My two favorite artists ever are The Feelies and Elliott Smith. They always put me in a good mood. Yes, Elliott Smith is depressing and he may or may not have killed himself, but I just think his music is gorgeous. And The Feelies are just the most underrated group in the history of the world. They were my first music love.
Wonder Woman Underoos by Scott McClanahan
This is brief short story that is told first-person by a child of seven or eight or eleven. His parents are having a mini-crisis of some sort while he tries to figure out what it is. Turns out that his mother has depression and the boy gets some presents because parents get kids presents when they feel bad. Then he wishes for her to get cancer or some other sickness so he can get even more presents.
Story: 9 of 10
I loved the narrator's voice. Kids that age are that selfish. I also enjoy how McClanahan doesn't waste any character. The grandma and Uncle Nathan are barely mentioned yet he gives both of them some color. Grandma more so and after reading this I was hoping there would be another story about just the grandma. Maybe there is? Maybe there will be?
Teachability: 9 of 10
This is another story where narrative voice can be studied. I'd also use the example of the grandmother as a way to look at minor characters. I think kids would be interested in the story and I'm pretty sure there could be some solid discussion after reading it.