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  • Collection I

    • The Great Race
      167

      The Incredible and Improbable Adventures of Lil Dim and Ivan The Fool by D. Lavie

      • Volume I

        Unit 1

        Chapter I - Dim Origins  audio!

        Our main characters, Lil Dim & Grand Prince Ivan The Fool, are born

      • Volume I

        Unit 2

        Chapter II - The Pariah's Paradox  audio! members

        Prince Ivan meets The Good-News Wolf, learns of The Paradox, and is frozen alive

      • Volume I

        Unit 3

        Chapter III - The Expatriate Prince  audio! members

        The Bagelman makes a preliminary appearance and Prince Ivan and Lil Dim finally meet.

      • Volume I

        Unit 4

        Chapter IV - A Passionate Speech  audio! members

        With Lil Dim's help, Prince Ivan finds a purpose and gathers an Army of Light to fight Evil

      • Volume I

        Unit 5

        Chapter V - The Battle of Tic-Tac-Toe  audio! members

        The horrible legions of Evil take the stage, while Lil Dim tells Prince Ivan of The Divine Spiral

      • Volume I

        Unit 6

        Chapter VI - The Divine Spiral  audio! members

        Prince Ivan doesn't quite understand the philosophy of The Divine Spiral, but uses it in battle, although not right away

      • Volume I

        Unit 7

        Chapter VII - Mender of Forks  audio! members

        The Soldiers of Light encounter a fork in a round road and The Bagelman makes another appearance (and disappearance, as Prince Ivan dispatches him)

      • Volume I

        Unit 8

        Chapter VIII - Patrimony and Matrimony  audio! members

        The story of Prince Ivan and Lil Dim ends (or so it seems) while we go on a lyrical digression that leads us back to our dynamic duo

      • Volume I

        Unit 9

        Chapter IX - The Great Race  audio!

        We meet The Transparents, a tragic race with myriad great qualities compromised by a single negative trait being the source of its downfall

      • Volume I

        Unit 10

        Chapter X - Fawning Dawning  audio! members

        The battle between the Great and Ancient Race and the teenage mutant ninja matodors unfolds, with the fate of the latter in the balance

    • Star Schlepp
      137

      An Accidental Space Odyssey by I.A. Lyashevsky

      • Volume II

        Unit 1

        Chapter 1  audio!

        In Which Manny Folberg Takes One Test and Fails Another Before Falling on His Head

      • Volume II

        Unit 2

        Chapter 2  audio! members

        In Which Manny Receives Visitors, Has an Important Revelation, and Gains a Rare Perspective

      • Volume II

        Unit 3

        Chapter 3  audio! members

        In Which Much is Explained and the Day Gets Even More Interesting

      • Volume II

        Unit 4

        Chapter 4  audio! members

        In Which Manny and Friends Are Captured and Threatened, Only to Be Saved by the Power of the Written Word

      • Volume II

        Unit 5

        Chapter 5  audio! members

        In Which Our Friends Nearly Take a Spacewalk Without Spacesuits, and the Visitors' Assignment Is Revealed

      • Volume II

        Unit 6

        Chapter 6  audio! members

        In Which Some Other Things Are Explained, George Loses a Bet, and a New Course Is Set

      • Volume II

        Unit 7

        Chapter 7  audio! members

        In Which a Climactic Scene Takes Place, a Traitor Is Revealed, and a Master Plan Laid Out

      • Volume II

        Unit 8

        Chapter 8  audio! members

        In Which the Climactic Scene Continues, and Manny's Will Passes One Test Before Failing Another

      • Volume II

        Unit 9

        Chapter 9  audio! members

        In Which the Climactic Scene Reaches Its Climax, a Hero Performs Heroic Deeds, and the Pen Is Yet Again Proven Mightier Than the Sword

      • Volume II

        Unit 10

        Epilogue  audio! members

        In Which the Story Ends

    • Midsummer Day's Picnic
      155

      A Scandal in Letters by G.P. & I.A.L.

      • Volume III

        Unit 1

        Lot I  audio!

        The Rich Have Their Quirks

      • Volume III

        Unit 2

        Lot II  audio! members

        An Invitation to Decadence

      • Volume III

        Unit 3

        Lot III  audio! members

        Post-Picnic Conspiracy, Part I: Fireside Suitors

      • Volume III

        Unit 4

        Lot IV  audio! members

        Post-Picnic Conspiracy, Part II: The Argument

      • Volume III

        Unit 5

        Lot V  audio! members

        The Count's Travails, Part I: An Ascent to the Spheres

      • Volume III

        Unit 6

        Lot VI  audio! members

        The Count's Travails, Part II: The Envy of Churchill

      • Volume III

        Unit 7

        Lot VII  audio! members

        LyaLya's Letter I: "Do, a Doe, a Female Deer..."

      • Volume III

        Unit 8

        Lot VIII  audio! members

        LyaLya's Letter II: The Count As Baron Münchausen?

      • Volume III

        Unit 9

        Lot IX  audio! members

        True Nobility, Part I: The Baron As Literary Critic

      • Volume III

        Unit 10

        Lot X  audio!

        True Nobility, Part II: A Love Letter

  • Collection II

    • The Adventures of Rupert Felix
      163

      by Aaron Zwintscher

      • Volume I

        Unit 1

        Chapter 1

        In Which Our Hero, Rupert Felix, Former Janitor, Finds Himself in a Dicey Situation Involving a Ghost Ship, Demon Pirates, and Bad Actors

      • Volume I

        Unit 2

        Chapter 2 members

        In Which Rupert Felix, Former Janitor, Barely Escapes with His Life, Soul, and Untrustworthy Companions to an Uncharted Desert Isle Surprisingly Similar to Gilligan's Island

      • Volume I

        Unit 3

        Chapter 3 members

        In Which Rupert Felix and Gang Nearly Get Stranded on an Island with a Half-Blind Maniac and Some Sheep

      • Volume I

        Unit 4

        Chapter 4 members

        In Which Rupert Felix Journeys to the Center of the Earth on His Way to the Climax of This Tale

      • Volume I

        Unit 5

        Chapter 5 members

        In Which There Is an Epilogue, Including: A Reunion, New Friends, a Plot Twist, a Clever Joke, a Conclusion, and a Preview of Coming Attractions

    • Wolfman's Burden
      150

      by I.A. Lyashevsky

      • Volume I

        Unit 6

        Wolfman's Burden  audio! members

        They're going to be here soon, so I'll have to make this quick. Hard to type with these three-inch claws, but that's the least of my problems...

    • The Visitation
      159

      by I.A. Lyashevsky

      • Volume I

        Unit 7

        The Visitation members

        The apparition didn't answer, but from the way it fluttered there, silent, mournful, glowing feebly and hovering a few inches off the ground, the boy could tell it was the real thing...

    • Barbarossa the Leper
      167

      by Giovanni Cerni

      • Volume I

        Unit 8

        Barbarossa the Leper

        'A generation ago, the Margraves of Canossa were accorded respect. But the castle and surrounding lands had gained a certain notoriety, and since it was I who was bringing this ill fame to my family, I knew that I must do something drastic...'

    • The Eternal Solution
      189

      by Johann Schwartz

      • Volume I

        Unit 9

        The Eternal Solution members

        'Will you deny then, my darling Aloise, the simple fact that a race exists in this world, a race independent of nationhood or time, a race subject neither to the middling laws of man nor the ravages of age?'

    • Undead Platoon
      57

      by Jack Nero

      • Volume I

        Unit 10

        Undead Platoon  audio!

        The country is shocked and stricken with grief over the tragic death of forty-one US Marines in an ambush on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif. Who is to blame? That is a matter of some mystery...

    • A Calculated Expedition
      54

      by Jackson Galan

      • Volume II

        Unit 1

        A Calculated Expedition

        Undoubtedly, it was for such scandalous conduct that his Spanish acquaintances first ostracized Captain Francisco Rellenos and shipped him off to South America in search of a solid-gold city. Bet they never thought he'd find it...

    • Rupert & Dexter Are Friends
      217

      by Aaron Zwintscher

      • Volume II

        Unit 3

        Rupert & Dexter Are Friends members

        In Which Two Gentlemen (a Rake and a Rogue) Are Disturbed on Their Vacation; a Chase Ensues, and There Is a Tree Fort

    • Forgiving Wind
      221

      by Matthew Dexter

      • Volume II

        Unit 4

        Forgiving Wind  audio!

        Mama was given this strange map and immediately became entranced by the idea of fortune. Two weeks later we picked up our backpacks and crossed the border, sombreros on our heads, dreams in our pockets...

    • All That Glitters
      53

      by Caron Levis

      • Volume II

        Unit 5

        All That Glitters  audio! members

        All you freshgirls have that desperately hopeful gleam in your eyes, and you discuss only one thing, the legend: that she who resides in the Golden Chamber dorm room is crowned Queen B...

    • The Package
      183

      by Caitlin Scholl

      • Volume III

        Unit 4

        The Package

        Even worse was the thought of what might happen to Robert if he didn't recover that package. He knew what happened when things didn't go right. The result was always the same. When someone messed up, they simply... disappeared.

    • The Lagos Tigers
      53

      by Jesse Cataldo

      • Volume III

        Unit 5

        The Lagos Tigers

        First, there was a knock at the door. I don't often have visitors at home, but I know some things about knocking on a stranger's door. Many times I have found myself in a similar place, at the same hour of the night, wondering what may be waiting inside...

    • Graveyard Shift
      58

      by Peter Sheehy

      • Volume III

        Unit 8

        Graveyard Shift  audio! members

        Sam leaves six messages on Andy's machine. Then the calls cease, or at least the messages cease. Maybe Sam calls but leaves no message. More likely he has given up...

    • Macarone & Cheese (& Maggots)
      56

      by Emily Hockaday

      • Volume III

        Unit 10

        Macarone & Cheese (& Maggots)

        In a town like Manchester, running a restaurant and grocery wasn't alibi enough. In this town people talked, even if talking could get you talked about on the evening news...

    • Four Seconds in Paradise
      58

      by Matthew Dexter

      • Volume III

        Unit 6

        Four Seconds in Paradise  audio!

        The plunge from the bridge is two-hundred and forty-five feet. It lasts only four seconds. But Mom enjoys betting on how long it will take for the poor guy or gal to work up the courage to jump...

    • Being Normal
      50

      by Kathryn Holmes

      • Volume III

        Unit 9

        Being Normal  audio!

        I had to find a way to make my family realize how weird they are, so I decided to spend a day acting just like them. I woke up and put on jeans and a T-shirt, even though it was "Dress Like Your Favorite Breed of Skunk Day" at school. This was a big sacrifice, by the way...

    • Seeking Fortune
      57

      by Emily Hockaday

      • Volume II

        Unit 6

        Seeking Fortune members

        Lydia felt like an early American artifact: the young woman, traveling West to seek her fortune, to make a home. The plains beyond the glass were infinite, you could get lost in them. And Lydia wanted nothing more than to get lost...

    • Reflections in the Rust
      57

      by Matthew Dexter

      • Volume II

        Unit 7

        Reflections in the Rust

        Her mother doesn't let Jasmine walk the labyrinth of unmapped back roads on the other side of town, where the homeless sleep, but Jasmine knows those men and women need to eat too, that they're capable of walking extraordinary distances to get what they need...

    • Lunch Break
      218

      by Caron Levis

      • Volume III

        Unit 2

        Lunch Break  audio!

        All Melis wanted, really, was to find a way to be useful. She wished she knew what she was meant to do in this life, but she had no idea. In the meantime, she was becoming a virtuoso at making neat Sloppy Joes for seventh graders...

    • Deer
      225

      by Peter Sheehy

      • Volume II

        Unit 9

        Deer  audio!

        We were headed for a summer in Tahoe, just me and Jenna, all summer long to live on the lake. That was the plan. That was the way Jenna sold it...

    • Dear Carmen
      226

      by Matthew Dexter

      • Volume II

        Unit 2

        Dear Carmen

        So the motor's purring like a kitten as I write this letter, write it simply to say my last amends. Carbon monoxide is making me dizzy, but thinking about your Bikram Yoga poses in those pink sweatpants makes me stay focused...

    • The 3 Stages of Death & Dying
      225

      by Matthew Dexter

      • Volume II

        Unit 10

        The 3 Stages of Death & Dying

        You try to play it cool, nonchalant, but she can see right through; her pupils penetrate your cartilage, rip the clothes from your flesh. Would it be remotely possible—viable, even—to fall in love and get more than an A; maybe a baby and a bloody nose?

    • Pennysaver Classified

      by Peter Sheehy

      • Volume III

        Unit 1

        Pennysaver Classified  audio! members

        Oh, the idiosyncrasies of working life, job titles be damned: my first task as bowling alley clown was to clean the bathrooms...

    • The Eternal Solution, Part II

      by Johann Schwartz

    • The Dinner Party

      by Peter Sheehy

      • Volume III

        Unit 3

        The Dinner Party members

        So I was to meet Duke for the first time. Duke, the new "boyfriend" of Darcy, my ex, my one and only Darcy, my Darcy Doe. Oh, I could recount the ways I had wronged her...

    • Forty-One Alive

      by Jack Nero

      • Volume II

        Unit 8

        Forty-One Alive members

  • Collection III (in progress)

    • Falcon, The Maltese
      161

      A Noir Tale of Dogged Detectives by D. Lavie

      • Volume I

        Unit 1
      • Volume I

        Unit 2

        Chapter 2 - Wenn Pigfly

        The clock struck five minutes to nine, but Cory Staid was feeling like it was nine to five. ‘Ready to go home right now' he thought, ‘any minute’. Pleasurably tired after a busy night with the missus, he needed shuteye badly if he was going to make it through the day without falling asleep in a vertical position.

    • SciFi in Verse
      163

      A collection of science-fiction poems by Emily Hockaday

      • Volume II

        Unit 1

        Being an Astronaut

        The neighborhood boys of New Paris Commune always played by the trash incinerators. By now everyone was immune to the acrid air and buzz of the generators. The trash plants huge and remote, formidable and far, the boys could play with no interruption, and they were used to the pungent odors and discordant noise and shrieks of trash compacting.

      • Volume II

        Unit 2

        Tomatoes

        It wasn’t until after Stephanie’s suicide that Sally put together her and Jack’s affair. The euphony within her note, when read aloud had, whether intentionally or not, brought them each to tears.

      • Volume II

        Unit 3
      • Volume II

        Unit 4