In this noteworthy collection, Mitchell collects short stories from 17 authors, including Malinda Lo, Alex Sanchez, Mackenzi Lee, and Shaun David Hutchison, and presents queer characters across a variety of historical settings. Anna-Marie McLemore sets the tone for the collection with "Roja," a merging of the legend of la Carambada, a female Mexican outlaw in the 1870s who wore men's clothing, and a spin on "Little Red Riding Hood," in which a girl falls for a transgender soldier. Natalie Parker's "The Sweet Trade" introduces two young women in Virginia Colony, 1717, who flee their wedding days, share moments of intimacy and understanding, and then take to the sea disguised as men to guarantee their autonomy. On New Year's Eve 1999, amid Y2K fever, Turkish-American Ezgi Olmez's estranged best friend arrives on her doorstep to declare her feelings as what could be the end of the world approaches in Sara Farizan's "The End of the World as We Know It." This anthology of distinct stories and experiences is exceptional in scope and quality, and gives voice to the experiences that have long existed but often go unrepresented. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 04/16/2018 Release date: 02/27/2018 Genre: Children's
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