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Publisher's Summary

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from 13 of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features 10 short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in print or audio. It will give listeners the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful - you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding 12 stories with endings that are still being written - whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be heard. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play about topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty and ranging in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

Authors include: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malindo Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, and Nicola Yoon.

Includes a bonus PDF of "Paladin/Samurai" by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Thien Pham


"Eraser Tattoo" by Jason Reynolds, read by Guy Lockard

"Meet Cute" by Malinda Lo, read by Kim Mai Guest

"Don't Pass Me By" by Eric Gansworth, read by the author

"Be Cool for Once" by Aminah Mae Safi, read by the author

"Tags" by Walter Dean Myers, with narration read by Dominic Hoffman; "Big Eddie" read by Dion Graham; "Willie" read by Guy Lockard; "D'Mario" read by Ron Butler; and "J-Boy" read by J.B. Adkins

"Why I Learned to Cook" by Sara Farizan, read by the author

"A Stranger at the Bochinche" by Daniel Jose Older, read by Henry Leyva

"A Boy's Duty" by Sharon G. Flake, read by J.B. Adkins

"One Voice: A Something In-Between Story" by Melissa de la Cruz, read by Donabella Mortel

"Paladin/Samurai" by Gene Luen Yang, with "Wujae/Game Master" read by Raymond Lee;

"Owen/Knight/Samurai" read by Sunil Malhotra; "Cameron/Wizard" read by Kirby Heyborne;

"Macie/Thief" read by Kim Mai Guest; "Kelly" read by Jennifer Rubins; and "Dusty" read by Nick Martorelli

"Catch, Pull, Drive" by Schuyler Bailar, read by the author

"Super Human" by Nicola Yoon, read by Bahni Turpin

"About We Need Diverse Books' read by Lamar Giles

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Lamar Giles (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"The most profound strength of the collection, however, is the array of rich characters with whom readers will surely connect.” (Shelf Awareness, starred review) 

"This beautiful, moving, and insightful collection is quintessentially American and a valuable addition to all middle and high school classrooms.” (Kirkus)

"A powerful and varied collection deserving of shelf space in every library.” (Booklist, starred review)

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