Short stories for children and teens. From celebrity-penned tales to fresh interpretations of the classics, here is our pick of the best for hungry readers from tots to teens. Published: 16 Dec
Short stories are a staple in the adult world of horror. There are loads of great anthologies, as well as journals and magazines, dedicated to the horror short story. Finding anthologies with YA horror short stories just takes a little bit of work.
For lots of people, reading is one of life's greatest joys, but if - like many parents - your teenager has shown no interest in getting lost between the pages of a good book, The Reading Agency has compiled a list of nine brilliant books sure to inspire and intrigue even the most sceptical of teens. A warm and witty take on living with obsessive compulsive disorder, this book was recommended by young people as a mood-boosting read. Holly Bourne perfectly captures the messy reality of being a teenager.
The bed, dressed in hand sewn quilt or threadbare blanket, may in and of itself be memorable, but it is what happens in the bed - the sex and lovemaking, the dreams, the reading, the nightmares, the rest, giving birth and dying - which give "bed" special meaning. Whether a bed is shared with a book, a child, a pet or a partner, whether lovers lie in ecstasy or indifference, whether "bed" relates to intimacy or betrayal, it is memories and recollections of "bed", in whatever form, which have triggered the writing of these thirty stories by women from southern Africa. Well known writers Joanne Fedler, Sarah Lotz, Arja Salafranca, Rosemund Handler and Liesl Jobson will delight, but you will discover here new writers from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia, each with a unique voice as they cast light on the intimate lives of women living in this part of the world and the possibilities that are both available to and denied them.
Inside A Dog is an Australian website where teenagers can talk about books, read and write book reviews, read author interviews and blogs, download podcasts and win books. It specialises in YA Young Adult verse novels, recent releases and books shortlisted for awards. Teen Reads is an enormous US site with reviews, recommended books, author biographies, interviews, a newsletter and useful information about how to start your own YA book club.
There have been a ton of great short story collections published within the last year. Kelly has been spotlighting the creation of several of them in her Anatomy of a YA Anthology series, which also includes collections of essays. Like the rest of YA, short story collections are slowly growing more diverse in all areas — race, gender, and sexuality in particular.
What's that? Your job leaves you with scarcely enough time or energy to cook occasional healthy meals, let alone lose yourself in a great book? We're sure you're busy, but we're incredulous, especially considering your fervent opinions on "The Mindy Project.