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In When Mystical Creatures Attack!, Ms. Freedman´s high school English class writes essays in which mystical creatures resolve the greatest sociopolitical problems of our time. Students include Janice Gibbs, ´´a feral child with excessive eyeliner and an anti-authoritarian complex that would be interesting were it not so ill-informed´´, and Cody Splunk, an aspiring writer working on a time machine. Following a nervous breakdown, Ms. Freedman corresponds with Janice and Cody from an insane asylum run on the capitalist model of cognitive-behavioral therapy, where inmates practice water aerobics to rebuild their Psychiatric Credit Scores. The lives of Janice, Cody, and Ms. Freedman are revealed through in-class essays, letters, therapeutic journal exercises, an advice column, a reality show television transcript, a diary, and a Methodist women´s fundraising cookbook. (Recipes include ´´Dark Night of the Soul Food´´, ´´Render Unto Caesar Salad´´, and ´´Valley of the Shadow of Death by Chocolate Cake´´.) In ´´Virtue of the Month´´, the ghost of Ms. Freedman´s mother argues that suicide is not a choice. In ´´The Un-Game´´, Janice´s chain-smoking nursing home charge composes a dirty limerick. In ´´The Hall of Old-Testament Miracles´´, wax figures of Bible characters come to life, hungry for Cody´s flesh. Set against a South Texas landscape where cicadas hum and the air smells of taco stands and jasmine flowers, these stories range from laugh-out-loud funny to achingly poignant. This surreal, exuberant collection mines the dark recesses of the soul while illuminating the human heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renata Friedman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025958/bk_adbl_025958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.