Deliciously weird, creepy, and marvelous. My favorite kind of anthology.

Freaks, magicians, psychics, and the passing strange take center stage in ten original tales by top YA authors and graphic novelists, including David Almond, Aimee Bender, Cecil Castellucci, Shawn Cheng, Annette Curtis Klause, Margo Lanagan, Danica Novgorodoff, Matt Phelan, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Vivian Vande Velde.

"In this fine collection of strangeness big and small, we meet gods and shysters, wily scary roustabouts, and children who, believing in miracles, are miraculously granted them. The worlds of the Sideshow stories are eerie, and the people who live there are strange: but in each of them is the courage to accept who they are, and to find the joy in being different." -- Sonya Hartnett, author of Surrender

"Witty, spooky, and eminently readable. Ten stories by as many imaginative and resourceful writers. While entertaining as all get out, this collection also raises provocative questions about what it means to be different." -- Ron Koertge, author of Strays

"Noyes's theme appeals to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider -- and who hasn't? As with all of her collections, literary chops matter more here than teen appeal. Every story is a gem." -- Angelina Benedetti, "35 Going on 13: Spring Is Here,"

"Like The Restless Dead and Gothic!, this is a masterpiece of ten short stories by world-class authors.... Several of the stories pack the same punch as old-fashioned O. Henry or Roald Dahl classics and are the stuff that will fill the English literature textbooks of tomorrow.... fantastic." -- School Library Journal

"The short stories and short comics in this collection are intriguing, mysterious, clever, sometimes funny, and always thoughtful.... Death, puberty, sexuality, fear, acceptance, miracles, and loss are all explored in Sideshow. At turns optimistic and cynical, it is an entertaining and weird collection of stories, most of which will stay with readers beyond their scant pages." -- Sarah Rachel Egelman,

"As in her previous collections, Noyes gathers a talented corps of storytellers to explore mysterious matters. From behind the scenes with sideshow performers, these stories reveal the stranger truths the audience is never meant to see.... Like the sideshows of old, these tales appeal to our continuing fascination with the unusual and engage us with the lure of the unknown and the power of surprise." -- The Horn Book

"Layering strong writing with irresistible surprises, this collection, much like its topic, is more than a little disconcerting and just about impossible to ignore." -- Booklist

"Atmospherically explores the spectacle, horror, and intrigue of sideshows. . . Fans of Noyes's other anthologies will expect a mix from mild to flat-out horror, and they'll be pleased to be proven correct. . . there is a selection that will appeal to the specific tastes of just about any horror or dark fantasy fan." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Ten authors -- three of them also illustrators -- bring the creepy and macabre to readers hungry for a few shivers. Each is quick to read and features kids who are 'wondrous strange' in situations that are even stranger. If you're too old to go trick-or-treating but you still need a treat, find a copy of this book and enjoy. Sideshow is pretty freaking good." -- Long Island Pulse

"Delivers what every circus poster of the 19th century once promised... a chance to look.... Each fast-paced short story ends with a strange twist and a modern spin on what it means to live on the outskirts of conventional society." -- Carlyn Beccia, Raucous Royals

"Wacky, weird, and sometimes tragic, these stories will stick with you long after you close the garish covers of this compelling and odd compilation." -- Jennifer Hubert Swan, Reading Rants, "Out of the Ordinary Teen Book Lists"

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See also Gothic and The Restless Dead.



SIDESHOW. Introduction Copyright (c) 2009 Deborah Noyes. Compilation Copyright (c) 2009 Deborah Noyes. Stories Copyright (c) 2009 by individual authors. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc.