A book of short stories from Minnesota aims to deliver good, old-fashioned storytelling.
In a time when literature for kids and teens is flooded with vampires, wizards, superheroes, and barbaric dystopian worlds (that are sometimes violently liberated by teens), it is refreshing to find a book of short stories that take young readers back to the ordinary, day-to-day life of a young person, days that contain drama, humor, and sometimes a little magic. This mother lode of short stories by talented Minnesota writers offers vivid glimpses into the cultural life of the state through the eyes of its youth. From the cities to the Boundary Waters, the stories, and a handful of short poems, celebrate the diversity of its landscape and inhabitants. In each story, friendships and family moments possess an authenticity that transcends race, culture, and state borders, making it accessible to readers across the country. Contributors include Swati Avasthi, Joyce Sidman, Shannon Gibney, Pete Hautman, Kristin Cronn-Mills, and Anika Fajardo, among others. The authors get into the heads of their young characters through their spot-on use of dialogue and genuine senses of innocence and wonder. This is a particularly valuable tool for educators, as the book includes author interviews as well as classroom prompts and creative-writing activities.
Young readers may be surprised to see that everyday life can be entirely engaging.