All the twenty short stories prescribed for classes IX and X for ICSE examination to be held from 2011 onwards have been thoroughly dealt with in this critical note on 'A Treasure Trove of Short Stories'. It is seen that the summary of each story is preceded by brief notes on the author and the story to make the students have a better grip on the story. Care has been taken to retain the original atmosphere, tone and the finesse of each story in providing a comprehensive summary of each. This is followed by word meanings and notes on each story to improve the vocabulary and better grasp of the story by the students. Exhaustive short answer questions with full answers on each story have been provided to enable the students understand each story in its historical and social context. It is fervently hoped that this volume will meet all the examination requirements of students and help them come out with flying colours.