Authors join forces to craft stories on myriad topics in this col- lection of standout—and sometimes overlooked—anthologies,
all published within the last five years. —Maggie Reagan
The Anatomy of Curiosity. By Maggie Stiefvater and others.
2015. Carolrhoda/Lab, $18.99 (9781467723985). Gr. 8–11.
Three critique partners each contribute a short story and discuss what they prioritize in their own writing. For budding writers, the insight gleaned
The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War. By David Almond and
others. Illus. by Jim Kay. 2015. Candlewick, $19.99 (9780763675547). Gr. 6–9.
Each of the 11 short stories in this WWI collection has been inspired by an object from
the war. Suitably, this features an international cast of authors.
My True Love Gave to Me. Ed. by Stephanie Perkins. 2014. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99
(9781250059307). Gr. 9–12.
Twelve top YA authors create a compendium of wintry love stories perfect for a snug
evening next to the fire. Summer lovers, don’t despair: Perkins followed this up with
Summer Days and Summer Nights (2016).
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales. Ed. by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt. Illus. by
Charles Vess. 2013. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316212946). Gr. 9–12.
Twelve writers craft short stories based on their literary influences. Inspirations range
from classics (Kate Chopin’s The Awakening) to fairy tales (“Sleeping Beauty”) to gothic
thrillers (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla”).
A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls. Ed. by
Jessica Spotswood. 2016. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763678487). Gr. 9–12.
This historical-fiction anthology boasts a host of hot, diverse YA authors. These 15 stories span from 1710 to 1968 and showcase a bevy of heroines representing a multitude of
ethnicities, sexualities, and social classes.
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron. Ed. by Jonathan Strahan. 2012. Random, $16.99
(9780375868306). Gr. 9–12.
This witchy 18-story anthology offers up mature, edgy stories featuring supernatural
elements while also dealing with themes ranging from bullying to self-discovery.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Ed. by April Genevieve Tucholke. 2015. Dial, $17.99
(9780803741737). Gr. 9–12.
In this frightening collection, 14 YA authors mine familiar elements from popular culture.
Inspirations range from slasher flicks like I Know What You Did Last Summer to classics
such as Frankenstein.
Violent Ends. Ed. by Shaun David Hutchinson. 2015. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse,
$17.99 (9781481437455). Gr. 9–12.
Sixteen YA authors collaborate on a set of perspectives centered on a school shooting.
“Good-kid” Kirby brings a gun to school; each writer is challenged to create a different,
but connected, picture of the aftermath.
What You Wish For. By Meg Cabot and others. Illus. by Nate Powell. 2011. Putnam,
$17.99 (9780399254543). Gr. 5–8.
This collection of stories about the power of wishes, published to help raise money to
establish libraries in Darfuri refugee camps, features a who’s who of children’s book authors. There isn’t a weak story in the book.
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance. Ed. by Ekaterina Sedia.
2012. Running Press, $9.95 (9780762444304). Gr. 9–12.
Young women in the Victorian era rebel while gaining a newfound understanding of
their options in this look at love and independence in the age of restraint.
TOP 10 SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
By Norah McClintock.
Oct. 2016. 240p. Orca, paper, $10.95 (9781459809338).
Riley Donovan is on the case when the
most popular football player falls to his
death and the police suspect foul play. When
her friend Charlie is taken in for questioning, she must do everything in her power to
prove his innocence. McClintock’s latest YA
novel is a solid mystery featuring a likable
girl who has a Nancy Drew–like advantage
of living with her aunt, a lead detective on
the police squad. The one weakness with the
plot is the focus on a photography contest
Riley’s friends are participating in, which
relates to the name of the book—the teens
must take a picture “from above.” Readers
will believe this is going to play a significant
part in solving the mystery, but its potential
just kind of fizzles out, leading to a slight letdown. Despite this, the characters and the
explanation of who did it and why make this
a solid entry in any library collection where
mysteries are well received, and will prompt
readers unfamiliar with Riley’s first case to
seek it out. —Lindsey Tomsu
By Eric Devine.
Oct. 2016. 304p. Running Press, $16.95
(9780762459216); e-book, $16.95 (9780762461226).
Life is hard for Avery, a transgender teen
boy living in a town where a large fundamentalist congregation resides. When his
once best friend and first love, Mary—the
preacher’s daughter—is found brutally slain,
Avery is driven to find her killer. However,
the few chilling clues doled out by the murderer point to Avery as the reason behind
this monstrous crime, and his life is endangered. Flanked by his girlfriend, Beth, and
friend Charlie, Avery doesn’t feel alone as the
murderer taunts him with texts and knowledge of things he or she shouldn’t know;
but when violence threatens his friends,
Avery must be braver than he ever thought
possible. Thrumming with suspense, the
narrative’s main focus is on solving the
crime, with Avery’s gender identity playing
an important but secondary role. That said,
readers seeking a hero living with personal
identity challenges will find Avery’s struggles
with social and personal injustice compelling. Devine has written an edgy and timely
thriller that readers won’t want to put down.
My Sister Rosa.
By Justine Larbalestier.
Nov. 2016. 320p. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616956745).
Don’t let her dimples, golden ringlets,
and preternatural knack for mathematics
fool you: Rosa, 10, is a “ticking bomb,” and
Che, her older brother and sole confidant,
is the only one who knows it. Since moving from Bangkok to New York City for