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what are you afraid of?

Am feeling quite content as I finished two books today. VALIANT bit the dust in the dentist's chair (and who knew what a perfect book it sould be while I sat and waited for the novocain to take effect?). I was surprised at the twists and turns this book took in the latter part of the story. Val flees from home after seeing her mother making out with her (Val's) boyfriend. She ends up in NYC where she falls in with a couple of street kids who inform her of the existence of faeries and other magical beings who live among the human population. Val is skeptical at first but eventually finds herself bound in service to a troll. Trust me, this works within the context of the novel and makes the reader enter this strange world readily. Val is trapped in this other world of the city she has always loved. How she escapes, finds love, and defeats a magical being makes for absorbing reading.



Don Gallo's forthcoming story collection centers on phobias. So, what makes your skin crawl? Fear of open spaces like the protagonist in Alex Flinn's story, "The Door"? Perhaps you are scared of cats like the young man who has to confront his fears in David Lubar's "Claws and Effect?" Stories from Joan Bauer, Ron Koertge, Angela Johnson and other stellar YA writers make this collection strong. I know that story collections do not always circulate well in the library world. I have seen the dust gathering on those shelves. However, I think a great teacher or librarian could make this collection (and the others by the talented Dr. G) circ more if they simply took some time to use them in the classroom in lieu of the old tired stories in the literature anthologies. Or perhaps just offering a story or two for read aloud fun is another way to get these collections off the shelves and into the hands of readers?

Taking a few books along on my travels this weekend, including some audio as driving from here to southmost Texas to central Texas and back home will put some mileage on the car and probably some more cellulite on my posterior. More later, friends.
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