Foreshadow : stories to celebrate the magic of reading and writing YA / created and edited by Emily X.R. Pan & Nova Ren Suma.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Presents an anthology of thirteen short stories by contemporary young adult authors, ranging from fantasy to the experience of Mexican Americans living in border cities. Each story is followed by an author's note, commentary by one of the editors on such topics as voice, imagery, and mood, and some, with story prompts.
    • Content Notes:
      Flight / Tanya S. Aydelott -- Risk / Rachel Hylton -- Sweetmeats / Linda Cheng -- Glow / Joanna Truman -- Escape / Tanvi Berwah -- Pan dulce / Flor Salcedo -- Solace / Nora Elghazzawi -- Princess / Maya Prasad -- Fools / Gina Chen -- Monsters / Adriana Marachlian -- Break / Sophie Meridien -- Resilient / Mayra Cuevas -- Belly / Desiree S. Evans.
    • Notes:
      Ages ages 12 and up. Algonquin Young Readers.
      Grades 7-9. Algonquin Young Readers.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 October #1

This gorgeous short-story collection, which showcases the work of new, underrepresented voices in young adult fiction, was originally published online in FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. The book was created to bring these authors to a wider audience while illuminating the writing and editing process for aspiring teen writers. The 13 stories are all introduced by a different YA celebrity (think Nicola Yoon or Adam Silvera) and are followed by an author's note. Each story exemplifies one element of writing (mood, world building, character development, the use of motif, etc.), which is elucidated by either Pan or Suma in several paragraphs. These sections, along with a final, extended Q&A with the anthology's fiction editors, focus on the craft of writing and the process of working with an editor. Almost every story is speculative in some way (although the one purely realistic contemporary is a knockout!), and every single story is written by a female author featuring a female protagonist. Readers will be enraptured by these vibrant, unique, passionate new voices. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 August #5

Part showcase of culturally diverse new voices from online magazine Foreshadow, part beginners' writing textbook, this best-of YA anthology's purposes muddy each other's effectiveness despite featuring touching and topical reads. Standout stories are rich with fresh perspective and nuance: Tanya Aydelott's thoughtful "Flight" welds fine art, bodies' limits, and an uprooted girl's chance to choose differently than her changeable mother into a surprising jewel. Gina Chen's charming, clear-eyed "Fools" introduces an unconventional demon to an island full of fairy tales' leftover girls. Satirical "Risk" by Rachel Hylton transforms a high school sophomore into a lobster—and body image insecurities into joyous solidarity. And told in six games of Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Florida teen kindles romance alongside baking in Sophie Meridien's playful, ebullient "Break." Coeditor Pan offers prompts and accessible story assessments that highlight elements of craft, and author and editor q&as usefully illuminate publishing processes, but persistent mythologies on the "magic" of publication undermine a professional approach. This potentially valuable starting point for aspiring writers will frustrate pleasure readers and craft-oriented writing students with its split—and sometimes self-contradictory—purpose. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.