Half Human by Bruce Coville

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Stories from noted authors, including Jane Yolen, Tamora Pierce, Nancy Springer, and others about selkies, mermaids, and other beings living in the divide between the animal and human world.

A girl is born with the fire of dragon blood in her veins and another longs for the feel of water against her skin. A scarecrow wonders at the world around him and a fallen angel tries to reclaim her family's soul.

These are the stories about the people who are not wholly human and the animals that are not purely animal--beings that stand between the two worlds feeling the emotions, thrills, and confusions of both. Their struggle will be to find their true forms, and then meaning and purpose in their lives after the choice.
 

About Bruce Coville

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Bruce Coville has received more than a dozen Children's Choice Awards, and has written more than ninety books, including My Teacher Is An Alien, The Monster's Ring, and the Unicorn Chronicles series. He lives in New York.
 
Published November 1, 2001 by Scholastic Press. 212 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Other stories explore instead a restless yearning to escape humanity into the wholly other: Janilee Simner’s captured selkie, aching for the sea;

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These stories will likely grab the attention of readers who are exploring and developing their own sense of what it means to be human, but the tales vary in their ability to sustain readers' interest in the plight of the unusual creatures.

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The authors use the short story form well, allowing the reader to think about the stories and ask themselves what the question means both personally and to humans in general.

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