Cyn's Short Stories


Dear Teen MeDEAR TEEN ME: AUTHORS WRITE LETTERS TO THEIR TEEN SELVES, edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (Zest, 2012).

Contributors include Cynthia Leitich Smith. Ages 12-up.

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.

GIRL MEETS BOY Discussion Guide

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Haunted Love"Haunted Love," a short story by Cynthia Leitich Smith is now available for free download from Barnes & Noble (U.S.), Books on Board, (U.S.) and (U.K.). It will be available from additional e-retailers soon.

Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share.

When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody's caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust.

"Haunted Love" is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith — featuring new characters and set in the same Gothic universe as her novels Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Tantalize: Kieren's Story, illustrated by Ming Doyle.

This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith's upcoming novel, DIABOLICAL (Jan. 2012), which unites heroes from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

Dear BullyDEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES, edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (Harper, Sept ember 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.”

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. Ages 12-up.

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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. Ages 12-up.

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.

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 M. Carlson (HarperCollins, 2005).

An anthology of present-day stories by Native authors. Featuring "A Real Live Blond Cherokee and His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate;" other contributing authors: Joy Harjo; Sherman Alexie; Richard Van Camp; Linda Hogan; Joseph Bruchac; Louise Erdrich; Susan Power; Greg Sarris; and Lee Francis. Ages 12-up.