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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman
The Balloon Boy of San Francisco by Dorothy Kupcha Leland
Bandits of the Trace by Albert E. Cowdrey
The Book That Eats People by John Perry and Mark Fearing
Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House #18) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene
Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer
Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean
Dragon's Teeth by Alex Irvine
Keys to the City by Joel Kostman
Guy Time by Sarah Weeks
Immaculate Deception by Courtney J. Webb
Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O Lee
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty
Letters to Rosy by C. Ellene Bartlett
The Man Who Lost His Head by Claire Huchet Bishop
Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House #3) by Mary Pope Osborne
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Out of Time by John Marsden
Promotion Denied by Joseph W. Hoffler
Scary Party by Sue Hendra
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Shadows on the Walls of the Cave by Kate Wilhelm
Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer
Swim to Me by Betsy Carter
Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House #19) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Travesties by Giselle Renarde
War, Women and the News by Catherine Gourley
The Wing on a Flea by Ed Emberley

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Shadows on the Wall of the Cave

FSFShadows on the Wall of the Cave: 04/15/10

Kate Wilhelm's stories always carry a theme of loss and surviving under extreme circumstances. "Shadows on the Wall of the Cave" looks at the underlying horror of finding a long lost relative assumed after many years to be dead. Imagine too that the relative in question was a child. This being science fiction, imagine that he still is.

Ashley and Nathan last saw Joey inside a cave the trio had been exploring as children. Joey disappeared. The cave was searched. The surrounding areas were searched. Eventually he was presumed dead. Now he's back and shocked to see that Ashley and Nathan have grown up even if he hasn't.

Wilhelm goes further by presenting an upsetting family reunion with the parents and extended family. I read this story just as the Stacy Dugard case was first playing out. She (and children she had while a captive) were recently rescued and reunited with her family. Of course she didn't stay a child but I can imagine her daughters must look a good deal like she did when she was kidnapped. What she is experiencing provided an uncanny and off-putting backdrop to Kate Wilhelm's story.

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