Book: Some of the Kinder Planets

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Some of the Kinder Planets: Stories

Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
Publisher: Puffin Books

A collection of nine stories by the popular Canadian author, including “The Night of the Pomegranate,” “Save the Moon for Kerdy Dickus,” and “The Hope Bakery.”


Winner of the 1993 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children, Some of the Kinder Planets was Tim Wynne-Jones’s first collection of short stories for young adult readers. Made up of nine totally sensational stories, this collection almost effortlessly whirls readers into the lives of ordinary teens who find themselves confronting something extraordinary. Always insightful, often wise, Wynne-Jones spices up his fictions with a delightfully wry, even offbeat, sense of humour. In “Save the Moon for Kerdy Dickus,” for example, a rather confused young man whose car has broken down in the middle of nowhere encounters a multi-racial family living in a high-tech geodesic dome and comes to believe that he’s been abducted by aliens. In “Night of the Pomegranate,” Wynne-Jones takes us into world of a girl, working on a science project about Mars, who discovers an unusual new approach to the red planet by eating a pomegranate. Wynne-Jones is particularly interested in teens who are looking for ways to express themselves creatively, and “Tashkent,

Tweedledum and Tweedledead,” and the title story of the collection all feature kids who have strong imaginative streaks. Readers who enjoy this collection might want to check out Wynne-Jones’s The Book of Changes and Lord of the Fries. (Ages 12 and older) —Jeffrey Canton

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