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.
All are available in Spring from Random House, wherever books are sold. Of all of the must-read lists I have done so far, this was probably the easiest, because there are so many amazing contemporary short story collections. Story collections are such a gift: a whole bunch of different stories in one convenient place!
When a new reader wants to wade into the YA category of books or a seasoned reader wants to expand their knowledge, one good place to begin or deepen the journey is through award-winning YA books. There are several categories of YA book awards, ranging from those given by peers in the field, those given by genre organizations, those given by librarians, and many more. Award-winning YA books span all genres and styles, fiction and nonfiction, as well as comics and beyond.
The Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction is an annual literary award for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. Only Australians are eligible for the award. Unlike the other major Australian speculative fiction award, the Ditmar Awardit divides work into sub-genre and age categories, and is judged as such. Two separate awards are given in each of those divisions, one for novels and one for short stories.
The beautifully realised story of best friends Eden and Bonnie and the man that stretches their friendship to breaking point is a triumph of rounded characterisation and compelling, sensitive prose. A tender portrayal of the nuanced reality of teenage experiences and the journey to discovering who you are and what you stand for. A gripping, emotionally charged yet credible and generous exploration of teenage friendship and the limitations of loyalty and love, Goodbye Perfect is a novel written by an author at the top of her game.
Three women observe a party and reflect on their relationships with one another. This story was later published in her collection Virgin: And Other Stories. Read it at Granta.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious awards in American letters. Established by legendary newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it has been awarded to authors since The Pulitzer Advisory Board, an member body of journalists and academics, appoints three people to the Fiction jury every year.
Each year, School Library Journal creates a Best Of Listwhich covers picture books, middle grade, young adult, and nonfiction titles. A sample of those books are below:. Search this Guide Search.
Mandy Hager is best known as a writer for young adults, though her published work also includes novels for adults, non-fiction resources for youth, scripts and short stories. In she was the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. HagerMandy — writes within a range of different genres, but is perhaps most notable for her young adult fiction.