In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Read more...
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In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children's publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.
From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.
"There's plenty of magic in this collection to go around." -Booklist, Starred
"A natural for middle school classrooms and libraries, this strong collection should find eager readers"
"Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms."-School Library Journal, Starred
"Thought provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred
- ISBN-13: 9781101934593
- ISBN-10: 110193459X
- Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-14
- Reviewer: Staff
This short story collection, edited and introduced by We Need Diverse Books cofounder Oh, features 10 stories for all of us from authors who include Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Meg Medina, and Walter Dean Myers. Each story stands on its own, but the collection as a whole highlights the importance of perspective, perseverance, wonder, courage, and creativity during the middle school years. A thoughtful entry from Matt de la Peña, written in second person, centers on a Mexican-American teenager who does well at school but sees basketball as a path to those tree-lined lives they always show on TV. In Grace Lins delightful The Difficult Path, literacy proves an unexpected ticket to a life with pirates for a Chinese girl eager to escape an arranged marriage. And Jacqueline Woodsons elegiac Main Street focuses on the relationship between an 11-year-old white girl and her tall and brown and beautiful best friend in a New Hampshire town where the leaves were the only color. Thought provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed. Ages 812. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Jan.)
Bright stories from diverse voices
BookPage Children's Top Pick, January 2017
A young man spends his summer being shut out of basketball games and learns a valuable lesson about persistence. Choctaw storytelling traditions keep a family in stitches, in between eye rolls. A girl’s anger when her father allows an injustice to stand shifts as she realizes he’s gently changing the world on her behalf. These stories and more fill Flying Lessons & Other Stories, and each unique journey reinforces the notion that diversity in publishing is not just welcome but vital.
The anthology, edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Ellen Oh, doesn’t limit itself to the here and now. Grace Lin’s fable “The Difficult Path” describes indentured servant Lingsi’s unexpected journey out of servitude in ancient China, a life made possible because she’s a rare commodity: a female who can read. Debut author Kelly J. Baptist sets much of “The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn” in a public library, where Isaiah escapes his difficult home life and disappears into the notebook his late father left behind. Stories by Kwame Alexander, Tim Federle, Jacqueline Woodson and the late Walter Dean Myers, to whom the book is dedicated, never let the reader stay in one place too long . . . and that’s the point.
By turns quick and funny, thoughtful and heartbreaking, Flying Lessons & Other Stories will expand your worldview in quick, addictive bites. Prepare for liftoff and enjoy.