short story – the girl who sang at funerals

Nora Birch held a funeral for the tree in the garden. She gave a speech to the attendees; her pink stuffed rabbit, Darla the rag doll, and a small crystal bird she had liberated from a silver cage at her aunt’s house years ago. Even though she had only met the tree the day before, [...]

book review – Maybe a Fox

What happens after you die? [...] Maybe you turn into wind. Maybe you turn into stars. Maybe you go to another world. Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee's Maybe a Fox is a sweet, heartrending tale about family, grief, and wishes. It's been a while since I've read something written for a children/pre-teen audience, but I couldn't [...]

short story – skye sparrow

Skye Sparrow was weird. She had a weird name, weird clothes, weird sense of humour, weird taste in music. Her hair fell to her waist, a soft shade of lilac, and her lips were painted dark and inelegantly, as if she had crushed blackberries against her lips. She wore bold, mismatching colours in outdated fashions [...]