Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical
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Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical

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Freaks, magicians, psychics, and the passing strange take center stage in ten original tales by top YA authors and graphic novelists.

Molly is a bearded girl who joins the circus, only to fi nd that her former tormentor faces a far hairier plight. Tia claims that her lamented mom is a three-thousand-year-old mummy, but is it really an act? Cody sets out to foil a pop psychi...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Brandi Rae

I was beginning to think that I really just don't like young adult short stories collections at all. Of the last two that I have read, one I hated; the other I felt only lukewarm about, and that one (Gothic! Ten Tales of Terror, which was also edited by Deborah Noyes) had stories by some of my all time favorite authors! However, I have finally found a young adult collection where I actually enjoyed every story in it


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Jenn
This book turned out way better than I had hoped. I really enjoyed the ten short stories by ten different author's based around the "sideshow" freaks and odd ones. My favorite story has to be the one about the bread starter. I gave me the creeps. The graphic novel stories that were in here were a surprise and fun to read. I enjoyed the last story very much also. What a great way to end the book. Highly recommend this one!!
Books and Literature for Teens
From magical shapshifters to bearded girls and other illusive creatures, Sideshow is a stunning and whimsical collection of stories is sure to bring the circus freak out of anyone.
I really enjoyed reading this collection of short stories, even if some of them were just a touch too "odd" for me-still, I can't help but think how Candlewick publishes some of the neatest books. My favorite story was The Bread Box by Cecil Castellucci, a bizarre yet charming tale of a living family heirloom, or The B...more
Orrin Grey
Deborah Noyes has edited two of my very favorite spooky anthologies of all time, and so when I saw that she had a new one coming out, this time focusing on sideshows, I was very excited to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, I didn't like it quite as much as either Gothic! or The Restless Dead. Not that it's bad. It is almost unfailingly good, but its highs are never quite as high as those of the other two books.

The most unusual thing about Sideshow is that (like a couple of other YA anthologies...more
Hester Thorpe
I have high standards now for short stories, having spent so much time reading the "Best Of" series. Apparently, this has ruined me for other short story collections. I thought this book was okay, the stories in it were fine, but they didn't move me. I doubt any of them will stick with me. Even now, I have trouble thinking of just one that will stick in my head or that I'd want to re-read. In my world, when you read a good short story, you should immediately want to put the book down and step aw...more
Cynthia Egbert
I love short stories and these are well written stories. I did not love all of them but a few of them were supreme. I do recommend it!
Steven R. McEvoy
In the last few years I have become a huge fan of anthologies. I usually pick them up because I know an author or two in the collection, but usually find a few new authors to look into deeper. This book was no different. I picked it up for three reasons: first, it was from Candlewick and I have yet to read anything from them that was not enjoyable. Second and third, Cecil Castellucci and Cynthia Leitich Smith both had stories in the collection, and I have read almost all of their respective work...more
Phil Ford
If sideshows or just weird stories interest you, this is a good one to breeze through in an afternoon. Ten original short stories and comics about bearded girls, fortune tellers, and mummy girls. Each story is well written and engaging, although kind of predicatble in that Twilight Zone way. My favorites: "The Bearded Girl" (Aimee Bender), "When God Came to Kathleen's Garden" (David Almond) "Jargo!" (Matt Phelan) and "The Bread Box" (Cecil Casellucci), though every one of them are unique (and od...more
Maree Kimberley
Some brilliant stories in this collection of short stories themed around freaks and magic edited by Deborah Noyes. There were no bad stories but some absolute stand outs. The best of the bunch for me was The Bread Box by Cecil Castellucci, which is one of the most original short stories I've read in a long. long time. A stellar collection of tightly written, entertaining and evocative short stories aimed at young adults but a great read for all lovers of the short story form (especially those wh...more
Ralph Calhoun
Ordered Sideshow from the library thinking I was getting a book about Vietnam, Cambodia and American Policy during the 1960's and 70's. When this showed up I knew it was too thin for what I had ordered. BUt I read it anyway and enjoyed it. For me the written stories were better than the three graphic stories. I especially liked the first story "The Bearded Girl." Having four daughters I could see the everyday in the freakish. So I've now ordered the other Sideshow from Amazon, wonder what will s...more
Mrs. Nelson's
This collection of short stories is unlike anything else out right now. It focuses on the bizarre - "freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical". There's the bearded girl who embraces her facial hair, a psychic's tale with a "haunting" twist, the bread box that keeps on giving, and more. A variety of wonderful authors contributed to this anthology, including Aimee Bender, Cecil Castellucci, and Vivian Vande Velde. This is a must read for anyone attracted to the freakish!
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Lauren
This collection of short stories is unlike anything else out right now. It focuses on the bizarre - "freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical". There's the bearded girl who embraces her facial hair, a psychic's tale with a "haunting" twist, the bread box that keeps on giving, and more. A variety of wonderful authors contributed to this anthology, including Aimee Bender, Cecil Castellucci, and Vivian Vande Velde. This is a must read for anyone attracted to the freakish!
Shannon
Sideshow is a collection of scary, bizarre, and often cheesy stories from various authors. The protagonists range in form: a mummy's daughter, a ghost, a psychic cougar, and more. I like that some of the stories are in comic strip form. The wide variety of content is what made this book interesting, but it wasn't a fantastic read by any means. While the stories had a way of drawing me in at first, the endings proved to be anticlimactic and disappointing.

Marj
Sideshow is an excellent collection of short stories and graphic-novel style stories. Stand out stories were Aimee Bender's "The Bearded Girl", Matt Phelan's "Jargo", and Cecil Castellucci's "The Bread Box." This collection manages to be creepy, strange, sad, and humorous. Fun to peruse or read through, but not the best to read out loud.
Rhi
I liked some of these stories a lot, but overall, the collection was disappointing. Some stories were great, but some had very little business in the group. I want to like it more but it just didn't do it for me, I'm sad to say. I skipped the two graphic novels because they aren't really my thing, so I can't comment, but the other stories were okay.
Nurshafiqa
some of the stories were really entertaining, some were thought-provoking, which i like.

oh and the comics made a great addition to this book!one of the comics got me spooked and i couldnt sleep for hours.

a good read.
Cathy Hall
Great opportunity to read some gifted YA authors doing what they do best--telling stories. Hard to say which tale I liked best; they were all so freaky, which, of course, was what made this collection such a fun read.
Loren
Fun and quick read with stories and comics by some great YA authors. I'll buy it for my library. All those kids wanting scary/freaky stories will love it.
TheSaint
Jul 02, 2010 TheSaint rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Meh. Had to have some reading interspersed with Don Quixote. But I really couldn't devote much attention to it, nor did the stories compel me much.
Ashley
I enjoyed this collection more than I was prepared for--a fast read filled with twists, freaks, and good times.
Jennifer
Rachel
A great montage of insightful stories and comic-strips. Loved it!
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Deb writes for adults and children and is also an editor and photographer. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
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