No, “strange happenings” is not a description of my first week as teacher in a second grade classroom (although there were a few things this week that fit that description!). Strange Happenings is a fun and fantastical book by Avi, written for young adult readers. It’s a book of five stories about transformations. It was like reading dark fairy tales, and each story made an important point, without being preachy. I particularly liked the first story, which would be a great read for any young person that ever complained of being “bored.” The third story explained everything you might ever want to know (and more) about baseball mascots! I didn’t have this book on my list for Carl’s RIP,II challenge, but couldn’t resist a book with such a wonderful cover when I found it on the library shelf. It fits so perfectly with the challenge that I’m going to count it and recommend it highly. It was strange and eerie, and lots of fun. It’s short enough to read in an evening. I read one story a night, so it took me all week to finish it…but it’s been quite a week trying to keep up with those second graders!