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Same Time Next Year

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Page count: 10
Categories: Fantasy

Author

Neal
Shusterman

Appeared in

In Short: How to Teach the Young Adult Short Story

Story Summary

Marla Nixbok thinks she is a girl of the future and can't stand the dweebs surrounding her. A perfect candidate for the dusty and forgotten time machine in the dead professor's basement. Too impatient to test the machine, she hops aboard and heads one year into the future where she belongs... And she materialize in the exact same spot, exactly one year ahead, but the earth and the sun have moved on and Marla has a fleeting second to see the infinite cold and empty space which surrounds her.