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"I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I'm really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats." — BookRiot

"The entire anthology is strong, but there are a few showstoppers. Safi perfectly captures the angst and awkwardness of teen crushes and romance." — School Library Journal (starred)

Fresh Ink

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you. 

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play about topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty and ranging in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malindo Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon 

Order Fresh Ink from your local indie, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Powell’s, Book People, or Google Books.

Or, if you’re into audiobooks, check out Audible, Amazon, or Google Play.


Be Cool For Once

from Fresh Ink

A love story and one night in at a concert, inspired by some of my favorites.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, because, come on. It re-invented the classic It Happened One Night trope. 

An opening line in honor of the late great, Louise Rennison and her Georgia Nicolson series, which opens with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. But the reference is probably best understood by the title of book two-- On the Bright Side, I'm Now The Girlfriend of a Sex God

An homage to Shirin and Khosrow, which is both an epic love poem and historical legend with many, many versions. Though, I'm partial to Nizami's. Most people consider this a story of what one person would do on behalf of the one they love. I think it's a story about how far we'll all go to avoid confronting our feelings. Partiuclarly when they're reciprocated.


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