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Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformationby Avi
Synopses & Reviews
Children become cats and birds, a once-invisible young woman pieces herself back together, and the identity of a mysterious baseball mascot is uncovered--all within this eclectic collection from master storyteller Avi. By turns chilling, ethereal, and surreal, these thought-provoking tales are sure to engage anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to become someone--or something--else.
"Avi (Poppy's Return) turns the multifaceted theme of transformation this way and that in five provocative tales. In 'Bored Tom,' a listless 12-year-old, envying his cat's nap-filled existence, agrees to swap lives via the intercession of Maggie, a 'wizard-cat,' who ultimately one-ups both former boy and former pet. The witty premise of 'Babette the Beautiful' involves a 16-year-old princess born invisible after a crone abets a vain queen's wish for a flawless daughter; Babette struggles toward self-knowledge, literally piecing herself together in mirrored rooms full of human parts. The stories nimbly incorporate folkloric motifs and archetypes, and feature a pleasing assortment of talking animals. Characters suffer moral consequences for their greed, vanity and dominion over the powerless, whether human, bird or beast. In the first and last pairs of stories, deft narratives consciously incorporate the wry omniscience and plainspoken diction of traditional folk tellings For the centerpiece, 'Curious,' Avi, while still probing an ancient moral ('curiosity killed the cat') adopts a matter-of-fact tone and modern setting. With its clever mix of magic, mystery and a soupcon of sci-fi (plus a captivating cover, to boot), this collection will please Avi's fans and may well draw new ones. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Five characters experience startling transformations in this collection of short stories by Avi.
Newbery Medalist Avi presents characters who experience startling transformations in this collection of thought-provoking short stories that is by turns chilling, ethereal, and surreal.
About the Author
AVI has written many enormously popular novels for middle grade and teen readers, including The End of the Beginning; the Newbery Medal-winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead; and two Newbery Honor Books, Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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