I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life
I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life
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Annotation: Popular young-adult authors weave together questions of identity, loss, and redemption into poignant tales for today's teens.
Catalog Number: #118154
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 290 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-374-30258-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-374-30258-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015006007
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The hottest trend in YA literature is the renaissance of realistic fiction. Here, as further evidence, is a collection of 12 stories rooted in realism. Well, one of the stories, Stephen Emond's illustrated tale "The Night of the Living Creeper" is narrated by a cat, but, otherwise, here are some examples: Jason Schmidt's visceral story of a school shooting; Kekla Magoon's tale of a mixed-race girl trying to find a place she belongs; Marcella Pixley's operatic entry of a mother's mental illness; and Patrick Flores-Scott's haunting take on a brother's life-changing sacrifice. Happily, not all of the stories portray reality as grim. Some, like Kristin Elizabeth Clark's gay-themed coming-out story, Jordan Sonnenblick's older-but-wiser romance, and Faith Erin Hicks' graphic-novel offering about gay teens, are refreshingly lighthearted and sweet spirited. Many of the authors in this fine collection are emerging talents and their stories are, for the most part, successful. One of their characters laments how some "don't want to know about what goes on in the real world." This collection shows them.
Horn Book
Twelve established and up-and-coming authors share short pieces of contemporary realistic fiction for teens in this anthology. Although each story strikes a distinct narrative tone--from humorous to confessional to quietly lyrical--most focus on the everyday challenges of maintaining familial and romantic relationships. This consistent, satisfying collection will introduce fans of the genre to promising new voices.
Voice of Youth Advocates
This collection of twelve original short stories by young adult authors, including Jordan Sonnenblick, Kekla Magoon, Faith Erin Hicks, and Jason Schmidt, takes on some of life's more difficult topics: sexuality, addiction, immigration, mental illness, and violence, among others. While the stories vary in tone and format, they each address the consequences of decisions made (or not made) by or for teens. On the lighter end of the spectrum are Sonnenblick's "The Sweeter the Sin," a tale of the girl who got away, and Stephen Emond's "The Night of the Living Creeper," a cat's-eye view of a Halloween party and the characters encountered there. Both Kristin Elizabeth Clark's "The Downside of Fabulous" and Hicks's "Untitled" address sexual identity and present positive stories of coming out. Particularly well done are Heather Demetrios's "Three Imaginary Conversations with You" and Magoon's "Makeshift." In Demetrios's story, the reader is brought inside the mind of teenage girl trying to break up with her controlling boyfriend as she plays out different scenarios of ending the relationship. The narrator's wavering is heartbreakingly believable. Magoon effectively captures the feelings of upheaval, anger, and helplessness experienced when life unravels due to situations outside one's control in her story of a teen and her mother forced out of their home by domestic violence.While not every story shines as brightly as these two, the collection is strong overall and offers realistic portrayals of teenagers in emotionally charged situations.Bethany Martin.
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Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL790L

An anthology of twelve original short stories by top authors exploring real issues for real teens. Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned. Contributing authors include Jay Clark , Kristin Clark , Heather Demetrios , Stephen Emond , Patrick Flores-Scott , Faith Hicks , Trisha Leaver , Kekla Magoon , Marcella Pixley , James Preller , Jason Schmidt , and Jordan Sonnenblick . "These 12 stories manage to capture all of the laughter, tears, struggles, horrors and highlights of being a teenager and I loved every minute of it!" - TeenReads

Three imaginary conversations with you / Heather Demetrios
The downside of fabulous / Kristin Elizabeth Clark
The night of the living creeper / Stephen Edmond
Makeshift / Kekla Magoon
Things you get over, things you don't / Jason Schmidt
Coffee chameleon / Jay Clark
Hush / Marcella Pixley
Blackbird / Trisha Leaver
Gone from this place / Faith Erin Hicks
The sweeter the sin / Jordan Sonnenblick
The mistake / James Preller
The good brother / Patrick Flores-Scott.

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