Weird Whiz Kids

Weird Whiz Kids

Linda Quilt

The heroes of these stories aren't prodigies in the usual sense. Special cases, rather. Sweet Melinda, for example, has a toad that hops out of her mouth each time she speaks a lie. Hence her fierce commitment to the truth, even when addressing fat aunts eating too much cream cake, or pimpled youths making declarations of love. Shy Howab, on the other hand, one day realizes that he can make people disappear forever by simply saying his name out loud; best not to contemplate the grim fate awaiting certain of his teachers. And how about Norm? The poor fellow is so indelibly normal that nobody at all can remember him, not even his own parents. Every day they fail to identify the insignificant boy traipsing home from school… These are only three of the seven weird whiz kids and, admittedly, they make one shiver. But isn't that exactly what's so compelling about them?

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Weird Whiz Kids

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