November/December 2007

The Black Cat

At the age of sixty, I can’t say I remember many things vividly. Eight years has certainly felt like a long time. Eight years since I saw the slave being sold down by Mississippi. He was young and strong, a handsome man. I still see his face in my mind’s eye. “Sold!” cried the auctioneer. […]

The Green Glass Sea

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages; Viking Children’s Books: New York, 2006; $16.99 Suze reached in and picked up a book, riffling the pages with a thumb. The Boy Mechanic, she said, snickering. “Why do you have that?’ “They didn’t make one for girls,” Dewey replied. Have you ever done something that you really […]


Cura Smith, a gangly girl of twelve, was exploring the desert landscape of Arizona when she heard the sound that would alter her life forever. It was the soft, normally musical mew of a cat. However, that wasn’t what made Cura turn in anxiety. It was that the sound had an almost undetectable cry for […]