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

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Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA
Age Range
12+
Release Date
October 20, 2020
ISBN
978-1643750798
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Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers. Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir. What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan. This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults.

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Generous and Engaging Compilation
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'Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA,' edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, includes a generous compilation of stories and essays, alongside writing advice and story prompts that any young adult reader or writer will appreciate. There are thirteen options to choose from within the book. Romance and fantasy are but two of the choices for what kinds of reading can be found, and story prompts and discussion focus on everything from conflict to building suspense to fear and story growth.

There are author notes at the beginning of passages, providing a glimpse into the world of the author and how each came to write the piece just read. Each work also has a brief introduction by a handful of well-known authors, including Laurie Halse Anderson, Gayle Forman, and many others.

The editors of this book have placed a great deal of time and effort into selecting worthwhile pieces and details that will enhance any reader's appreciation of the general art of writing and the more specific importance of young adult literature. A compilation worth checking out!
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The editors of this book have placed a great deal of time and effort into selecting worthwhile pieces and details that will enhance any reader's appreciation of the general art of writing and the more specific importance of young adult literature. A compilation worth checking out!
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wonderfully curated collection of short stories for readers and writers
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FORESHADOW is a fantastic collection of short stories with a focus on discussion and writing. Each story is undeniably well-composed and followed by an author's note, a discussion on the writing style by recognizable YA authors, and sometimes by a writing prompt to get the reader's own creativity sparked. The stories themselves are really incredible and worth reading even if you are not a writer - they span a range of topics but all of them are captivating and completely pull the reader in.

The added discussions and author's notes I found really intriguing, as someone who is not a writer, as they really add another level of thought and discourse around each story. It is almost like having a solo book club in some ways. But the stories! The first story, FLIGHT, is one I have been thinking about long after finishing. It is written with a shroud of mystery about a girl (only referred to as 'the girl') and her enigmatic mother, who always seems to be searching for something. Through the girl's eyes, we explore humanity, satisfaction, and freedom. It's a really stunning story, and I hope others are able to connect with it the way I did.

GLOW is another story that really sparked my imagination with the life-changing power that girls contain and the way that small things can seem earth shattering. It has a magical realism feel with the two young women depicted and their possible power to take the world apart, and the longing is felt throughout every word. It is definitely one that made me think of other scenarios, and I can imagine some interesting stories arising from these prompts.

FOOLS is another one that spoke to me with the premise of a cursed girl who seems to have fate decided for her but is still able to forge ahead with new decisions and the romance that grew so strongly in such a short story.

I could keep going, as they are all truly beautiful - this is such a great collection. The notes throughout and at the end seem that they would really help with people creating their own stories after reading, but even if you are not a writer, it is such a fantastic discussion that it has the feel of a book club with discussions built into it from truly impressive writers.

FORESHADOW is a great book to pick up whether you are a reader or a writer. This is a stunning collection of short stories that is beautifully curated.
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