The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.
"Tales of the Macabre"
When Harriet Welsch grows up, she wants to be an author. So, she figures it's a good way to practice for her future vocation by writing down everything she sees on her spy route in a secret notebook. You can imagine her horror when the secret notebook is confiscated by her classmates and read aloud! Now Harriet's knee-deep in trouble as the tables are turned on her.
"Not just for girls"
It's February and love is in the air! Everyone in the fourth grade is getting into the Valentine spirit. The kids are making cards, and are ordering personalized candy hearts from Cinnamon's Candy Shop, the new candy store in the mall. But Katie has had enough...she is definitely not into all this mushy gushy stuff!
Katie Carew is fed up. Everything keeps going wrong. If only she could be anyone but herself! But Katie has to be careful what she wishes for...it just might come true!
"helps me to improve my english"
Katie and Suzanne are so excited - they won tickets to see their favorite rock group, the Bayside Boys, at the Cherrydale Arena! And not only do they get to see the show, but they get to attend the dress rehearsal and go backstage to hang out with the group! But when the magic wind turns Katie into one of the band members in the middle of the rehearsal, she manages to break up the band just before the big show! Will Katie be able to get the Bayside Boys back together again?
Harriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill. She's determined to discover the author of the notes. And she drags her best friend, mousy Beth Ellen, into all kinds of odd and embarrassing situations in her efforts to reveal the culprit. Observing in her own special, caustic way with her ever-present notebook, Harriet the Spy is on the case. But will she be ready to face the truth when she finds it?
"Narrator carries the story"
When Katie turns into her best friend Suzanne's baby sister, Heather, things are bad enough. But when Katie, as Heather, speaks to Suzanne, Suzanne things that her baby sister is a genius! How will Katie ever explain to Suzanne that it wasn't really Heather doing the talking, without spilling her big secret?
Eleven-year-old Sport Rocque is living a happy life, keeping his father's absentmindedness under control, and managing the family budget. When Kate, Sport's new - and nice - stepmother enters the picture, things couldn't be better. Then comes the news: Sport's wealthy grandfather has just died and Sport is a multimillionaire.
Katie is sick of her school's rules. But when she turns into the principal and announces that there are no rules, she creates a great big mess! Will Katie be able to get the school back in shape?
Katie and Suzanne want to see the new big movie, Tornado, but neither of their parents will let them. As Suzanne complains loudly about always being treated like her baby sister, Katie actually becomes Suzanne's baby sister, Heather. When Katie is Heather, she speaks. Find out how Katie gets out of this one.
When Katie's teacher moves in next-door, Katie can't believe her bad luck! Nothing could be worse than your own teacher living next-door: or could it? Mrs. Derkman hates dogs, and she wants the dogs on their street to be kept on leashes at all times! Katie is furious. Then the magic wind blows, turning Katie into her own dog, Pepper. Will she be able to convince her teacher that dogs are not all bad?
It's been a couple of weeks since Katie turned into the class hamster, and she's beginning to hope that maybe her transforming days are through. But more excitement lies ahead for Katie as she becomes Lucille, the cafeteria lunch lady! Unfortunately, the principal isn't too happy with a lunch lady who throws egg salad and starts food fights...so it's up to Katie (back in her own body) and her classmates to save the day.
A trip to the Natural History Museum goes completely wrong. When Katie won't participate in her classmates shenanigans, they call her a goodie-goodie when she doesn't join in. The mean tour guide, Mr. Weir isn't making things any better. When Mr. Weir's meanness rubs off on Katie, the trip suddenly gets a whole lot worse. Can Katie make things right?
Katie is an ordinary third-grader – except for one very extraordinary problem! She accidentally wished on a shooting star to be anyone but herself. But what Katie soon learns is that wishes really do come true – and in the strangest ways . . .Any Way You Slice It. Katie offers to help the owner of her favorite pizza shop run a pizza-eating contest. But, when Katie turns into Louie the chef, how will the pizzas for the contest get made? Katie's clueless! She's never cooked anything without her mom before! Quiet on the Set! Katie and her friends are so excited when they find out that a movie is being filmed right in their town. And what makes it even better is that the star of the movie is Rosie Moran – the world’s most popular child actress. Katie not only gets to meet Rosie, but she also turns into her. Will Katie shine in the spotlight, or will she get stage fright?
Katie offers to help the owner of her favorite pizza shop run a pizza-eating contest. But when Katie turns into Louie the chef, how will the pizzas for the contest get made? Katie's clueless! She's never cooked anything without her mom before!
Becky, the new girl in class 3A, is a great big copycat! She copies everything Suzanne does. Suzanne can't stand Becky! Then the magic turns Katie into Becky. Will Suzanne change her mind about the new girl? Will Katie turn back into herself without causing too much trouble?
Katie is an ordinary third-grader – except for one very extraordinary problem! She accidentally wished on a shooting star to be anyone but herself. But what Katie soon learns is that wishes really do come true – and in the strangest ways.
Becky is the new girl in class 3A, and she's a great big copycat! She's trying to be just like Katie's best friend Suzanne. She follows Suzanne around, dresses like her, and steals Suzanne's class report topic. Suzanne can't stand Becky! Then, the magic wind turns Katie into Becky. Will Suzanne change her mind about the new girl? Will Katie turn back into herself without causing too much trouble?