AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE
An apple simply won’t cut it when it comes to appeasing these teachers! Editors Toni L.P. Kelner and Harris have once again brought together a bevy of talented authors to explore 13 entertaining stories of education of the most unnatural kind.
A sampling of the stories included are: “Playing Possum” from Harris, where Sookie Stackhouse and her telepathic nephew face off against a madman with a gun in a grammar school. In “Magic Tests” by Andrews, Kate Daniels’ ward, Julie Olsen, goes undercover in a school for exceptional kids, hoping to find a missing teen. Jonathan Marberry delivers “Spellcaster 2.0,” where a group of students on assignment learn that arrogance and playing with magic are very bad things. Marjorie M. Liu’s “Sympathy for the Bones” reveals that, for young Clora, learning from the wrong teacher comes with a very high price: her soul. School goes to the dogs in Thomas E. Sniegoski’s “The Bad Hour,” as Remy Chandler and his faithful pal Marlowe discover evil in an obedience school. (ACE, Sep., 325 pp., $26.95)
Jill M. Smith