Publication date: October 2015
Extent: 512 pages
Format: B Format paperback
Category: Genre fiction and poetry
Age guide: 11+
This is a sumptuous and luscious smorgasbord feast for any reader, gathering delicacies supplied from Australia’s best storytellers. Our ‘young and free’ creators include: Michael Gerard Bauer, Gary Crew, Justin D’Ath, Scot Gardner, Kerry Greenwood, Libby Hathorn, Leigh Hobbs, Sofie Laguna, Kirsty Murray, James Roy, Shaun Tan and Gabrielle Wang.
Ford St seems to have a monopoly on providing us with wonderful anthologies that are both fresh and contemporary. This is another that will provide fabulous reading for individuals and also for reading aloud. I have been advocating and supporting reading aloud to older students and this is a perfect volume for such a purpose. The diversity of the collection allows for students to be introduced to this impressive cast of writers, to sample a wide-ranging variety of genres and to explore the structure of successful short story writing and poetry. Here they will find humour, horror, reality, fantasy and much more. There is something for everyone on this menu!
This was one of my outstanding ‘holiday’ reads as I spent time in the beautiful Blue Mountains with family as I could easily pick it up at any time and read one or two stories in moments of complete laziness. Perhaps my only ‘complaint’ is that some of the stories are so engaging that I was almost disappointed to reach the end so quickly. I think my favourite was the marvellous violin which springs to life after long disuse – you will see what I mean when you read it!
This collection sits easily on shelves for your upper primary to secondary students – only one story had a few ‘iffy’ moments but nothing graphic or disturbing. Illustrated throughout the text is even more accessible for those reluctant readers.
Certainly if your English program includes exploring the short story genre this would be ideal for demonstrating to students how this can be achieved.
Oh and that cover is JUST divine!! 🙂
Highly recommended for both personal and classroom/library reading.
Teaching notes are available at the Ford St website – so you can easily plan to incorporate the book in your planning.