Waifs and Strays

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Charles de Lint's remarkable novels and shorter fiction are, in a very real sense, coming of age stories. Here, for the first time, is a collection of his stories about teenagers&150a collection for teen and adult readers alike. From the streets of his famed Newford to the alleys of Bordertown to the realms of Faerie, this is storytelling that will transfix and delight, with characters who will linger in the mind&150many of them from his novels. Featuring an illuminating preface by acclaimed author, ...
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Overview


Charles de Lint's remarkable novels and shorter fiction are, in a very real sense, coming of age stories. Here, for the first time, is a collection of his stories about teenagers&150a collection for teen and adult readers alike. From the streets of his famed Newford to the alleys of Bordertown to the realms of Faerie, this is storytelling that will transfix and delight, with characters who will linger in the mind&150many of them from his novels. Featuring an illuminating preface by acclaimed author, anthologist, and critic Terri Windling, Waifs and Strays is a must-own for de Lint fans, and an ideal introduction to his work for newcomers.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Urban teens take center stage in a pair of edgy short story collections. Waifs and Strays presents 15 previously published works by Canadian fantasy writer Charles de Lint, including "May This Be Your Last Sorrow" from The Essential Bordertown and "There's No Such Thing," which appeared in Yolen and Greenburg's anthology Vampires. In its first appearance, "Sisters," tells of precocious 16-year-old Appoline, a vampire ("Yeah, I drink blood. But it's not as gross as it sounds. And it's not as messy as it is in some of the movies") who plans to wait until her sister, Cassandra, turns 16 before turning her into one, too.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Mythic fiction is at its best in this anthology of stories of memorable heroines, rooted not in a secondary world but in an urban environment. The author introduces each selection, providing insight and interesting biographical information. The subject of two stories is a 16-year-old vampire named Apples who receives "the Gift" from a stranger during a Bryan Adams concert. She hopes to "turn" her sister Cassie when she is older, if she agrees, so they can live together forever. Poking fun at the television version of a teenage vampire, the heroine offers a more pragmatic view of her lot in life as she avenges evil doings in her neighborhood. In the section "Bordertown," where magic and reality coexist, an elf named Manda saves the life of a Harley-riding black man who is the neighborhood peacekeeper in a city rife with prejudice and violence. Elements of Robin Hood, Merlin, Native American mythology, and Celtic music weave through each story. Some of the heroines are humans who briefly tiptoe into a magical realm or are skeptical about its existence. De Lint's characters are often lonely and intelligent misfits whose self-discovery triumphs over plot. Described as "urban fantasy," these stories represent a hybrid genre for readers who only want one arm through the door into another world.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen short stories by the noted urban fantasist capture both the wistful sadness of epic ballads and the lingering beauty of summer dreams. These tales (most published previously) were not originally written for teens, but all feature adolescent female protagonists, usually runaways, orphans, or those otherwise cast adrift. Organized by their shared settings, they reveal the transformation caused by discovering the mythic currents that flow beside, under, and through contemporary life. It can be two sisters who encounter vampires with a most unusual agenda ("There’s No Such Thing" and "Sisters"); or a half–breed runaway who runs afoul of an elfin biker gang, only to gain a champion with his own scars ("Stick"); or a rebellious rag-picker who creates her own family among the stray dogs and throwaway people ("But for the Grace Go I" and the title story); or a misunderstood music student, whose tales of faerie lead to accusations of drugs and devil-worship, until her mother admits to hiding from her own ("Ghosts of Wind and Shadow"). De Lint’s (Onion Girl, 2001, etc.) pen is ever graceful and evocative, his heroines simultaneously earthy and evanescent. Like the young artist of "Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box," most of them learn to tread the delicate balance between "fairies and fancies" and "the everyday magic all around." But in the classic paradigm of adolescence, what they gain in wisdom and insight they lose in innocence; and they, like the reader, will always feel "the small ache that carries in it a seed of wonder." (Short stories. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401583
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/17/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 603,525
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint

CHARLES DE LINT and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the manner of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende.

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Table of Contents

The Mythic World of Charles de Lint xi
Author's Note xv
Tamson House 1
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood 3
Ottawa and the Valley 21
There's No Such Thing 23
Sisters 32
Fairy Dust 73
A Wish Named Arnold 83
Wooden Bones 93
Otherworlds: Past and Future 109
The Graceless Child 111
A Tattoo on Her Heart 139
Bordertown 151
Stick 154
May This Be Your Last Sorrow 209
Newford: In and Out of the City 217
One Chance 220
Alone 233
But for the Grace Go I 250
Ghosts of Wind and Shadow 272
Waifs and Strays 313
Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box 355
About the Author 393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    WOW

    I READ THIS WAIFS AND STRAYS A COUPLE MONTHS AGO AND I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    perfect for teens i loved it

    this is not the fary tale whre the fariy sprinkles dust and poof evrythings better this is a fariy tale whre carecters have acule feeling this book is so good i read it over and over agin biting my nails as i read one story after the next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    Let me think

    Plain and simple: I loved the stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    Great book!

    My only disappointment in this was the reprinting of some Newford short stories, which were at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2004

    Tihight!

    I admire De Lint's imagination! These short stories amaze me! I read this book over and over again! You gotta read it!

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