Eager to read some middle grade and young adult short stories? Here’s a list of some of my favorite collections and anthologies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pretty Monsters: Stories, by Kelly Link (Viking, 2008)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!