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The New York Times bestselling author of Every Day, Someday, and Two Boys Kissing is back with a short story collection about love--perfect for Valentine's Day or year-round reading! A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush. A Valentine's Day in the life of Every Day's protagonist "A." A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing. 19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan's tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine's Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there's something for every reader here. Witty, romantic, and honest, teens (and adults) will come to this collection not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round.
"If any proof were needed that literature for young adults has come of age, Lisa Heggum has provided it in this extraordinary anthology, which demonstrates--once and for all--the inextricable connection between young adult and adult literature. Older teens and adults will recognize the commonalities of their interests and experiences in these superbly realized and selected short stories. Bravo!" --Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and Founding Editor of Rush Hour "Dark, tender, and funny, this is the book I wanted when I was a teen." --Maggie MacDonald, author of Kill the Robotand member of the Hidden Cameras and Republic of Safety This anthology combines powerful young adult fiction and adult fiction with teen appeal. It gathers stories of interest to older teen readers, an often overlooked group. Many teens think young adult books are too simple or out of touch, or both. They often skip them entirely and turn to adult books, thinking they are more challenging. But these readers often have trouble locating adult literature that deals with issues relevant to their lives. The stories in this collection are funny, nasty, playful, heartbreaking, angry, honest, authentic and surreal. They're about family, friends, obstacles, searching, love, loss, music, sex, discovery and growing up. Lisa Heggum, a librarian passionate about reaching older teen readers, has gathered stories from some of the brightest lights writing today. Authors included in this anthology: Gil Adamson Diana Aspin Gary Barwin Martha Brooks Ivan E. Coyote Brian Doyle Anne Fleming Lee Henderson James Henegan Sheila Heti Susan Kernohan Carrie Mac Derek McCormack Janet McNaughton Joe Ollmann Michel Rabagliati Stuart Ross Arthur Slade Susannah M. Smith Ania Szado Madeleine Thien Tim Wynne-Jones
The teen years are marked by inevitable struggles to break free from family, to strike out on one's own, to make a mark. Throughout this powerful and moving collection of stories, the protagonists show their yearning to assert their individuality, find new friendships, confront death and discover places for themselves. Close-Ups confronts teen readers with the sometimes exultant, sometimes anguished, but always riveting turf of adolescence. Under one cover these seventeen stories, from such acknowledged talents as Martha Brooks, Brian Doyle, Sarah Ellis, Bernice Friesen, Linda Holeman, Kevin Major, Budge Wilson, Tim Wynne-Jones and many others, salute the rich and varied talents of Canadian writers for teens. All proceeds from this celebratory collection go to the work of the Canadian Children's Book Centre-the most vital organization in the country when it comes to the promotion and advocacy of Canadian children's books. In purchasing this book, booksellers, librarians, teachers and readers take a direct role in supporting the agency without which there would have been no outstanding body of children's literature over the past two decades. Red Deer Press, in acknowledging the critical role of the Centre, has donated all of its resources to bring this book to publication. As well, the writers, designer, cover artist and sales and distribution personnel have donated their talents to see this book reach its readers.
Here is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning anthology Firebirds! Firebirds Risingtakes readers from deep space to Faerie to just around the corner. It is full of magic, humour, adventure, and - best of all - the unexpected. The one thing readers can count on is marvellous writing. Firebirds Risingproves once again that Firebirdis a gathering place for writers and readers of speculative fiction from teenage to adult, from the United States to Europe, Asia, and beyond.
"First times" can be life-changing experiences. Marthe Jocelyn has selected fourteen unforgettable stories, written by several of the best authors in North America, which explore human nature and take the reader on a transforming journey. From innocent firsts, such as first blue jeans, first boyfriend, first job, first step into adulthood, to the more complex first disillusionment, first inappropriate love, first family breakup, first breach of trust, to the shocking first dead body and first night alone, the stories in First Times -- in all their diversity -- embrace and captivate with their power. Contributors include Martha Slaughter, Curtis Parkinson, Susan Juby, Alan Cumyn, Susan Adach, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Gillian Chan, Bill Habeeb, Nancy Hartry, Bill Richardson, Tim Wynne-Jones, Marthe Jocelyn, and Sarah Ellis.
Originally published by Image Comics in 2004, Flight, Volume One launched this graphic novel series with a resounding bang. Since then the Flight series has steadily increased in popularity-and now all of the Flight backlist will be coming to Villard!Flight, Volume One received a great boost when graphic novel hero Scott McCloud praised the quality and artistry of the book in an afterward entitled THE YEAR COMICS TOOK FLIGHT. Little could readers know at the time how prophetic McCloud's words would prove to be."Regardless of where it's shelved, this book belongs in every library." - Library Journal on Flight, Volume OneAuthors included in Flight, Volume One are- Bengal, Bill Mudron, Catia Chien, Chris Appelhans, Clio Chiang, Derek Kirk Kim, Dylan Meconis, Enrico Casarosa, Erika Moen, Hope Larson, Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, Jake Parker, Jen Wang, Joel Carroll, Kazu Kibuishi, Khang Le, Neil Babra, Philip Craven, Rad Sechrist, and Vera Brosgol.
Fractures is a collection of twelve deeply affecting stories that address contemporary family relationships and dynamics through a child's or teenager's eyes. Although these stories (most of which are new to this collection) deal with difficult issues and themes--sibling rivalry, alcoholism, illness, child abuse and neglect--each offers powerful moments of revelation, even of redemption, as its protagonists seek out and connect with others. In "Like a Water Lily,"the neglected daughter of an alcoholic parent is offered the chance to see herself through different, and more caring, eyes; in "My War,"a girl cannot understand her fatherÕs refusal to talk about his experiences as a soldier until a pivotal event occurs in her own life; in "Fathers,"a teacher's challenge allows two boys to acknowledge very different truths about their dads as well as themselves; while in "The Metaphor,"a girl's connection to a teacher sharply and revealingly contrasts her relationship with her mother. These are haunting and entrancing stories that are immensely readable and satisfying.
Friendships is a subtle and moving collection of stories about surprising moments of understanding from unlikely sources. In "The Snake," a girl faces her fears with help from a strange ally; in "Father by Mail," a teenager writes down all the things he could never say to the parent who has left him behind; and in "Bruno," a boy discovers a way to deal with a bully. These perceptive and contemporary stories, by one of Canada's best-loved and award-winning authors for young readers, show struggling boys and girls making a connection with someone who can bring them to a kind of balance.
Drawing on dark fantasy as well as horror and wild humour, ten contemporary authors pay homage to the gothic tale in original stories of the supernatural and the surreal. Vampires, ghosts, witches and haunted houses are featured in this compilation of frightening tales by Joan Aiken, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix. Age 14+.
26 stories that explore universal rites of passage as well as culture-specific complexities of youth: Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel García Marquez, Bharati Mukherjee, BenOkri, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, Nauguib Mahfouz, Margaret Drabble, Zoe Wicomb, B. Wongar, and more.
It starts with the story of Arthur Clive Pinner, a Home Boy shipped to Canada in 1909, desperate for some kind of refuge. Flash forward ninety years: the now ancient Art Pinner sits in his wheelchair, vaguely aware of the intrigues and stresses of twenty-first century Sky Falls. The real-life dramas swirling around Art make up the bulk of this collection of thirteen stories about a group of young people coming of age in a small town in northern Ontario. These are stories in which teenagers come to terms with their sexuality, with private shame and public tragedy, with emerging love, with heroism-and with the inexplicable spirits and small miracles that are at work in their lives. Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year Award Shortlist (2004) Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection
Canadian Science Writers' Association's Science in Society Journalism Award Winner, Youth Book category, 2007 From the Tales from the Wonder Zone series: POLARIS Solar storms ... Visitors from other worlds ... The struggle to survive a changing climate ... Solving mysteries under ice ... And above ... Celebrate the wonders of polar science with our talented authors as they let their imaginations soar over this world and beyond. But beware. Knowledge can help you survive. It can also reveal what you must fear! Featuring Sarah Niedoba's winning story from the International Polar Year's Student Writing Contest and a special introduction by IPY Youth Steering Committee members, Amber Church and Tyler Kuhn. 10 original science-fiction stories based on the science and technology used to understand and explore polar regions on Earth and elsewhere. From understanding climate change on Earth to the search for life within the ice of Mars or Europa, polar science has never been more central to unraveling the secrets of our past, present and future. Polaris uses the speculation and imagination of science fiction to explore polar science itself. Where might it take us? What might certain discoveries mean? And at what cost do we take the frozen poles for granted? Award-winning editor Julie E. Czerneda has invited not only professional science fiction writers, including such well-respected names as Stephen Baxter, to contribute their talents, but also, with the help of the IPY Youth Committee, arranged for an international writing contest open to students from around the world interested in polar science. The best of these stories, vetted for their science as well as the quality of writing, appear in Polaris. A celebration of science and creativity. A thoughtful, provocative look at what the future may hold for all of us. Polaris is an unforgettable trip to the domain of ice and snow.
Famous tales refashioned in Latin American settings Eleven classic tales are retold with an injection of Latino culture, providing a twist on the traditional forms while sustaining a freshness all their own. The title story, "Red Ridin' in the Hood," moves the setting to the barrio, where Red decides to brave dangerous Forest Street in order to reach her abuelita and encounters the menacing wolf in a thumping Chevy lowrider. Some stories are set in the Mexican countryside; in "Belleza y La Bestia," the beautiful heroine is a defender of the Revolution and teaches the beast about the righteousness of the freedom fighters. "El Día de los Muertos," a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, takes place in the time of the Aztecs and casts Orpheus as the feather-maker Nochehuatl. These and the other cuentos in this book are further brought to life by abundant illustrations, by turns comical and poignant.
Once again R.P. MacIntyre ups the speed limit with a collection of stories that are journeys into the delight and terror of emerging self-consciousness. From a strange party in honour of a dying hamster to a young man's quest to find his missing sister, Revved resonates with the authentic experiences of today's youth and the reverberations of their extraordinary imaginations.
For children ages 7 to 11, this landmark anthology, written and illustrated by young Deaf people, introduces kids to Deaf characters in a fun way. Within each story are quirky illustrations, how-to handsigns, vital lifestyle information and interesting history on devices for the Deaf.
The stories that inspired Antonin Dvorak's enchanting operas Once upon a time, deep in the forests of Bohemia...enchantment was as thick as the trees, and young men and women of all kinds met and fell in love under the spell of the silver moon. Many years later, Czech composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) set some of their stories to music. As the stories came to life on stage, they found an audience in the hearts of grownups and children around the world. Here are three of Dvorak's Bohemian tales, richly told and lovingly illustrated. Meet Rusalka, Bohemia's own little mermaid; and Lidushka, the peasant who danced with a king. Then there is Kate, saved from certain doom by her own bad temper! Just as in all the best fairytales, love suffers and is rewarded in these stories, and a good heart and quick thinking are enough to win the day. Antonin Dvorak's own life had a bit of a fairy tale in it, as readers learn in these pages. His musical talent lifted him from the shopkeeper's life he was born to, up to the heights of international stardom. But his art was always deeply rooted in the folktales and songs of his homeland. Silver Moon celebrates that wellspring of creativity in a new and luminous way.
In Something to Hang On To award-winning author Beverley Brenna constructs a diverse cast of quirky and honest young teens in tough times. In varied settings characters battle through adversity: a fear of heights, family violence, the physical cage of Down syndrome, ossifying muscular dystrophy, the artistic world of autism, and even a toe caught in the vacuum. In these positive fictions, teens find ways to overcome their obstacles by capturing lasting resolutions from within. In "Foil Butterflies" a creative boy with a rare form of autism escapes to his tree house to write poetry and personify gum wrappers. Set in pre-colonial Canada, "Gift of the Old Wives" is a story about a young Cree girl with a unique gift, which allows her to predict an impending Blackfoot attack on her tribe. In "Finding Your Voice" an exceptional and unconditional friendship is made between an insular foster child and a girl immobilized by muscular dystrophy. In "One of the Guys" Brenna employs rare writing mechanics in a first person narration of a boogey boarding teen boy who finds solace in ocean waves. By using effective problem solving to overcome the seemingly impossible, these characters become encouraging examples for all teens to look within for resolve and to reach out to others in need. The twelve stories that comprise Something to Hang On To vary in time, place, and voice offering pathos as well as zany humour, creating maximum appeal for their reading audience.
“Tales From Outer Suburbia” is a collection of illustrated stories about, among other things, a water buffalo who hangs out in a vacant lot and gives directions to local kids; stick figures who get beaten up by neighborhood bullies; a giant dugong that appears on someone’s lawn; and the lonely fate of all the unread poetry that people write — it joins a vast “river of waste that flows out of suburbia.”
For this intriguing collection, Hunt sent nine hauntingly surreal images to 18 authors and asked each one to write a story based on the image. Sometimes the same picture can tell two different stories, as this collection shows. Illustrations.
To mark Alberta's Centennial, the Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling has brought together eighteen tales that reflect the diverse experience of Albertans in their province. These stories reflect experiences from longtime residents and recent immigrants, from the aboriginal community and settlers in the province. There are practical jokes and rich gossip-and musings about the very nature of storytelling itself. Most of the stories have never appeared in written form, so the collection is a treasure house of Alberta lore, caught for all time in these pages. Readers will be inspired to collect the bits and pieces of stories from their own lives, to believe in their story enough to tell it to someone, to become the storyteller.
A collection of tales of imaginary worlds and not-quite-ordinary people. From the young girl who finds work experience at the Commonwealth Time Laboratories isn't quite what she expected; to a teenage boy suppressing his feelings for his best friends with surprising results.
There is "The Ugly One," whose only solace comes when she is locked inside her own head. In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.
From the celebrated author ofThe ChosenandMy Name is Asher Levcomes an outstanding work of fiction for young adults. Zebra and Other Storiescharts moments of grief, crisis, or change for its teenage protagonists: an injury; the loss of a parent; one family's remembered grief, another's thinly buried secrets; the complex hopes that accompany a birth and the shattering impact of death. Containing six stories that are rich in drama and sharp in understanding, this is a memorable collection from a master storyteller that speaks clearly to young adults.