March 19, 2010

Subject: Ten Favorite Short Story Collections

Eager to read some middle grade and young adult short stories? Here’s a list of some of my favorite collections and anthologies.

  1. 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, edited by James Howe (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing). Includes stories by Ron Koertge, Todd Strasser, and Bruce Coville.
  2. Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases, edited by Nancy Mercado, (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2008). Includes stories by Frank Portman, Sue Corbett, and Joseph Bruchac.
  3. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelluci (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009). Includes stories by Tracy Lynn, John Green, and Sara Zarr.
  4. No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices, edited by Donald R. Gallo (Laurel-Leaf Books, 1997). Includes stories by Walter Dean Myers, Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
  5. No Such Thing as The Real World: Stories about Growing Up and Getting a Life (Laura Geringer Books, 2009). Includes stories by Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, and K. L. Going.
  6. Pretty Monsters: Stories, by Kelly Link (Viking, 2008)
  7. Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief, edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, (Simon & Schuster, 2002). Includes stories by Uma Krishnaswami, Minfong Ho, and Linda Oatman High.
  8. The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, edited by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor, 2005). Includes stories by Kelly Link, Lynette Aspey, and Delia Sherman.
  9. Tripping Over the Lunch Lady and Other School Stories, edited by Nancy E. Mercado (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004). Includes stories by David Lubar, Rachel Vail, and Sarah Weeks.
  10. Up All Night: Seven Sunsets, Seven Stories (Laura Geringer Books, 2008). Includes stories by Peter Abrahams, David Levithan, and Patricia McCormick.

Would love to hear recommendations for other short story collections and anthologies!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for compiling this list! I need to read more short stories in kidlit, and you've made it som much easier for me. Thanks again.