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Crab Apple by [Samphire, Patrick]
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Length: 23 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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"I saw her first the day I found Dad on the kitchen floor. The new girl. The wild girl..."

When Josh’s dad falls ill with lung cancer and a strange new girl appears at his school, Josh has to face up to two frightening threats. They may be more closely linked than he realizes.

This is a YA fantasy short story.

Crab Apple was first published in Realms of Fantasy, and was reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy.


"Samphire handles a child's reactions to the serious illness of his only remaining parent with extraordinary finesse."
- Bluejack, Internet Review of Science Fiction.

"A nice, subtle faerie tale about hope and embracing the wildness inside us."
- James Palmer, Tangent Online.

"Patrick Samphire effectively mixes thoroughly contemporary conflicts with traditional fairy fantasy."
- Science Fiction Romance.

"'Crab Apple' by Patrick Samphire is a deep, subtle story. At the same time that the narrator's father is battling cancer, he meets a wild girl who claims to live in a tree. It is a story of helplessness and hope.
- Pauline Morgan, SF Crowsnest.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Fathoms Press (30 March 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QDJR3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars and that's not a good sign. It's not a bad story--I'm sure plenty ... 9 October 2015
By Dione Basseri - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I think I've read this a few times, since it's one of those short stories that I own, and always forget, so this time I'm finally bothering to review it!

At first, this appears to be a changeling story, with a young boy meeting a wild girl who gives him something to briefly distract him while his father fights cancer. The story revolves around different mentions of crab apple, from the one the girl attempts to get the boy to eat, to the image in his father's x-rays, and, finally, to the strange creature in the forest who exerts some sort of influence over the girl. Everyone needs saving, but can they be?

As many times as I've read this, it just doesn't stick with me, and that's not a good sign. It's not a bad story--I'm sure plenty will love it and read it over and over--but it just isn't for me. I think that's partially because I really did want a changeling tale and a wild girl, and didn't get it.

I listened to the audio production from Pseudopod.