“Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

“Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic” is a set of twenty excellent short stories dealing with the terrible effects of pandemics and lockdowns on both normal and abnormal human beings — and on normal people who become abnormal as the result of attempting to cope with viral plagues. The editors, Nick … Continue reading “Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

‘Teeny Weenies’ are the new collections of short stories that kids love by David Lubar

Wonderful children's author David Lubar has two new collections of short stories, "Teeny Weenies: The Intergalactic Petting Zoo" and "Teeny Weenies: Freestyle Frenzy." Kids love the original Weenie series like "Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies," which are perfect for older middle grade readers. In this new "Teeny Weenie" series, the stories are great for younger … Continue reading ‘Teeny Weenies’ are the new collections of short stories that kids love by David Lubar

‘Radicalized: Four Tales of our Present Moment’ by Cory Doctorow will make you think

Like it or not, this collection of four short stories by Cory Doctorow is America. It's also fascinating, deeply engaging, controversial, and thought-provoking. The four stories may at first seem unrelated, but musing on them for a while leads to several realizations about their important similarities and common themes. The first story, "Unauthorized Bread," relates the … Continue reading ‘Radicalized: Four Tales of our Present Moment’ by Cory Doctorow will make you think

‘Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals’ Is Filled with Beautiful Stories about the Creatures Who Fill our Lives with Beauty

"Love Can Be" is a touching and creative collection of writing about animals and our connections to them. The contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, Delia Ephron, S. E. Hinton, and Reyna Grande. The stories vary in content from Dean Koontz sharing a story about his much-loved dog Trixie, to Reyna Grande discussing monarch butterflies and … Continue reading ‘Love Can Be: A Literary Collection About Our Animals’ Is Filled with Beautiful Stories about the Creatures Who Fill our Lives with Beauty

‘The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection’ Is Edited by Colby Sharp and Perfect for Short Story Readers and Teachers

"The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection" is edited by brilliant teacher Colby Sharp, who is also a blogger and important advocate for children's literature. He started the Nerdy Book Club with other book-loving educators, and the group has become hugely respected in the literary world of children's books. This book is Sharp's debut in … Continue reading ‘The Creativity Project: An Awesome Story Collection’ Is Edited by Colby Sharp and Perfect for Short Story Readers and Teachers

‘Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies’ by David Lubar is filled with quirky, creepy tales for kids

"Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales" is by prolific author David Lubar. He alternates between writing for middle grade readers and young adult readers and is able to shape his writing to best suit each age group. In his "Weenies" series, he compiles groups of short stories that range in … Continue reading ‘Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies’ by David Lubar is filled with quirky, creepy tales for kids