I’m trying to identify a book I remember reading sometime in the 2005-2006 time range. This book was in my fifth grade classroom in the US. I’ve tried searching for it a few times in the past few months, but haven’t had any luck.
It was a collection of short fantasy stories, and I assume it was a young adult fiction as the stories were all centered around children/teenagers.
I remember details of three of the stories.
In one, a young woman finds a seal/walrus hide/suit in a trunk in her grandmother’s house. She puts on the suit and becomes the animal. She adventures out into the ocean and swims very deep and runs out of breath. She falls unconscious, and wakes up to her grandmother presumably having rescued her. Her grandmother then explains that some people in her family have this ability, and she needs to practice more.
In another, a young woman starts going through puberty and finds snakes growing out of her head. Her mother and aunts then reveal that they are the Gorgon sisters, or something similar.
I believe the third is also from this same book, but I might just be mixing it up with something I read elsewhere.
A young man is working for a traveling circus. He has full eagles wings growing out of his back. They aren’t strong enough for him to fly, so he can only flap them for the people who come to see him. At the end, he has a revelation and is able to separate the eagle in him from his human self, and they split apart forever, the eagle flying away.