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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Ringing up Baby" by Ellen Klages

First appeared in NatureReprinted in audio

A second grade girl wants a sister, someone she can boss around. Her mother's busy (and will give rearing to someone else anyway), so she gets to decide the traits. [Insert rubbing hand and maniacal laughter here.] 

Fantastic child's voice, thought-pattern, and imagination. Of all her plotless charm set pieces, this may be her best. Great ending. This may be the best story I've read in Nature.

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