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Enfant Terrible: 07/30/08
The next story in the July issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is "Enfant Terrible" by Scott Dalrymple. It's his debut fiction story although the next issue has another story by him.
"Enfant Terrible" looks at the possible cause for extreme giftedness in some school aged children. The explanation comes after a trip to an elementary school for observation at Mrs. Lipsig's class. Poor Mrs. Lipsig who seems completely overwhelmed by her students.
Although I enjoyed the story and thought the ending was both humorous and clever, I found Dalrymple's writing style uneven. Nouns and verbs don't always match. Tenses change randomly. The second person point of view grated on me.