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Authors: Heppermann,Christine

Poisoned Apples

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Dedication

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Contents

Cover

Disclaimer

Title

Dedication

The Woods

The Never-ending Story

The Wicked Queen's Legacy

Abercrombie Dressing Room

Sleeping Beauty's Wedding Day

Photoshopped Poem

Prince Charming

A Brief History of Feminism

Suburban Legends

The First Anorexic

A SHAPE MAGAZINE Fairy Tale

Retelling

BFF

Blow Your House In

“Mannequins Make Me Feel Like a Failure.” —Claudia, age 13

If Tampons Were for Guys

The Giant's Daughter at Spring Formal

The Anorexic Eats a Salad

A Witch's Disenchantment

“Sweet Nothings”

Weight Watchers

To My Sheep, Wherever You Are

First Semester Haiku

Vindictive Punctuation

The Elves and the Anorexic

Runaway

You Go, Girl!

Thumbelina's Get-Tiny Cleanse—Tested

The Little Mermaid

Health Class

Ugly Stepsister

Transformation

Boy Toy Villanelle

Rapunzel

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

Nature Lesson

Red-handed

Finders, Keepers

Gingerbread

What She Heard the Waitress Say

Going Under

Life Among the Swans

Big Bad Spa Treatment

Human Centipede Two

Spotless

The Beast

Bird Girl

Assassin

View from the Balcony

Pink Champagne

Acknowledgements

Index of First Lines

Index of Photographs

About the Author

Author's Note

Praise

Copyright

About the Publisher

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POISONED
APPLES

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The Woods

T
he action's always there.

Where are the fairy tales about gym class

or the doctor's office or the back of the bus

where bad things also happen?

Pigs can buy cheap building materials

just as easily in the suburbs.

Wolves stage invasions. Girls spit out

cereal, break chairs, and curl beneath

covers like pill bugs or selfish grannies

avoiding the mess.

No need for a bunch of trees.

You can lose your way anywhere.

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The Never-ending Story

O
nce there was a girl who wore her bones outside of her body.

Once there was a girl who thought bones looked nice.

Once there was a girl who had limbs as blue as razors.

Once there was a girl who sat by a pool in August

wrapped in a quilt.

Once there was a girl who even after she became a beast,

soft fur blanketing her cheeks, belly, and back,

still shaved her legs.

Once there was a girl who peeled grapes, who picked at salads,

who piled leaves on top of the cheese.

Once there was a girl who dared not swallow anything but air,

so she hid her saliva in plastic bags beneath her bed.

Once there was a girl who wrote “BLOATED WHALE”

inside the pocket of her skinny jeans.

Once there was a girl whose little sister pretended

all the dollies had feeding tubes.

Once there was a girl whose father held her tight

to stop her from doing crunches.

Once there was a girl whose mother's dreams

all became nightmares.

Once there was a girl who longed to be brave

enough to stick her finger down her throat,

to measure herself by the teaspoon,

to shrink to the size of a serving.

Once there was a girl who lay still for the doctor.

Once there was a girl whose favorite nurse called her Sugar.

Once there was a girl whose heart burrowed deep in the hollow of her chest

and went to sleep.

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