The stories in this collection are funny, nasty, playful, heartbreaking, angry, honest, authentic and surreal. They’re about family, friends, obstacles, searching, love, loss, music, sex, discovery and growing up.
Lisa Heggum, a librarian passionate about reaching older teen readers, has gathered stories from some of the brightest lights writing today.
Authors included in this anthology:
Ivan E. Coyote
Susannah M. Smith
"Readers will encounter sex, teen pregnancy, divorce, incest, murder, and disfigurement...Chosen with an eye to building a bridge between young adult and adult fiction, these tales limn the mundane horror of adolescence in ways that frequently jolt expectations." - Booklist
"The selections-ranging from lighthearted to mysterious to tragic-are well crafted and worth the read...they create a well-rounded portrait of teenage life told through authentic voices." - School Library Journal
"Public and school librarians who are building collections of Canadian short fiction will appreciate All Sleek and Skimming." - Resource Links
"22 powerful stories on the adolescent condition by gifted Canadian writers. For young readers it will be an eye-opener to learn that it is possible to read—and write—in this way."
- Quill & Quire
"All Sleek and Skimming makes a very good case for upping what might be called the wattage in literature for teens... It's gritty and literary, worldly-wise, funny, sad and utterly engaging." - The Globe and Mail
"All Sleek and Skimming brings together a bunch of stories by adult authors who write about protagonists in their late teens. And it's not condescending, which is big. The language and writing style aren't unchallenging or uninteresting, but the characters' lives aren't alienating either. For the most part it's current, engaging and sometimes suicidally complete." - Broken Pencil
"The pieces are varied in style, from first person confessional narrative to graphic fiction. Literary gems, each with a different colour and lustre, are strewn throughout the pages of this book. Most likely, All Sleek will act as a map for teens, guiding them toward further treasures in their library or bookstore."
- The Women's Post
"There's a little something for everyone here, each addition to the collection a short, strong gem of a read that refuses to believe that younger readers need a filtered down version of the truth. I highly recommend it from cover to cover."
- Shameless Magazine
"The assortment of stories to be found in this collection are solid, perceptive and illuminating, and they will undoubtedly inspire many readers to read (or re-read) the books from which many of them have come " - Canadian Children's Book News
"It's all here, seen from many approaches: sad, funny, ironic, morose and more." - Toronto Star
"A beautiful balance has been struck between tackling issues that affect adolescent lives and providing quality writing...Details are rich and closely observed." - Books in Canada
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