Before I go on, let me address the district blocking some websites. I'm a teacher of literature and composition and therefore it is my duty to be against censorship of any kind. And I truly am. But I get it. I understand why the district has to do what it does regarding sensitive material. I understand it; I just don't like it when it happens five minutes into my class.
Piccolo by Clarke Clayton
This is not a bad little story. It tells the story of a brother and sister who move to Zurich for unexplained reasons and the sister struggles with the change. She has massive anxiety, especially when strangers use the doorway of their cottage/apartment to shoot heroin at night. She won't let her brother do anything about it, instead taking matters into her own hands.
Story: 9 of 10
It was an enjoyable and entertaining read. I'm not talking about a classic, but I am glad I read it. The characters are fairly developed for such a short piece, especially the sister. I really liked her and her eccentricities and rituals. I also really liked the ending. It's not a twist, nor a surprise, but it is different and in a good way.
Teachability: 8 of 10
I think some kids would like it and others would tolerate it. I don't think any of them would flat out dislike it and that's a plus. If teaching the piece, I'd focus on the sister and her character development. The "night people" in the doorway wold definitely get students' attention as well.