Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

YA Novellas #9: Firebirds Anthology by Sharyn November

This list is the ninth post of a series I am doing on young adult novellas and short stories, available on ebook, in a print version, online, or in anthologies. I have not read any of these novellas, but I have read all the series they belong to, or other books by that author. Once I read a novella, I will post a short review in the comments section. Feel free to post one of your own! Enjoy!

#1 Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction (print, 432 pages)


Firebirds is more than simply an anthology — it is a celebration of wonderful writing. It gathers together sixteen original stories by some of today’s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. Together, they have won virtually every major prize — from the National Book Award to the World Fantasy Award to the Newbery Medal — and have made best-seller lists worldwide. These authors, including Lloyd Alexander (The Chronicles of Prydain), Diana Wynne Jones (The Merlin Conspiracy), Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy), Patricia A. McKillip (Ombria in Shadow), Meredith Ann Pierce (The Darkangel Trilogy), and Nancy Farmer (The House of the Scorpion), each with his or her own inimitable style, tell stories that will entertain, provoke, startle, amuse, and resonate long after the last page has been turned.

Short Stories by: Delia Sherman, Megan Whalen Turner, Sherwood Smith, Nancy Springer, Lloyd Alexander, Meredith Ann Pierce, Michael Cadnum, Emma Bull, Charles Vess, Patricia A. McKillip, Kara Dalkey, Garth Nix, Elizabeth Wein, Nancy Farmer, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Laurel Winter, Diana Wynne Jones.

#2 Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy (print, 544 pages)

This star-studded follow-up to the acclaimed Firebirds contains riveting, original stories by some of today’s masters of science fiction and fantasy, including Fancesca Lia Block, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Wynne Jones, and Tanith Lee.

Short Stories by: Francesca Lia Block, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Sharon Shinn, Patricia A. McKillip, Emma Bull, Kelly Link, Tamora Pierce, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Alison Goodman, Charles de Lint, Kara Dalkey, Alan Dean Foster, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Pamela Dean.

#3 Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction (print, 574 pages)

First Firebirds. Then Firebirds Rising. Now there is Firebirds Soaring, the third anthology of original stories by some of today’s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction. These authors, including Nancy Farmer (The Sea of Trolls), Ellen Klages (The Green Glass Sea), Margo Lanagan (Black Juice), and Jane Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic), have brought new worlds and Old Magic to life in nineteen remarkable pieces of short fiction. Mike Dringenberg, co-creator of Sandman with Neil Gaiman, contributes decorative vignettes. Firebirds Soaring sets the standard for short fiction for teenagers and adult fans of the genre.

Short Stories by: Louise Marley, Nick O’Donohoe, Sherwood Smith, Elizabeth Wein, Kara Dalkey, Nancy Springer, Jane Yolen, Laurel Winter, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Marly Youmans, Adam Stemple, Clare Bell, Nancy Farmer, Christopher Barzak, Chris Roberson, Ellen Klages, Candas Jane Dorsey, Margo Lanagan, Jo Walton, Carol Emshwiller.

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One comment on “YA Novellas #9: Firebirds Anthology by Sharyn November

  1. gwenkate
    February 10, 2014

    Sorry about the numbering mistake, it has been fixed! Also, I have decided to continue writing these lists as I discover new ebooks, so this one will not longer be the final post in this series.

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