Denise Little (editor)
Daw, Oct 2008, $7.99
The premise of this well written fantasy anthology is looking into the lives of the students attending a very special school: Salem Township Public High School #4, better known by those familiar with the curriculum as Witch High. The back cover says it all as “Harry Potter and his friends would feel at home” at Witch High. The authors seem to have fun in spite of the somewhat limitations of topic, age and “locale”. The fourteen contributions are all well written with the student talent being magic rather than science or math. Whether it is the cheerleaders using magic to prevent their pyramid from tumbling (“A Perfect Ten” by Christina F. York), the irony of the “Late Bloomer” by Karen Fox who would rather die than attend the school or Josie supervising the school cafeteria (“You Got Served” by Esther M. Friesner), the compilation is a fun lighthearted look at high school through a magical Potter like lens.