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Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”
A woman runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
A man struggles to find anyone willing to help him answer his question in a government office.
A daughter comes home to visit her mothers and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
The Night the Ghost Got In
A boy believes he hears a ghost in his house.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Guy de Maupassant
A man bargains with a nurse about attending to his dying mother.
Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push
Walter Dean Myers
A boy has an accident and must find a new way to accomplish a dream.
Here We Aren't, So Quickly
Jonathan Safran Foer
In this avant-garde short story, a man reflects on his life and his relationship with his family.
Once Upon a Time
A family in South Africa tries to protect their home from intruders and live happily ever after.