Wonderful collection of short stories, excerpts from longer ones and poetry. My daughter was held captive when I read her Neil Gaimans "Instructions" for the first time and now almost knows it by heart.
Reading should be fun, if it's going to be done independently, for pleasure. My son doesn't like what I liked at his age. This is a splendid compendium of the very old and very new. I've found authors and poets I hadn't read before. I read him something that stunned him and caused him to ask for 'more like that' - so I bought the book. I found out about it through the Reader's Organisation who have used it to inspire children to read and learn.
This volume would have so many uses in schools, youth groups (and even with adults). An inspired range of literature and poetry to use as a basis for discussing modern themes. I will use it constantly.