Short Story Collections for Teens

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence. 1994.
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Groundbreaking young adult collection of stories dealing with gay and lesbian themes. The stories cut across color and class lines and incorporate everything from a contemporary feminist story about a girl coming out, to a fantasy that takes place in a mythical Amazonian kingdom.
American Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices. 1993.
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Stories, poems, and a play excerpt that relate what it is like growing up Asian American.
Crutcher, Chris. Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories. 1991.
Stories featuring characters from Crutcher's popular novels.
Ellis, Sarah. Back of Beyond: Stories of the Supernatural. 1996.
A collection of twelve otherworldly stories which blend reality with unreality.
Westall, Robert. The Call and Other Stories. 1989.
Six stories dealing with the supernatural. In the title story, the ghost of a murdered woman seeks companionship by telephone.
The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope. 2001.
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Stories dealing with different types of loss, including the death of a parent or grandparent or pet; the departure or disappearance of a true and trusted friend or sibling; the end of a relationship; or even the end of a defining chapter in one's life.
Connections: Short stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1989.
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Seventeen stories portraying a variety of encounters and conflicts among teenagers.
Vande, Velde. Curses, Inc.: And Other Stories. 1997.
Stories that treat spell-casting in historical, modern, and timeless settings.
Dirty Laundry: Stories about Family Secrets. 1998.
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Eleven family stories including a powerful tale of a girl who inadvertently learns of her mother's abortion and a hilarious story about who must reconcile his parents' post-high school expectations of him with his own plans to travel.
Coffer, Judith Ortiz. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio. 1995.
Twelve stories about immigrant kids caught between their Puerto Rican heritage and their American surroundings.
Join in: Multiethnic Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1993.
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The teenagers in these stories may be Asian, Chicano, Native American, African American, Lebanese, or Palestinian, but their experiences are universal.
Donoghue, Emma. Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins. 1997.
Cinderella prefers the fairy godmother to the handsome prince and Snow White receives a gift, not poison, in these fairy tales with unexpected twists.
McKinley, Robin. A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories. 1994.
Four magical, sensual love stories.
Leaving Home: Stories. 1997.
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Stories are about the connection to home and the need to leave it.
Dickinson, Peter. The Lion Tamer's Daughter and Other Stories. 1997.
Four fantastical tales of otherworldly events.
Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth. 2001.
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Some of the finest writers for adults and teens have contributed original stories to this collection on the various aspects of love and sexuality.
No Easy Answers: Short Stories about Teenagers Making Tough Choices. 1997.
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Sixteen stories of teens facing difficult ethical and moral issues from computer blackmail and peer pressure to drug use and unwanted pregnancy.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Small Avalanches and Other Stories. 2003.
These disturbing tales are about vulnerable, wild, rebellious, scared young women, several of whom fall victim to older, predatory males who know how to lure them with the thrill of danger and make them betray the best in themselves.
On the Fringe. 2001.
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Acclaimed authors bring to life eleven stories of outsiders in high school who face the constant struggle of hate and acceptance.
Prejudice: Stories about Hate, Ignorance, Revelation, and Transformation. 1995.
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Fifteen stories that show prejudice in its various incarnations, including racism, sexism, homophobia, religious persecution, and discrimination against the overweight and the disabled.
Short Circuits: Thirteen Shocking Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1992.
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Hair-raising stories that are bound to stun and shock you!
Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1984.
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The sixteen stories in this collection are on the themes of friendships, turmoils, loves, decisions, and families.
Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls. 1998.
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From stories that focus on learning to look beyond surface appearances, to ones about being your own person, this collection features heroines that face their problems head on.
Twelve Shots: Outstanding Stories About Guns. 1998.
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Some stories are serious and subtly anti-gun, and others are hilarious, in this collection of stories about the way guns are present in people's lives.
Ultimate Sports: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1995.
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Original stories about nearly every type of sport.
Vampires: A Collection of Original Stories. 1991.
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Thirteen creepy stories about vampires lurking in schools, homes, malls, suburbs, and of course, graveyards.
Visions: Nineteen Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults. 1987.
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Stories dealing with teenage concerns.
Who Do You Think You Are? Stories of Friends and Enemies. 1993.
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Maya Angelou, Richard Peck, John Updike, and Joyce Carol Oates are among the authors who explore the theme of friendship.
Working Days: Short Stories about Teenagers at Work. 1997.
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Fifteen short stories about teenagers finding their way in the world of work. Amy Tan, Sandra Cisneros, and Toni Morrison are among the authors who describe their personal journeys.