It's hard to judge a collection of short stories by different authors and give a single overall rating, and I admit, I didn't actually finish this book. But, I did read more than half of the 10 stories (my favorite of which was "Testing, Testing 123" by A. LaFaye) and lost interest somewhere along the line. In the back of the book there is a short bio about each author and a blurb about a fond memory relating to books. If the rest of the book was more like these back pages, I might have found it more interesting: instead, the only rule that the authors had to follow was that there had to be a mention of a book somewhere in their stories. In many cases, I found the mentions so vague and forgettable and quite besides the point of the story itself. There are a couple of almost-gems besides LaFaye but otherwise I felt the collection left alot to be desired and found myself thinking as I was reading, "Are these really the best stories/authors that someone like Gary Paulsen could find?"