Award-winning anthologists Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have combed through a year's worth of books and magazines and websites to find the most outstanding fantasy and science fiction stories of 2004--and collected them into a single volume aimed specifically at teens and young adults.
Many of today's most popular authors are represented here, including:
* Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, who presents an unforgettable tale of two swords, two daughters, and two endings....
* S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time, sends a likeable young barbarian across the Channel to Alba, for a confrontation with a wizard from faraway Nantucket that will change his life forever...
* David Gerrold, creator of "The Trouble with Tribbles," who takes you to a remote countryside surrounded by a mysterious darkness, whose secret has yet to be revealed...
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JANE YOLEN is one of our most prolific and gifted authors with over 250 books to her credit. Among the many awards she has won are: two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, and the Jewish Book Award.
PATRICK NIELSEN HAYDEN, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology for Starlight 1, has been called "one of the most literate and historically aware editors in science fiction" by The Washington Post. His two recent young adult anthologies, New Magics and New Skies, have garnered stellar reviews.
Gr. 9-12. Culled predominantly from adult literary sources, the 11 stories the editors bring together cover a range of subgenres and are, in Yolen's words, "Appropriate for Young Adults." All were published in 2004 with the exception of a centennial "golden oldie" by Rudyard Kipling (1904). Each story and its subgenre are briefly introduced with a short list of read-alikes. The anthology concludes with notes on the contributing authors, and an honor list of 34 additional stories. With the exception of Kipling's ghost story, which seems oddly placed here (and which is introduced with a rather vague warning regarding period-typical racial profiling), the stories are prizes. Not merely appropriate, they are likely to be of real appeal to teen readers. Faery handbags, culture-clash-befuddled Bronze Age warriors, powerful babies hatched of golden eggs and hapless babies replaced with malevolent changelings, New York Between (replete with a charming and often sleepy living library catalog), and traveling levitated cities all make appearances in this strong, accessible collection. Holly Koelling
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