Read this in the school library - all the stories were very dysotopian. One involved a character named 'Emelen' who by the end of the story discovers they are just one of many discarded clones (MLN). Another told the story of a boy and his science fair project involving cereal where he determined that the ruling government (which was a corporation who owned all of the US) was adding a drug to dumb down the populace.

  • I remember "A Pail of Air", cool story. Googling found someone in a similar situation to you, and someone commented "anthology w/a lurid purple and orange cover, called “Tomorrow’s Children”." chawedrosin.wordpress.com/2007/05/23/…
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    Feb 19, 2013 at 1:47

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This is a long shot, but could it be The Other Side of Tomorrow, edited by Roger Elwood. For some reason I associate the name Emelen with this anthology. I thought I had a copy but after a brief search I can't find it, and a quick Google doesn't help much. The only thing is that I don't remember "A Pail of Air" being in the book.

  • ISFDB to the rescue: isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?44950 - however A Pail Of Air is not in this anthology, nor is any story that looks like it would contain "Emelen". Feb 19, 2013 at 11:21
  • See books.google.co.uk/books?id=Pr53U0JtGCcC&q=emelen so it's the story The Others by J. Hunter Holly. However this is obviously a red herring. Feb 19, 2013 at 11:45
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    Not sure why you think it's a red herring. Since The Others and the cereal story (obviously A Bowl Of Biskies by Raymond F. Jones) are both in that anthology, it's clearly the right one; OP did only say that A Pail Of Air "may" have been in it. Feb 19, 2013 at 11:53
  • Ah, yes. In fact raymondfjones.tripod.com/farthest.htm mentions the story A Bowl of Biskies and it does fit with the OP's description. I appear to have got the right book, if more by luck than judgement :-) Feb 19, 2013 at 12:09
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    Thank you all - has to be The Other Side of Tomorrow! The Speeders was also one of the stories. Many, many thanks! Now, to somehow track down a copy. Feb 19, 2013 at 14:55

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