Grade 8-11-- A strong, well-balanced short-story collection featuring a sophisticated, artfully arranged blend of science fiction and fantasy. The stories vary in plot and writing style, yet their vitality and versatility are excellent. Especially memorable are Somtow Sucharitkul's "The Web Dancer," a beautifully written tale of a young girl's obsession with performing a triple somersault on an overhead rope; in contrast is Edward D. Hoch's hilarious science-fiction mystery, "The Homesick Chicken," which answers the proverbial question as to why the chicken crossed the road. An enchanting tale of hobgoblins that begs to be read aloud is Judith Moffett's "The Hob." And don't overlook Asimov's thought-provoking work about a future education system, "Profession." Great for reading aloud or for individual enjoyment. --Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, VA
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