Spotlight On: Teen Short Story

Teen Short Story: This is a collection full of short story compilations from some of the most popular teen authors. If you are looking in to the Teen area, these books are located on the right hand side bookshelf right when  you enter the area.

The Wrong Train

A treasury of scary stories by the author of The Toymaker envisions the experiences of a train passenger who becomes subject to the nightmarish elements in stories told by a mysterious stranger, who demands a terrible price to make the stories end. (TEEN SHORT DE QUIDT)


Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Whether they’re obsessing over pop culture, vying for the best grades, or hunching over a computer screen, nerds are passionate about their interests — sometimes for better and other times for worse. Celebrate all things nerdy with this sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking collection of short stories from an array of bestselling YA authors (and probable nerds themselves), including John Green, M.T. Anderson, Garth Nix, and Cassandra Clare. (TEEN SHORT GEEKTASTIC)

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town. (TEEN SHORT LET IT SNOW)


M is for Magic

Eleven stories that involve strange and fantastical events. (TEEN SHORT M IS FOR MAGIC)



My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love. (TEEN SHORT MY TRUE)

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today’s best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise’s 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor. (TEEN SHORT STAR WARS)


Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed. (TEEN SHORT STEAMPUNK)


Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness 

Collects twenty short stories about the trials of high school, featuring tales from Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Liz Miles. (TEEN SHORT TRUTH)


21 Proms

A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors. (TEEN SHORT TWENTY-ONE)


Who Done It?: An Investigation of Murder Most Foul

When over eighty prominent children’s authors learn they are suspects in the murder of despicable book editor Herman Mildew, they provide less-than-credible alibis. (TEEN SHORT WHO)


“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles William Eliot


Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

These 9 short story mysteries are delightful and appeal to a variety of moods and tastes. I especially enjoyed the quirky endings in several of the stories. Katherine Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild cozy mystery series, is an Agatha Award winner. I look forward to reading one of her full-length mysteries in the near future.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC PAGE)

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

Marina Keegan graduated from Yale University in May 2012 and died in a car accident five days later. Her stories and essays were collected into this volume by one of her professors and published with the blessing of her family. After reading the history of this book’s publication in the introduction, I was prepared to pity the author and appreciate her work for the glint of future brilliance her professor seemed to believe it held.

I was not prepared for what came next. The first story, ʺCold Pastoral,ʺ time-warped me back to college. It sounds cliche to say she writes like an adult looking back, but I’m not the writer she is, so I have to rely on cliches. Again and again throughout the stories section, Keegan achieves an authenticity of voice that astounded me. She writes an elderly woman, a civilian contractor in Iraq, and a doomed submarine crewman (in the gut-wrenching ʺChallenger Deepʺ) with a transparency Stephen King could envy.

The essays are not as polished as the stories, but they can still hold their own among the work of most essayists I have read. ʺWhy We Care About Whalesʺ in particular exemplifies the best type of essay: in which a specific event serves as a prism for exploring a larger theme. Marina Keegan was not just a gifted youngster with great things in her future. She was a powerful writer who had already produced world-class work–we just didn’t know it until she was gone.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (818.6 KEE)