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The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection (Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens) Hardcover – April 14, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up -This superior collection is sure to be enjoyed by fans of both genres. Although every story has merit, two are exceptional: David Gerrold's "Dancer in the Dark," an eerie tale of life in a world without light; and Bradley Denton's "Sergeant Chip," an unusual account of the horrors of war and the loyalty of soldiers. Four stories-"The Faery Handbag," "Sleeping Dragons," "CATNYP," and "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm"-feature female protagonists. In addition to the selections being enjoyable to read, they defy stereotypes of the genres, and each one has an excellent introduction that provides background information and recommends similar kinds of stories/novels.-Jessi Platt, Auburn Public Library, AL
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Gr. 9-12. Culled predominantly from adult literary sources, the 11 stories the editors bring together cover a range of subgenres and are, in Yolen's words, "Appropriate for Young Adults." All were published in 2004 with the exception of a centennial "golden oldie" by Rudyard Kipling (1904). Each story and its subgenre are briefly introduced with a short list of read-alikes. The anthology concludes with notes on the contributing authors, and an honor list of 34 additional stories. With the exception of Kipling's ghost story, which seems oddly placed here (and which is introduced with a rather vague warning regarding period-typical racial profiling), the stories are prizes. Not merely appropriate, they are likely to be of real appeal to teen readers. Faery handbags, culture-clash-befuddled Bronze Age warriors, powerful babies hatched of golden eggs and hapless babies replaced with malevolent changelings, New York Between (replete with a charming and often sleepy living library catalog), and traveling levitated cities all make appearances in this strong, accessible collection. Holly Koelling
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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,077,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By EasterLemming on February 23, 2007
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I think that introducing young people to science fiction and fantasy is something the genres are neglecting. Unfortunately the selection of stories is poor. It is also heavily slanted, very heavily, toward fantasy. There is not one nuts and bolts hard science fiction in the lot. It is also more slanted toward feminine than masculine.

I enjoy fantasy, I also see a need for more stories appealing to young females, but not to such an extent as represented here in the first anthology series aimed at teen readers both male and female.

Of the stories Bradley Denton's "Sergeant Chip," seems best and is the most typically science fiction. "Sleeping Dragons" is the best fantasy. There is a good alternate history thrown into the mix. Several of the other fantasy stories make a good effort but the ratio of dreck to good stories is unfavorable.

For a better anthology of just science fiction try The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction. For better fantasy try The Year's Best Fantasy series by Hartwell and Cramer. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame series is also suitable for young adults and includes some fantasy.

Jane Yolen's Briar Rose is one of my all time favorite books and Patrick Nielsen Hayden is normally a great editor or co-editor of other collections. I don't know how they messed up so badly in this one.

Gary Denton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean C. Roberts on June 5, 2008
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I bought this book for my just-turned 13 year old son.

I always favor books with many stories so that, if one author or story doesn't appeal to you, others in the same book may.

This was the case with my son, who liked most of the stories but disliked a few.

Overall, this was a great purchase in that it gave my son a good flavor for the genre.

Recommended.
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An excellent cross section of materials for the YA reader. I would recommend this to any instructor looking for a Reader that covers most of the pedagogy for YA literature.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Dwinell on May 12, 2007
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The stories in this compilation are very juvenile. I would not suggest this book for anyone over the age of 15, and yet some of the subject material and swearing would not be suitable for children, either. This book suffers (in most cases) from the incongruity of decent stories and poor writing, lacking literary merit. While some of the language is passable, overall, I would not recomend this book to serious readers, unless you are just looking for some light pleasure reading. (Some very very light, not too terribly pleasurable pleasure reading.)
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