Margo Lanagan is a highly acclaimed writer of novels, short stories and poetry. She lives in Sydney. Black Juice won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Ditmar Award for Best Collection and was an honour book in the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Singing my Sister Down' won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, the Aurealis, Golden Aurealis and Ditmar Awards, and was short-listed for the Nebula and the Hugo Awards. Black Juice was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers, the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Young Adult Book and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for the Christina Stead Prize. Her first collection of short stories, White Time, was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award.
The Nebula Award-winning "Singing My Sister Down" starts this dark collection of ten short, speculative fictions from Australian writer Lanagan. Why It Is Great: Stephen King once described short stories as a "kiss in the dark from a stranger." Lanagan leaves readers breathless with equal parts tongue and teeth, exploring the very best and worst of the human condition. Why It Is for Us: Lanagan's bitter fruits hold up to any story published for the adult market. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"I want to hire a plane and write 'Black Juice' across the sky so that people will read these intense, rich, disturbing stories. This book's extraordinary, very strong; I haven't read anything like it before. " John Marsden"Always moody, evocative and original, Black Juice is an intensely imaginative collection form an accomplished and distinctive author." - The Age"The stories in Black Juice are really terrific - rich and rare and resonating disturbingly with now ... Margo Lanagan is a find." Hilary McPhee
Gr 9 Up-Every selection in this rich collection is strange and startling, a glimpse into weird, wondrous, and sometimes terrifying worlds. "Singing My Sister Down," "House of the Many," and "Earthly Uses" use the death of a character to illustrate the trajectory that grief gives to those who surround those characters. In "Sweet Pippit," a group of elephants break from captivity to rescue the one human who can lead and love them. "Wooden Bride" centers on Matty Weir and her decision to change herself forever by participating in her town's anonymous group marriage ceremony, providing a sly, unconventional commentary on today's consumer-heavy wedding culture. "Red Nose Day" provides a glimpse into the hearts of two assassins who are killing clowns. "Yowlinin" is a story of ostracism and disaster; an outcast girl warns of a plague but is unheeded, with catastrophic results. The 10 stories all hover near a 20-page range. Lanagan uses beautiful, lyrical language to tell peculiar, disturbing tales. This collection may need some introduction, and would work especially well in a classroom setting; it is full of teachable moments. The selections are subtle and scary, and are remarkably different from most short stories aimed at teens. This book will satisfy readers hungry for intelligent, literary fantasies that effectively twist facets of our everyday world into something alien.-Sarah Couri, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.