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Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins
The Boy Who Sang for Others by Michael Meddor
Catamount by Marc Laidlaw
Changeling by Dean Whitlock
Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Does a Kanagroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin
The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars by Jean Merrill
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover
The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
I Choose You by Tracey West
Legs Talk by D. E. Boone
Llamas in Pajamas by Teddy Slater
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
100 Years of California Cooking by Martha Lee
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Shadow of the Valley by Fred Chappell
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

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Don Quixote: Judge a Book By Its Cover
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Divide and Conquer
Sancho's Big Score

Ulysses:
Episode 1 - Telemachus: Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy

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The Boy Who Sang for Others: 02/07/09

Here it is February and I'm still working my way through the January issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I'm taking the issue slow knowing that after the March issue the magazine is going bimonthly.

"The Boy Who Sang for Others" by Michael Meddor is a tale of possession. It's tone is similar to "Rising Waters" (the classic reprint for this issue) and it's written in a mountain dialect. As I'm not a fan of dialect and the repeated misuse of "were" got old really quickly.

Things only get interesting this very short story in the last page and a half. The boy struck dumb by a horse hoof to the head begins to sing in church except that it's not his voice. He sings in the voices of the long dead. That is why he needs to be exorcised.

Grandma manages to give an interesting explanation of events in the last paragraph but it didn't seem worth the effort of reading the entire story just for a quip from her at the end. At least the story is short.

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