Foreshadow: Stories To Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Algonquin. Oct. 2020. 352p. ed. by Pan, Emily X.R. & Nova Ren Suma, eds. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781643750798.
Gr 8 Up–An anthology designed to showcase underrepresented voices in short stories. The formula is simple: A story, followed by a multi-paragraph explanation by the author, and last, Pan or Suma dissect the strategies the author used. Thus, readers are simultaneously entertained and educated. The 13 engaging and original stories in a variety of genres range from a strained relationship between mother and daughter in Tanya Aydelott’s “Flight” to the end of the world in Joanna Truman’s “Glow.” The ingenuity in the writing is reinforced by Pan and Suma’s accompanying essays. These stellar contributions from new writers are selected by a team of veteran authors, who lend a quote to introduce each story. This publication adds visibility to the Foreshadow website, which releases YA short stories monthly.
VERDICT Each story shines. An enduring anthology, appropriate for classroom use and recommended for all teen readers.

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