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Cries for Help, Various
200 pages; Catapult
"I don't fit in today," third-grader Charles Dickens tells his classmate Janis Joplin as she kisses him, two misunderstood geniuses seeking camaraderie. And that's the kind of surreal poignancy awaiting readers of these 44 stories, each compassionate and beguiling.
— Natalie Beach