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 – perfect things

him There’s water in my lungs, but drowning isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. My eyes focus on the ribbon on my wrist; white with yellow flowers, a heart-shaped coffee stain, frayed edges. I wish I wasn’t dying. I wish I had been a stronger swimmer. I wish I had smiled back [...]