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Bite-Sized Books: Short Stories and Poetry

These books pack a little bite! If you are short on time, you can read just a bit and you'll be satisfied.
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Prom Nights from Hell
By Cabot, Meg
Harrison, Kim
Jaffe, Michele
2007/04 - Harper Teen
9780061253096 Check Our Catalog

Five bestselling authors offer five stories on prom nights gone terribly wrong in one out-of-this-world collection. They take bad prom nights to a whole new level--a paranormally bad level. ...More

Book Cover Green Man Anthology: Tales from the Mythic Forest
By Datlow, Ellen
Windling, Terri
Vess, Charles
2002/05 - Viking Children's Books
0670035262 Check Our Catalog

Through the ages the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many beloved fantasy novels. Now the editors of over 30 anthologies have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. ...More

Book Cover Cat in Glass & Other Tales..(C
By Etchemendy, Nancy
2002/10 - Cricket Books
0812626745 Check Our Catalog

This gripping collection includes eight tales of the weird and otherworldly from the first two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award in the children's category--for "Bigger Than Death" in 1998 and for "The Power of Un" in 2000. ...More

Book Cover Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
By Heaney, Seamus
2000/02 - Farrar Straus Giroux
0374111197 Check Our Catalog

This brilliant and faithful rendering of the Anglo-Saxon epic has been revamped for the contemporary reader by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. ...More

Book Cover Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy
By November, Sharyn
2006/04 - Puffin Books
0142405493 Check Our Catalog

This star-studded follow-up to the acclaimed "Firebirds" contains riveting, original stories by some of today's masters of science fiction and fantasy, including Fancesca Lia Block, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Wynne Jones, and Tanith Lee. ...More

Book Cover Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales
By Noyes, Deborah
Kelley, Gary
2004/09 - Candlewick Press (MA)
0763622435 Check Our Catalog

Drawing on dark fantasy as well as horror and wild humor, ten contemporary authors--including Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, and Barry Yourgrau--pay homage to the gothic tale in original stories of the supernatural and the surreal. ...More

Book Cover All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories
By Vande Velde, Vivian
2006/09 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152055762 Check Our Catalog

2007 Teens’ Top Ten Winner
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A boy is trapped in a possessed car that has stalled in the path of an oncoming train. A girl is dragged into a crypt during a field trip to an eighteenth-century cemetery. A group of friends meet their fate after an unsettling visit with a backwoods psychic. And that's just the beginning. ...More

Book Cover 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen
By Howe, James
2006/09 - Simon Pulse
1416926844 Check Our Catalog

Written by some of today's finest writers for young adults, including Meg Cabot, Bruce Colville, and James Howe, this collection of stories truly captures the experience of being 13 years old. ...More

Book Cover First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants
By Gallo, Donald R.
2004/10 - Candlewick Press (MA)
0763622494 Check Our Catalog

Ten unforgettable short stories reflect the stunning diversity of experience among teenagers from many countries who make the United States their new home. Includes stories by Pam Muoz Ryan, Minfong Ho, and Marie G. Lee. ...More

Book Cover One Hot Second: Stories about Desire
By Young, Cathy
2002/06 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
0375912037 Check Our Catalog

Eleven acclaimed writers for young people capture the various expressions of desire--from first crushes to first times, and all of the charged emotions in between--in this powerful collection of original stories dealing with teens' emerging sexuality. ...More

Book Cover Necessary Noise: Stories about Our Families as They Really Are
By Cart, Michael
Noruzi, Charlotte
2003/06 - HarperTempest
0060275006 Check Our Catalog

These are stories of today's families--fractured, blended, at risk, non-traditional, and some that are even still nuclear. Renowned author and noted anthologist Cart asked the most celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" ...More

Book Cover Make Me Over: 11 Original Stories about Transforming Ourselves
By Singer, Marilyn
2005/09 - Dutton Children's Books
0525474803 Check Our Catalog


Book Cover First Kiss (Then Tell): A Collection of True Lip-Locked Moments
By Busby, Cylin
2007/12 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599901992 Check Our Catalog

Twenty-five bestselling authors for teens recount the story of their first kiss. Whether hilarious, heartwarming, dramatic, or regrettable, there's something for every reader to relate to. Quotes, facts, advice, and artwork round out the collection. ...More

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