Short Stories

from anthologies and journals

Girl Meets BoyGIRL MEETS BOY: BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY, edited by Kelly Milner Halls (Chronicle, 2012).

An anthology collection of paired short stories from alternating gender viewpoints. Ages 12-up.

Featuring "Mooning Over Broken Stars" by Cynthia Leitich Smith, a companion to "Falling Down to See the Moon" by Joseph Bruchac; other contributing authors: James Howe, Ellen Wittlinger; Chris Crutcher; Kelly Milner Halls, Terry Davis; Rebecca Fjelland Davis; Rita Williams-Garcia; Terry Trueman; Sara Ryan; Randy Powell.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012.

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Dear BullyDEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (Harper, September 2011).

YA authors share their insights and experiences related to bullying.

Featuring "Isolation" by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Booklist: “With authority often turning a blind eye and cyber-bullying rampant, this timely collection is an excellent resource, especially for group discussion, and the appended, annotated list of websites and further reading extends its usefulness.”

Rainbow List – GLBTQ Books for Children

SideshowSIDESHOW: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, 2009).

An anthology collection of short stories set around the carnival culture and other magical elements.

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Featuring "Cat Calls" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; other contributing authors: David Almond; Aimee Bender; Cecil Castellucci; Shawn Cheng; Annette Curtis Klause; Margo Lanagan; Danica Novgorodoff; Matt Phelan; and Vivian Vande Velde.

Booklist: “Layering strong writing with irresistible surprises, this collection, much like its topic, is more than a little disconcerting and just about impossible to ignore.”

School Library Journal: “Several of the stories pack the same punch as old-fashioned O. Henry or Roald Dahl classics and are the stuff that will fill the English literature textbooks of tomorrow. Suspending disbelief, readers of this fantastic anthology may start investing in psychics and sleeping with the light on.”

GeektasticGEEKTASTIC: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Little, Brown, 2009).

An anthology collection of geeky short stories.

Featuring "The Wrath of Dawn," by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith; other contributing authors/ illustrators: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, Sara Zarr, Hope Larson, and Bryan Lee O'Malley.

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Edited by P.C. Cast (BenBella, 2008).

An anthology collection of short, romantic stories that include the vampire mythology. Ages 12-up.

Featuring "Haunted Love" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; other contributing authors: Kristin Cast; Rachel Caine; Claudia Gray; Nancy Holder; Tanith Lee; Richelle Mead; and Rachel Vincent.

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IMMORTAL: LOVE STORIES WITH BITE: a listing of various foreign language editions.

Moccasin ThunderMOCCASIN THUNDER: American Indian Stories for Today, edited by Lori Marie Carlson (HarperCollins, 2005).

An anthology collection of short stories about contemporary Native American teenagers. A BBYA nominee. Ages 12-up.

Featuring "A Real-Live Blond Cherokee And His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; other contributing authors: Joy Harjo; Sherman Alexie; Richard Van Camp; Linda Hogan; Joseph Bruchac; Louise Erdrich; Susan Power; Greg Sarris; and Lee Francis.

Read The Story Behind The Story from Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Read The Story Behind The Story from Lori Marie Carlson.

Booklist: "[the stories] show teens—lost, loving, funny, uncertain—coming of age on the reservation and in the city."

ITEPP: "a reader could not go wrong when choosing this wonderful book!"

School Library Journal: “Cynthia Leitich Smith shows an example of the everyday struggles Native people have with stereotypes, and the pain it causes on all sides.”

Period Pieces: Stories for GirlsPERIOD PIECES, edited by Erzsi Deak and Kristin Litchman (HarperCollins, February 2003). An anthology collection of short stories. Bank Street Best Book (starred); NYPL Women in Books for the Teenage. Ages 8-up.

Featuring: "The Gentleman Cowboy" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; other contributing authors: Dian Curtis Regan; Linda Sue Park; Jane Kurtz; Rita Williams Garcia; Bobbi Katz; April Halprin Wayland; Johanna Hurwitz; Uma Krishnaswami; Carmen Bernier-Grand; Kristin Litchman; and Erzsi Deak. Read The Story Behind The Story from Erzi Deak and Kristin Litchman and The Story Behind The Story from Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Children's Literature: "Others will laugh at the total embarrassment of Linda Sue Park's girl in the white pants or feel a touch of relief at Cynthia Leitich Smith's Gentleman Cowboy whose many sisters taught him how to treat a girl."

Kirkus: "Cynthia Leitich Smith tells of the kindly cowboy, barely older than she, who rescues her from fear of heights on horseback and from being caught on said horse with no supplies or nearby bathroom."

School Library Journal: "An honest, touching, sometimes hilarious collection."

Booklist: "Whether or not they have experienced the arrival of their first 'George,' 'Auntie,' or 'Dona Rosa,' girls will enjoy these stories—funny and self-deprecating, frank and reassuring—which may encourage them to shed embarrassment and take ownership of their bodies."

In My Grandmother's HouseIN MY GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE: AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS TELL STORIES ABOUT THEIR GRANDMOTHERS, edited and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen (HarperCollins, 2003).

An anthology collection of short stories by authors about their grandmothers. NYPL Books for the Teenage. Ages 8-up. (Out of print but available at libraries and via used bookstores.)

Featuring: "The Naked Truth" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; other contributing authors: Joan Abelove; Alma Flor Ada, Bonnie Christensen; Beverly Cleary; Pat Cummings; Jean Craighead George; Minfong Ho; Ji-li Jang; Gail Carson Levine; Beverly Naidoo; and Diane Stanley. Read The Story Behind The Story from Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Voya: "The most entertaining contributions are Cynthia Leitch Smith's The Naked Truth, in which a granddaughter discovers that the nude figure painted in the basement is her grandmother, and Gail Carson Levine's A Visit to Grandma's, as a granddaughter speaks out about her grandmother and her great aunts' disrespect of her mother."

School Library Journal: "An old painting in the basement allows Cynthia Leitich Smith to see her grandmother for who she really is, and to see herself in a new light as well."

Booklist: "A fine collection that will encourage teens to reflect on their own families and recognize the individuals behind the family roles."

Also look for "Riding With Rosa" by Cynthia Leitich Smith in Cicada literary magazine (Vol. 7, No. 4, March/April 2005). A short story about a quarterback wrestling with when to "pass" and when to take a stand.