The stories in this anthology are as diverse as their creators and range from the speculative to snapshots of everyday life for people growing up in a society in flux. They confront many issues facing young adults, and they celebrate the joys of this sometimes rocky period of transition: friendship, loyalty, first love, and learning to feel comfortable in one’s own skin. These experiences are universal, and thanks to the courage and talent of authors such as these, young people of all gender identities, expressions, and orientations are starting to see themselves included. Everyone deserves a story that speaks to them, and in these pages, they’ll find that story.
Dani Anderson—To Lauren
Nick Anthony—Scrapyard Sunsets
Hilda Friday—A Progression of Love
Arbour Ames—You Saw Blue
Chloe Smith—Plenty of Fish
Caleb Andrews—I Am Logan
Sarah Caulfield—Make Mad the Guilty
Xoe Juliani—Loving You Through the Years
Irene Grant—Jordan and A.J.
Julia Dupuis—Let No Sin Rule Over Me
Frisk Gillespie—Ten Words
I thought he’d be here to love me forever. I thought he’d stand right by my side. He’d never leave me. Never betray me. I thought I could trust him—until death do us part.
Skyla Messenger’s life is changing, alliances are shifting, the Nephilim regrouping, her family expanding.
When unexpected circumstances are thrown her way, Skyla has to draw on her inner strength for the sake of her people and her family. And when she needs them most her powers prove stronger, far more unstoppable than ever before. Tired of abiding by faction rules, Skyla learns that sometimes to survive you must defy them all.
How far will she go to revoke her membership?
This is a short story confession based on a true events though names, places, and some situations have been changed or embellished. Mature situations for a more mature teen audience. Contains a young adult romance with sex situations and LBGT themes. Considered PG 13.
It is time to lie. To his parents, who think he’s on a ski trip with Pete Mitchell when he’s really gone to Madison to search for one person willing to testify for his boyfriend, Ian McGuire, who is facing the charge of assault and battery. To Ian’s parents, who have erased him from their lives. Even to himself. Because admitting his feelings for Mason Kellerman isn’t an option.
It is also time to face the truth. That Jonathan may have lied for nothing. That he may be powerless to save Ian from a guilty verdict. That whether he likes it or not, it is time for taking the stand.
Summer 1979. Rowan Marks is done with high school. Next comes college. But in between there's a yawning gulf—the last carefree summer vacation.
Rowan's older brother Ben is smoking too much dope. Her best friend Danny is in love with her. And Catherine, the new girl in their small Ohio town, rubs her the wrong way. But that's OK. Rowan can deal with it.
Just when she thinks she's got it all worked out, everything turns on its head. Catherine steals her heart, Danny falls out with her, and when Ben crashes the family car, the family secrets come tumbling out.
All of a sudden, Rowan has a stark choice—is she going to grow up or give up?
Z Egloff is an exciting new talent. Leap is an accomplished follow-up to her first novel, Verge, which won the Bywater Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.
Praise for Z Egloff's debut novel, Verge:
"Verge has heart and wit and intelligence."—Emma Donoghue, author of Room
"Verge is powerful, quirky, and fresh. . . . Z Egloff creates a rich, inclusive world and a heroine who's one of the most endearingly fallible characters I've met in a long time."—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
"With Verge, Z Egloff enters the ring of fiction with the assurance of an old hand. . . . This is a talented writer."—Carol Anshaw, author of Aquamarine
Sequel to Triane's Son Rising
Bitter Moon Saga: Book Two
When Torrant Shadow fled his homeland of Clough, he hoped to leave its threats behind. He spent four years living with the Moons, making sure Yarri had a home; now it's time for Torrant and his foster brother, Aldam, to leave for the University of Triannon, where Torrant hopes to create a new life enmeshed in healing arts and politics.
Torrant's new school friends Trieste and Aylan want to teach him about love as he settles in, and at first, Trieste's tenderness seems to make her the logical choice for an interim lover, while Torrant waits for Yarri to grow up. But Torrant has learned the hard way that nothing is simple when Clough still wields its influence over their lives. More and more, Torrant must call on the cold predator in himself, the part that Aylan most admires. The truth is, Torrant has certain gifts that give him an advantage of self-defense, but using them to protect the ones he cares for may destroy the part of him Trieste and Yarri love best.
As the four schoolmates progress to life beyond education and the evil from Torrant’s homeland becomes too pernicious to be ignored, Torrant must choose his destiny: Will he be a healer or a hero? Only Triane's Son can be both.
1st Edition published as Bitter Moon I: Triane's Son Ascending by iUniverse, 2008
Elias must pass among knights and soldiers, survive furious battle, deadly privations, moral uncertainty, and treachery if he’ll have any chance of returning to his newfound love in the magnificent city of Constantinople.
1st edition by Nan Hawthorne published by Shieldwall Books, February 2011
When he’s trying not to stare at teammates in the locker room, he’s busy hiding another secret—that he starves himself so he doesn’t get bumped to the next weight class.
Enter Julian Yang, an Adonis with mesmerizing looks and punk rocker style. Befriending the flirtatious artist not only raises suspicion among his classmates, but leaves Ian terrified he’ll give in to the desires he’s fought to ignore.
As secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Disowned, defriended, and deserted by nearly everyone, Ian’s one-way ticket out of town is revoked, leaving him trapped in a world he hates—and one that hates him back.
One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.
Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.
Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.