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13: thirteen stories that capture the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen

Thirteen short stories that capture the agony and ecstasy of being thirteen.


21 Proms
Call Number: 813.010835 T9711


21 short stories about prom written by such authors as John Green, David Levithan, Melissa de la Cruz, and Holly Black. 


After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
Call Number: 813.08762 A258 2012


An anthology of nineteen tales by well-known authors of young adult and adult literature which explore the lives of teens raised after a catastrophe, either in the first few years afterthe change or in the distant future.


Baseball in April and Other Stories
Gary Soto


A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.


The Best American Science Writing
Call Number: 500 B561 2011


The best of American science and technical writing. 


Brave New Love: 15 Dystopian tales of desire
Call Number: 813.08508 B826 2012


Presents a collection of fifteen stories about finding romance and danger in repressive, futuristic societies by such authors as Steve Berman, Jesse Karp, Diana Peterfreund, and Amanda Downum.


The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
Chris Van Allsburg


Who is Harris Burdick? For more than twenty-five years, readers have been puzzling over the illustrations by this enigmatic artist. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with his intriguingly titled pictures. And now, some of our most imaginative storytellers attempt to solve the perplexing mysteries of Harris Burdick.


Cloaked in Red
Vivian Vande Velde


Presents eight twists on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood, exploring such issues as why most characters seem dim-witted and what, exactly, is the theme.


Doctor Who: 11 doctors 11 stories

This print edition is the culmination of a year-long series of ebooks to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the hit BBC series, Doctor Who. Eleven stories, eleven authors, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor: his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures.


Does This Book Make Me Look Fat?
Call Number: 362.196398 D653


Fourteen stories and personal essays that focus on weight and body image issues written by popular authors such as Sara Zarr, Carolyn Mackler, and Ellen Hopkins.


Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions
Call Number: 813.010837 E61 2011


Anthology of paranormal tales from sixteen of today's most popular's authors. Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new landscapes and characters.


Extremities: stories of death, murder, and revenge
David Lubar


A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.


Faery Tales & Nightmares
Melissa Marr


A collection of short stories featuring tales of characters from the Wicked Lovely novels that mix with accounts of new characters.


Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits
Robin McKinley, Peter Dickinson


Short tales of the mythical, magical, and more. 


First crossing: stories about teen immigrants

Stories of recent Mexican, Venezuelan, Kazakh, Chinese, Romanian, Palestinian, Swedish, Korean, Haitian, and Cambodian immigrants reveal what it is like to face prejudice, language barriers, and homesickness along with common teenage feelings and needs.


First Kiss (Then Tell)
Call Number: 810.803559 F527 2008


Twenty-five best-selling young adult authors share stories about their first kiss. Includes quotations, facts, advice, and illustrations.


Foretold: 14 Stories of Prophecy and Prediction
Meg Cabot, Malinda Lo, Matt de la Pena, Carrie Ryan


Prophecy, prediction, fate, and fatalism in short stories form from fourteen of young adult literature's hottest authors. 


Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd
Call Number: 813.010835 G297 2009


Acclaimed authors Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.


Girl Meets Boy: because there are two sides to every story
Call Number: 813.608 G525 2012


Twelve authors of young adult fiction collaborate on this collection of paired stories told alternately from the point of view of the boy and the girl.


The Kissing Game: short stories
Aiden Chambers


A collection of sixteen 16 short stories by author Aiden Chambers.


Life on Mars: Tales From the New Frontier: an original science fiction anthology
Call Number: 813.08762 L7221 2011


For generations, people have wondered what it would be like to travel to and live there. That curiosity has inspired some of the most durable science fiction, including Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and the work of Isaac Asimov. Now the award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan has brought together thirteen original stories to explore the possibilities.


The New Kings of Nonfiction
Call Number: 814.608 N532


An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. These pieces-on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex-are meant to mesmerize and inspire. --From publisher description.


No Such Thing as the Real World: stories about growing up and getting a life
Call Number: 813.010806 N739 2009


Six award-winning young adult authors present short stories featuring teens who have to face the "real world" for the first time.


The Poison Eaters & Other Stories
Holly Black


This collection of urban fantasy stories from Holly Black is anything but your typical set of fairy tales. Vampires, Werewolves, and other dark beings haunt these pages.   


Rags and Bones: new twists on timeless tales

An anthology of reimagined classic tales by best-selling and award-winning young adult authors applies unique spins to old favorites, from Saladin Ahmed's interpretation of Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to Neil Gaiman's twisted adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty."


Same Difference
Derek Kirk Kim

Call Number: 741.5 K496 2011


A series of short stories in graphic novel format follows a group of friends in their twenties as they navigate young adulthood and relationships.


Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
Call Number: 741.5973 qS446


Appealing to both comics fans and Asian Americans seeking to claim their place in American culture, Secret Identities makes brilliant use of the conventions of the superhero comic book to expose the real face of the Asian American experience. 


Shards & Ashes

Gripping and powerful original stories of dystopian worlds from New York Times bestselling authors.


Sixteen: stories about that sweet and bitter birthday
Call Number: 813.010835 S625


A compilation of short stories about growing up, and the joys and terrors of "sweet sixteen." 


Starry-eyed: 16 Stories That Steal the Spotlight

Sixteen star-studded YA voices explore the glamour, struggles, and backstage chaos of the performing arts, while some of the biggest stars of stage and screen share their real-life stories of how they achieved their dreams.


Teenage Bluez III: a collection of urban stories
Khadijah Knight

Call Number: 813.6 T2581


Contains five stories about various aspects of modern urban life as experienced by teenagers.


There is No Long Distance Now: very short stories
Naomi Shihab Nye


Forty short stories by an award-winning author and poet.


Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction: an anthology of Japan teen stories
Call Number: 895.630108 T661 2012


One year after the tsunami, this benefit fiction anthology helps teens learn about Japan and contribute to long-term relief efforts.


Under My Hat: : tales from the cauldron
Jonathan Strahan

Call Number: 813.08738 U55 2012


An anthology of short fiction about witches.


Unnatural Creatures
Call Number: 813.08766 U58 2013


A collection of sixteen stories introduces a host of strange, wondrous beings that have never existed anywhere but in the imagination, with stories from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, and E. Nesbit.


What Are You Afraid Of?: stories about phobias
Call Number: 813.010835 W5551 2006


Anthologist Donald R. Gallo calls on eleven authors to explore what happens when fear takes on a mind of its own. For those who have phobias, that fear is exaggerated and their reactions are extreme: the heart races, sweat beads up on skin, the eyes narrow, and the throat tightens. The ten stories in this anthology all present people with debilitating anxiety, from Alex Flinn's psychological portrait of a teen with agoraphobia to David Lubar's humorous tale of a boy faced with dread incarnate in the form of his girlfriend's cat. Whether the trigger is clowns, knives, string, or crossing the street, the characters in these stories confront, are confronted by, and, in some cases, ultimately succeed in overcoming their worst fears.


What You Wish For: stories and poems for Darfur
Call Number: 810.80353 W555 2011


A collection of stories and poems with the theme of wishes.


The Wilful Eye

Six of the world's most exciting and best-loved writers have chosen fairytales as inspiration for this spellbinding and subversive short-story collection. Includes Margo Lanagan, Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland, Margaret Mahy and Martine Murray.


Z: zombie stories

Presents eleven short stories that explore how young people will cope with life after a zombie apocalypse.


Zombies vs. Unicorns
Call Number: 813.010837 Z86 2010


Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.

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