With eye-catching cover art, too, this will have wide appeal-from the young teen to the adult. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7--This solid collection of short stories is a good introduction to various types of fantasy. Three of the 12 pieces are new and the rest have been published in other compilations. There is something here for everyone--tales that are scary, gross, or fanciful. Some of the selections are reworkings of parts of children's classics, such as Alice in Wonderland (Alice learns how to be tough with the Jabberwock) and Peter Pan (Captain Hook is singing a new tune now that he is married to a modern-day feminist). "The Bridge's Complaint" puts a different spin on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by relating events from the bridge's point of view. The tales are set in different times--some in the past, some in the present, and some in the near or distant future. "Wilding" is a chilling futuristic look at New York City's Central Park, based on the gang violence that occurred there in the late 1980s. There's a story of a frightening sea monster, one about a fairy, and another about aliens; all will chill and delight the imagination.--Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT

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ISBN-13:
9780152164447
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
533,073
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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