It's Summertime... break out the shorts (stories, that is)!

Zombies vs. unicorns

Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black.


It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors,...

Lay-ups and long shots : an anthology of short stories

by Joseph Bruchac ... [et al.].

Purely fiction, these stories tell the tales of athletes in a variety of sports, including track, football, martial arts, Ping Pong, fishing, and dirt bike riding.

Blue Bloods : keys to the Repository

Melissa de la Cruz ; illustrations by Michael Johnston.

Horror, Fantasy

Lavish parties. Passionate meetings in the night. Bone-chilling murders. Midterms. The day-to-day life of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Bloods friends (and enemies) is never boring. But there's oh-so-much more to know about these beautiful and powerful teens. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, exists a wealth of revealing information about the vampire elite that dates back before the Mayflower. In a series of sho...

Geektastic : stories from the nerd herd

edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci.


With illustrations from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, "Geektastic" is a collection of short stories from such YA authors as M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, and Garth Nix, which covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction and theater geeks.

Lips touch : three times

Laini Taylor with illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo.


From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight come three stories of supernatural love--tales about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch. Illustrations.

Vacations from hell

Libba Bray ... [et al.].

Fantasy, Horror

Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead'in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers-Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)-tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn ...

No such thing as the real world : stories about growing up and getting a life

An Na ... [et al.] ; with an introduction by Jill Santopolo.

Six award-winning authors tackle the subject of the real world, in this stunning collection of pieces about graduation, pregnancy, death, pain, love, and loss. Authors include An Na, M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, and Jacqueline Woodson.

The curse of the campfire weenies, and other warped and creepy tales

David Lubar.


A boy discovers the answer to one of the great urban mysteries: why are pigeons always pooping in parks? A second-grade class learns why they should always be nice to their math teacherâ?¦.An ancient predator uses the internet to search out its preyâ?¦ A young girl and her little brother escape a campfire weenie only to encounter something even more terrifying: a troupe of Girl Scouts singing campfire songs. For this, hi...

Every man for himself : ten short stories about being a guy

edited by Nancy E. Mercado.

From Walter Dean Myers to Mo Willems to Terry Trueman, some of today's most exciting writers offer teen readers a great selection of honest and real stories about everyday guys who get pummeled by some life lessons and still manage to come out on top.

Girls got game : sports stories and poems

edited by Sue Macy.

Millions of girls are now running, swinging bats and shooting hoops. Here's the first young readers' anthology of new fiction that tells their stories. "Girls Got Game features a new breed of heroines who are not afraid to sweat. Young athletes will see themselves in these stories; their mothers will wish they'd had books like this when they were growing up." --Sue Macy Sue Macy, author of three popular nonfiction books on women in sports, has ga...