Meet someone new… Harriet, who sees Mars and tastes pomengranates -- all in one day; Cluny, a girl who wants to publish a magazine for people with weird names; Ky, who lives in a geodesic dome deep in the country; Fletcher, the survivor of an almost fatal illness, who decides to paste the names of exotic places he would like to visit on his chest and stomach; Edward George, who made a discovery and became famous -- famous and forgotten -- on a hot day in 1867.
You'll get to know them all in Some of the Kinder Plants -- nine stories full of humor, surprise, fear and wonder, peopled by characters who are just like you, and yet very, very different.
Ordinary moments take on a fresh veneer in this finely tuned short-story collection. Harriet, the heroine of the first entry, begins to map out a place for herself in the world at the very moment that her solar system model, a project for school, falls apart. A young man whose car breaks down wanders into a futuristic house and thinks he's being held aboard a flying saucer. Ghosts, mysterious illnesses and siblings who get lost in the same spot at different times all figure here. These protagonists patiently observe their own comings and goings, recognizing the absurdity of the adult world as it infringes on their lives. Deceptive in their simple structures, Wynne-Jones's nine stories reward repeat reading. Ages 8-12.