Barbara Ann Porte’s story “Sweetie Bird,” about a dead pirate’s parrot and missing treasure on Long Island, is in the book I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, collected and edited by Johanna Hurwitz (Candlewick Press), appropriately published in time for April Fool’s Day 2010. A companion book to Birthday Surprises (Morrow, 1995), I Fooled You challenged authors to create tales featuring that phrase. Results range from poetry to graphic, and stories both modern and old-fashioned. I Fooled You was simultaneously published in hardcover and paperback.

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