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This booklist was contributed by Appleton Public Library Childrens Services Staff, 11/06 4/08

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Multicultural Stories

book jacket145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers(2000)Ten stories portray life on a block in Harlem.

American Eyes: New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults(1994)These ten stories reflect the conflict Asian Americans face in balancing an ancient heritage and an unknown future

book jacketCrazy Loco by David Rice(2001)A collection of nine stories about Mexican American kids growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas.

book jacketFace Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing Beyond Color(2004)Face Relations offers eleven original works by celebrated authors Joseph Bruchac, Marina Budhos, M. E. Kerr, Kyoko Mori, Jess Mowry, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rene Saldana Jr., Marilyn Singer, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sherri Winston, and Ellen Wittlinger that explore the possibilities of embracing diversity in a world still rife with bigotry and racism. As editor Marilyn Singer writes in her introduction: "...the characters in these stories tear down the barriers that separate us." Their stories may be troubled, funny, sad, or fierce, but all are full of hope.Sydetic Solutions

book jacketFirst crossing : stories about teen immigrants

Fleeing from political violence in Venezuela, Amina and her family have settled in the United States. Sarah, adopted, is desperate to know her Korean birth parents. Maya is adapting just fine to life in the U.S. and wishes her strict Kazakh parents would follow suit. Adrian's new friends have some spooky -- and hilarious -- misconceptions about his Romanian origins. Martine is fighting proud of her Haitian roots, while Sopeap embraces her Cambodian heritage more cautiously... Whether they've transitioned from Mexico to the United States or from Ramallah to New Mexico, the characters in this anthology have all ventured far and have faced innumerable challenges. Hundreds of teen immigrants arrive on U.S. soil every year, every one of them unique. Here are ten unforgettable short stories -- written by acclaimed, award-winning authors for young adults -- that reflect this stunning diversity.

book jacketInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri(1999)Stories about Indians in India and America. The story, A Temporary Matter, is on mixed marriage, Mrs. Sen's is on the adaptation of an immigrant to the U.S., and in the title story an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors.

book jacketIsland Boyz: Short Stories by Graham Salisbury(2003)In this rich collection, Salisbury's love for Hawaii and its encircling sea shines through every story. Readers will share the rush a boy feels when he leaps off a cliff into a ravine or feasts his eyes on a beautiful woman. They'll find stories that show what it takes to survive prep school, or a hurricane, or the night shift at Taco Bell, or first love.

book jacketIsland Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer(1995)Twelve stories about young people caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings.

book jacketJoin In: Multiethnic Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults(1993)Seventeen authors, at the invitation of the editor, wrote these stories especially for this collection featuring teenagers in America from various ethnic backgrounds.

book jacketMoccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today(2005)Presents ten short stories about contemporary Native American teens by members of tribes of the United States and Canada, including Louise Erdrich and Joseph Bruchac.

book jacketThicker Than Water: Coming of Age Stories by Irish and Irish American Writers(2001)Twelve lively and beguiling stories explore coming-of-age in Ireland today. The perfect novel for teens who are eager to discover "How the Irish Saved Civilization" and who read or saw Angela's Ashes. Twelve remarkable coming-of-age stories capture both the "old," beguiling Ireland and its new energy today.

book jacketWalk in my World: International Short Stories for Youth by Anne Mazer(2000)A collection of short stories from around the world including such authors as Valentin Rasputin, Yasunari Kawabata, and Toni Cade Bambara.

Teen Life

book jacket13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen(2003)Written by some of today's finest writers for young adults, these stories -- by turns funny and sad, wrenching and moving -- truly capture the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen. Book jacket

book jacket21 proms

A collection of 21 stories about.....prom night.

book jacketBest American Nonrequired Reading(2002)

book jacketBig City Cool: Short Stories about Urban Youth(2002)In these fourteen authentic short stories, young people growing up in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, and elsewhere contend with city realities.Sydetic Solutions

book jacketDandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury(1957)

book jacketDoing Time: Notes from the Undergrad by Rob Thomas(1997)Each of these ten short stories focuses on a high school student's mandatory 200 hours of community service and the youth's response to the required project.

book jacketEvery Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories About Being a Guy(2005)An anthology of ten original short stories about such things as family problems, sexuality, and courage, written by well-known authors of children's books.

book jacketGone From Home: Short Takes by Angela Johnson(1998)A collection of short stories in which young people extend help to those around them while trying to find hopeful answers to life's problems.

book jacketGuys Write for Guys Read(2005)There's something for every guy in this collection of stories, mini-memoirs, advice, poems, comics and drawings chosen by readers on the Guys Read web site.

book jacketHelp Wanted: Short Stories About Young People Working(1997)A collection of twelve short stories exploring the world of work, by such authors as Gary Soto, Norma Fox Mazer, and Ray Bradbury.

book jacketKissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance by Kathi Appelt(2000)Graduating eighth graders relate their stories of love and heartbreak that have brought them to Dogwood Junior High's magical Stardust Dance.

book jacketLost and Found: Award Winning Authors Sharing Real Life Experiences Through Fiction(2000)From the silent horror of an image-obsessed teenager starving herself to perfection to the hilarious humilations of a freshman forced to endure fencing class, each of these stories is a very personal and creative response to a simple question: Where do writers get their ideas? The answer? Anywhere and everywhere

book jacketNecessary Noise: Stories About Our Families as They Really Are(2003)Noted anthologist Michael Cart asked celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" The ten stories in this anthology provide some illuminating -- and sometimes surprising -- answers. Here family is defined by the connections between all kinds of people -- and the necessary noise they make. Sydetic Solutions

book jacketNo Missing Parts: and Other Stories about Real Princesses(2002)In ten short stories, award-winning author Anne Carter illuminates the lives of young women living in different times and places in Canada -- each offering her own twist on what it means to confront fairy-tale dreams.

book jacketOn the Fringe(2001)Offering insights into popularity and peer pressure, nonconformity and persecution, acceptance and hate, these riveting, provocative tales will leave readers thinking and start them talking. Sydetic Solutions

book jacketOne Hot Second: Stories About Desire(2002)A collection of eleven stories by award-winning authors that explore the many varieties of teenage desire, including first crushes, first kisses, and first times.

book jacketPast Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories by Richard Peck(2004)A collection of short stories, including two previously unpublished ones, that deal with the way things could be.

book jacketShelf Life: Stories by the Book(2003)Ten short stories in which the lives of young people in different circumstances are changed by their encounters with books.

book jacketSmall Avalanches and Other Stories by Joyce Oates(2003)A collection of twelve short stories for young people including "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," "Life After High School," and "How I Contemplated the World."

book jacketStay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls(1998)A collection of short stories by various authors, including Andrea Davis Pinkney, M.E. Kerr, and Anne Mazer, about adolescent girls coming of age.

book jacketTime to Love: Stories from the Old Testament by Walter Dean Myers(2003)A retelling of six stories from the Old Testament, which explore the complexity of love from the perspective of Ruth, Delilah, Reuben, Isaac, Gamiel, and Zillah.

book jacketTwice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art(2006)Presents nine drawings by a single illustrator, each of which has been translated into a story by two different authors writing about what they imagine is going on in the picture.

book jacketWhat a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music(2004)Twelve stories describe the power of music in young people's lives, from forming a community of individuals in a high school band to helping a young man connect to his Indian heritage through ancient songs.

book jacketWhat they found : love on 145th street by Walter Dean Myers(2007)Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love, such as a dying father's determination to help start a family business--a beauty salon--and the relationship of two teens who plan to remain celibate until they marry.

book jacketWho am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and Boys in their Lives by Sharon Flake(2004)Short stories about teenage love and angst.

book jacketYoung Warriors: Stories of Strength(2005)Fifteen original short stories by various authors relate the exploits of teenage warriors who defeat their enemies with cunning and skill as they strive to fulfill their destinies.

book jacketZebra and Other Stories by Chaim Potok(1998)A collection of stories about six different young people who each experience a life-changing event.

Humorous Stories

book jacketA Couple of Kooks and Other Stories About Love by Cynthia Rylant(1992)A collection of eight short stories in which a variety of special characters experience the transfiguring power of love.

I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost by Ellen Conford(1994)A collection of seven humorous stories reflecting the ups and downs of teenage love and life.

book jacketNastybook by Barry Yourgrau(2005)Forty-three stories feature such characters as guardian angels who run away from their charges, witches who use the Internet to stalk their victims, and pandas who work as assassins.

book jacketSixteen: Stories about that Sweet and Bitter Birthday(2004)McCafferty has compiled a collection of short stories that captures all of the angst, drama, and wonder of that oddly important milestone age. Other featured authors include Meg Cabot ("The Princess Diaries"), Emma Forrest, and Julianna Baggott ("Girl Talk").Sydetic Solutions

Frightening Stories

book jacketAll the Old Haunts by Chris Lynch(2001)Our lives are shaped by events from the moment we are born. Sometimes we are lucky...sometimes we are not. Almost always, we find a way to get by....A kid visited by memories of his dead cousin and tortured by his decision not to take a leap. A twin tormented by his monstrous brother. A couple blown apart by an unintended pregnancy. A personal discovery that threatens disaster. A bitter anger whose object is beyond the reach of revenge. A longing to live a forbidden life.In a new collection of sharp, glittering short stories, award-winning author Chris Lynch gives us a candid and intense look at a collection of young lives from the inside out.Sydetic Solutions

book jacketBeing Dead: Stories by Vivian Vande Velde(2001)Seven supernatural stories, all having something to do with death.

book jacketDemons and Shadows: the Ghostly Best Stories of Robert Westall by Robert Westall(1993)A collection of ten of the author's previously published ghostly tales, including "Rachel and the Angel" and "The Creatures in the House," and the previously unpublished "Graveyard Shift."

book jacketGothic: Ten Original Dark Tales(2004)Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten acclaimed authors pay homage to the gothic tale in wide-ranging stories of the supernatural and surreal.

book jacketHorowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read by Anthony Horowitz(2006)Nine horror stories set in England focus on everyday items that have sinister qualities.

book jacketInvasion of the Road Weenies and other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar(2005)A collection of thirty-five stories featuring such horrors as a monstrous Halloween costume, a midnight visit to a graveyard, and a hearing-impaired genie. Includes author's notes on how he got his ideas for these stories.

book jacketTales of Terror by Edgar Poe

The masque of the Red Death -- The black cat -- The pit and the pendulum -- The tell-tale heart -- The cask of Amontillado -- The fall of the House of Usher.

book jacketTruly Grim Tales(1995)A guilt-ridden prince with a foot fetish seeking his glass-slippered dance partner and a beauty contest winner as Snow White's murderous stepmother are featured in two of the original "grim" plots in this young adult collection loosely based on eight traditional fairy tales.

book jacketWhat are you afraid of? Stories about Phobias(2006)Presents ten short stories by well-known authors featuring teenagers with phobias, inluding fear of gaining weight, fear of clowns, and fear of cats.

Sports Stories

book jacketAthletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher(1991)A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

book jacketLove, Football, and Other Contact Sports by Alden Carter(2006)A collection of stories about high school students from one end of the social spectrum to the other. Wisconsin Author.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

book jacketDreams and Visions: Fourteen Flights of Fantasy(2006)A collection of fourteen science fiction and fantasy short stories by young adult fiction authors.

book jacketFlight Volume One(2005)YA Graphic Novel

book jacketFlight Volume Three(2006)YA Graphic Novel

book jacketFlight. Volume Two(2005)YA Graphic Novel

book jacketLittle Red Riding Hood in the Big Bad City(2004)Seventeen classic fairy tales are made enchantingly modern by some of today's hottest science fiction and fantasy authors, who set these tales in urban surroundings. Authors include Tanya Huff, Jean Rabe, Jody Lynn Nye, and Michelle West.Sydetic Solutions

book jacketM is for magic by Neil Gaiman(2007)Eleven stories that involve strange and fantastical events.

book jacketNew Magics: An Anthology of Today's Fantasy(2004)

book jacketTales from Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin(2004)YA Paperback

book jacketWater: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley(2002)

book jacketYear's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection(2005)A collection of science and fantasy fiction from some of today's most popular writers, including Garth Nix, David Gerrold, and Delia Sherman.

Stories About Issues

book jacketBlack Juice by Margo Lanagan(20055)Provides glimpses of the dark side of civilization and the beauty of the human spirit through ten short stories that explore significant moments in people's lives, events leading to them, and their consequences.

book jacketThe Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope(2001)A collection of stories dealing with different kinds of loss experienced by young people.

book jacketI Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion(2000)An anthology of stories for teenagers exploring the topics of religion, belief, and spirituality by award-winning authors, including M.E. Kerr, Kyoko Mori, and Virginia Euwer Wolff.

book jacketNo Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices(1997)A collection of sixteen short stories, by Louise Plummer, M.E. Kerr, Jack Gantos, and others, about teenagers in situations that test their character.

book jacketOn the Edge: Stories at the Brink(2000)A collection of twelve stories by different writers and in different genres in each of which a young person is physically and/or emotionally on the edge.

book jacketPlaces I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers(1999)A collection of short stories accompanied by short essays on censorship by twelve authors whose works have been challenged in the past.

book jacketRed spikes by Margo Lanagan(2007)MARGO LANAGAN'S ELECTRIFYING stories take place in worlds not quite our own, and yet each one illuminates what it is to be human. They are stories of yearning for more, and learning to live with what you have. Stories that show the imprint love leaves on us all.If you think you don't like short fiction, that a story can't have the depth or impact of a novel, then you haven't read Margo Lanagan. A writer this startling and this original doesn't come along very often. So for anyone who likes to be surprised, touched, unsettled, intrigued, or scared senseless, prepare to be dazzled by what a master storyteller can do in a few short pages.From the Hardcover edition. Syndetics

book jacketShattered: Stories of Children and War(2004)

book jacketSoul Searching: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief(2002)"We must fight the tendency to reduce the world's cultures to sound bites and remember that all religions in all countries are composed of real people." So writes Lisa Rowe Fraustino in her introduction to Soul Searching, an inspired collection of short stories and the answer to the prayers of anyone looking for a book that ponders faith. Thirteen stirring narratives by acclaimed authors illuminate the world's major religions -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism -- as well as a few lesser-known belief systems.Sydetic Solutions

book jacketThis is push : an anthology of new writing(2007)

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