Published by Candlewick Press on March 8th 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction
Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge
From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.
Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
With stories by:J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y. S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Tung Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton, and Elizabeth Wein
Rating: 5 stars
Why I Read It: It was getting rave reviews, and I wanted to switch up genres (I’d been reading a lot of science fiction), so I decided to give it a try.
This book was wonderful. With so many different stories, it reminded me of the books I read when I was younger (historical fiction has always been my favorite genre), while also adding to and diversifying my knowledge of historical America.
What most surprised me about this book was that I enjoyed the short stories. I haven’t read many YA short stories because when I read short stories for classes in high school and college, I was always frustrated that they didn’t seem to have endings. I wanted to know what happened to the characters, and short stories never gave me the answers I craved. What I liked about these ones, I think, is that everything ended in such a way that I was okay imagining what happened after the story ended. I’m glad that I decided to read this collection of short stories, and I may try more now that I’ve learned they aren’t all bad!
I don’t have one favorite story from the book, but rather three: El Destinos by Leslye Walton, which is about the three fates reborn as young girls living in 1848 Texas; Pearls by Beth Revis, which features a young girl who escapes the privileged life she’s led in Chicago to be a teacher in Cheyenne Territory circa 1876; and City of Angels by Lindsay Smith, a story about a young girl struggling to find herself in 1945 Los Angeles. I’ve never read anything by these authors before (although Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy has been on my tbr list for a ridiculously long time), but I’ll be sure to look out for things by them from now on!
I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction, girls kicking butt, stories that stay with you long after you’ve finished, and anyone else I may see in the next few weeks. So, basically everyone. 🙂
Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,