In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants KWAME ALEXANDER, SOMAN CHAINANI, MATT DE LA PEÑA, TIM FEDERLE, GRACE LIN, MEG MEDINA, WALTER DEAN MYERS, TIM TINGLE, and JACQUELINE WOODSON join newcomer KELLY J. BAPTIST in FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES (Crown BFYR ǀ on sale January 3, 2017 ǀ $16.99 ǀ ages 8–12), a story collection edited by ELLEN OH that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.
From these distinguished authors come ten vibrant stories and a collection of poetry that highlight the unique experiences of minority voices with authenticity and astute insight. Covering everything from basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this bold anthology celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us through stories that will resonate across all audiences.
“Inclusive, authentic, and eminently readable, this collection of short stories is an excellent addition for libraries and classrooms.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The collection as a whole highlights the importance of perspective, perseverance, wonder, courage, and creativity during the middle school years. . . . Thought-provoking and wide-ranging, this first anthology from WNDB should not be missed.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“There's plenty of magic in this collection to go around.” —Booklist, starred review
ELLEN OH is cofounder and president of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and author of the YA fantasy trilogy the Prophecy series and the middle-grade novel The Spirit Hunters, to be published in fall 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly's Notable People of 2014. Oh resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children. Discover more at ellenoh.com.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. Their mission is to put more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES edited by ELLEN OH | Crown BFYR | Ages 8–12 years | On sale January 3, 2017 Hardcover: 978-1-101-93459-3 | $16.99/$22.99 Can. | Ebook: 978-1-101-93461-6 | $10.99
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