In Opening Tricks, Peter Carver (ed.), Thistledown Press,
for ages 12 plus
The only thing left for us was gore — pure, offensive, physical carnage. We wanted to return the lifeblood to the way we talked. We wanted to fling contempt at whatever enslaved us. Together, we sent out a battle cry against the enemy — the adult world of authority and conformity.
In this collection of humorous short fiction for teens, “Dragon’s Breath” is a story for anyone who can envision the power of words and where they can take us. In it, three teens are playing a gross-out game with words that goes further than expected.
“Dragon’s Breath” was a finalist in Thistledown’s third national competition for young adult short stories.
Selected for Read Up On It 1999: Tickle Your Funny Bone by the National Library of Canada.
“Like a report from the front, [these stories are] worthy of attention, not only from teens but from anyone with a teenager in his or her life.”
Quill & Quire