Synopses & Reviews
An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburgand#8217;s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now weand#8217;ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you wonand#8217;t soon forget.
This inspired collection of short stories features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstoryand#8212;a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.
In this offbeat anthology editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. To that end each assembled a six person team of writers and set them loose. Each story is prefaced by editorial banter as each editor (hilariously) makes her case. Highlights include Diana Peterfreund's Rampant tie in "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn"; Libba Bray's postapocalyptic tale of teens trying to maintain a semblance of civilization in "Prom Night"; and Maureen Johnson's pointed take on celebrity fads in "The Children of the Revolution." Meg Cabot's "Princess Prettypants" skewers the image of unicorns as sparkling rainbow farting "symbols of pure happiness hope and awesomesauce" while Carrie Ryan's "Bougainvillea" acts as a prologue to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Scott Westerfeld's "Inoculata" examines what happens when the zombie hordes finally win while the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" isn't nearly as far gone. Without a clunker in the bunch this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner unless it's readers. Ages 14–up. (Sept.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In this offbeat anthology, editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw-down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. To that end, each assembled a six-person team of writers and set them loose. Each story is prefaced by editorial banter as each editor (hilariously) makes her case. Highlights include Diana Peterfreund's Rampant tie-in, 'The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn'; Libba Bray's postapocalyptic tale of teens trying to maintain a semblance of civilization in 'Prom Night'; and Maureen Johnson's pointed take on celebrity fads in 'The Children of the Revolution.' Meg Cabot's 'Princess Prettypants' skewers the image of unicorns as sparkling, rainbow-farting 'symbols of pure happiness, hope, and awesomesauce,' while Carrie Ryan's 'Bougainvillea' acts as a prologue to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Scott Westerfeld's 'Inoculata' examines what happens when the zombie hordes finally win, while the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' isn't nearly as far gone. Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner, unless it's readers. Ages 14 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Forget vampires vs. werewolves; the hottest feud is between fans of the fiercely magical horses and the shambling, brain-eating undead. . . . Who is the victor in this epic smackdown? Readers, of course!" - Kirkus Reviews
* "In this offbeat anthology, editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw-down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. . . . Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner, unless it's readers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Who ultimately wins? To reuse an old joke: everyone." - Booklist
* "This is a must-have for fantasy collections.” - School Library Journal, starred review
andlt;divandgt;* "This is a must-have for fantasy collections." - andlt;Iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/Iandgt;, starred reviewandlt;/divandgt;
and#8220;Engaging, with strokes of brillianceand#8221;and#8212;Kirkus
and#8220;This star-studded exercise in creative writing tests the wits of favorite authors and shows readers how even the big shots hone their craft.and#8221;and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
and#8220;The stories embrace a range of styles and subjects, but, like their enigmatic and mysterious inspirations, each touches on the strange, the odd, and the fantastic.and#8221;and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
and#8220;While the stories are distinctand#8212;by turns funny, sinister, and touchingand#8212;they have much in common, sharing an arch tone, a curious metaphysicality, and some familiar folk-tale tropes, and the authorsand#8217; commitment to the original conceit gives the volume additional cohesion.and#8221;and#8212;Booklist
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories from such authors as Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld.
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
One Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honors, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor, three National Book Awards, seven National Book Award nominations, and five Coretta Scott King Awards. This is only a partial list of all accolades earn by the contributors of this book.
This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allburg in his esteemed and mysterious The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, originally published in 1984, and features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.
Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstory--a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.
It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology, edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for each side with eerie and amazing short stories from an all-star lineup of contributors, including bestselling and award-winning authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Kathleen Duey, Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.
Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative collection that showcases zombies and unicorns as you have never seen them before.
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg
is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji
and The Polar Express
, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji
won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children. Sherman Alexie
is the author of several novels and collections of short fiction including the National Book Award Winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
(2007) and War Dances
, winner of the 2010 PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction. Alexie lives with his wife and two sons in Seattle, and has published 14 books of poetry and short stories about life on a contemporary Indian reservation, and Indian-white relationships. M. T. Anderson
is the author of The Game of Sunken Places
, Burger Wuss
, and Feed
, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Anderson also received the Printz Honor and the National Book Award for Octavian Nothing.
He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kate DiCamillo
is the author of The Magician's Elephant
, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux
, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
. She lives in Minneapolis. Cory Doctorow
(craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of the bestselling Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novel Little Brother
. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London. Jules Feiffer's
artistic sensibility permeates a wide range of creative work, from his Pulitzer-winning comic strip in the Village Voice
, to his Obie Award-winning play Little Murders
, to his Oscar-winning anti-military short subject animation, Munro
, to his beloved illustrations for The Phantom Tollbooth.
Feifferand#8217;s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, and The Nation
, and he has recently reinvented himself as a childrenand#8217;s book author. His first book, The Man in the Ceiling,
was selected by Publisherand#8217;s Weekly
and the New York Public Library
as one of the yearand#8217;s best childrenand#8217;s books. Stephen King
has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities. Tabitha King
has published eight novels (the eighth in 2006 with Michael McDowell as co-author), all of which were released in hardcover and paperback by Macmillan and New American Library. She has also published two works of non-fiction, one of which was published in paperback by Dendrite. Lois Lowry
is the author of more than thirty books for children. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars
and The Giver
. Her first novel, A Summer to Die
, was awarded the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award. Gregory Maguire
is the author of five novels for adults, including the best seller Wicked
, and more than a dozen novels for children. Mr. Maguire has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships. He lives in Massachusetts. Walter Dean Myers
is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than 80 books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includesunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels
, Somewhere in the Darkness
. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. Mr. Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. Linda Sue Park
is the author of Newbery Medal titleand#160;A Single Shard
and#160;as well as numerous other novels, picture books, and poetry. She lives in Rochester, NY, with her family Newbery Award-winning author Louis Sachar
is the creator of the entertaining Marvin Redpost books as well as the much-loved There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom
, winner of 17 child-voted state awards. His book Holes
, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.
Jon Scieszka was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young Peopleand#8217;s Literature in January 2008. He is the author of several bestselling childrenand#8217;s titles, including The Stinky Cheese Man, which won a Caldecott Honor medal, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Time Warp Trio, a chapter book series. Scieszka is the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit literacy organization. Lemony Snicket is the author of several other unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.