I love short story collections. LOVE them. You don’t see too many for the YA market, which is too bad. Fortunately, there’s a wonderful new collection out right now. And it’s a collection with a fabulous twist, since, despite being written by multiple authors, it pretty much reads like a novel.
In ONE DEATH NINE STORIES, edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith, Jr., authors like Rita Williams-Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, A.S. King, Chris Barton, Nora Raleigh Baskin, and others answer a big what if: What if a teen’s death had a ripple effect in ways nobody could have predicted? The book opens with a story about an undertaker’s apprentice, bringing in the body of a boy named Kevin. It continues to explore Kevin’s death with each story, through the eyes of a different person. Some of these people were close to Kevin — his ex-girlfriend, a childhood friend. Others only knew him because he died, like the young cosmetologist working on him at the funeral home.~ read more ~