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The Great War: stories inspired by items from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay

Summary: Writers of this collection of short stories were inspired to write about the First World War by physical objects associated with the war.

Candlewick Press

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Open Mic Riffs on Life between Cultures in Ten Voices, by Mitali Perkins

Open MicSummary:   Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic, or poingnant, in prose, poetry, and comic form.


From Hardships to Championships, by Glenn Stout

From Hardships to ChampionshipsGood Sports series
Summary:  Baseball is a great sport, but not all players had the home life as kids that nurtured their talent. Babe Ruth, Jim Peirsall, Torii Hunter, Ron LeFlore, and Joe Torre dealt with poverty, abuse, and addiction when young, and had to turn their lives around to play the game they loved. A moving look at the lives of these four great players.

Sandpiper/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Wicked Cruel, by Rich Wallace

Wicked CruelSummary: Three separate short stories, all set in the same New Hampshire town, explore the truth behind local urban legends as, for example, sixth-grader Jordan begins seeing a boy from his school who died of injuries after being bullied.


Guys Read: Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka

Guys Read series #2

Summary:  Scieszka has gathered 10 thrilling stories from stellar writers. There are ghost stories, a deeply touching tale of a wish-granting machine and one about monsters that live in storm drains. Walter Dean Myers’ tale diverges from the creepy hijinks of the others, diving into chillingly dark waters. Patrick Carman’s “Ghost Vision” delves into the supernatural. Add stories by M.T. Anderson, Matt de la Peña, Jennifer Choldenko and others for a solid collection.
This anthology is brimming with choice stuff for guys who appreciate the uncanny, the uncouth and the un-put-down-able.

Walden Pond Press

Attack of the Vampire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales, by David Lubar

Summary:  Thirty creepy stories about warped technology, revengeful ants, sadistic gym teachers, and other terrifying things. Includes author’s notes on how he got his ideas for these stories.


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Hey 13! by Gary Soto

Summary: A collection of thirteen short stories about the ups and downs of being thirteen years old.

Holiday House

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