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Short story collections for teenagers

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Whether you’re looking for an anthology you can dip in and out of, something to read in one sitting, or stories to kick-start the writing of your own, these are some of our favourite YA collections: inspiring, intriguing and surprising.

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    Author: Neil Gaiman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Smoke and Mirrors

    Author: Neil Gaiman

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    A collection of short stories: an elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat; a stray cat fights and refights a te…

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  • Counting Stars

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Counting Stars

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    This evocative collection of short stories gives a clear insight into the experiences which lie behind David Almond's novels.

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  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Losing It

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

    This is a collection of eight short stories about growing-up, virginity and sex for teenagers.

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  • Echoes

    Author: Laura Dockrill

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

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  • Echoes

    Author: Laura Dockrill

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

    The new book from Laura Dockrill is a collection of modern-day fairytales, poems and retellings of classic stories, all with a sli…

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  • Pretty Monsters

    Author: Kelly Link

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Pretty Monsters

    Author: Kelly Link

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 10+

    It's a mistake anyone could make - digging up the body from the wrong grave. How could you possibly know the corpse would follow y…

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  • Homesick

    Author: Roshi Fernando

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Homesick

    Author: Roshi Fernando

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 14+

    Thoughtful, melancholic, haunting, Homesick is a collection of interlinked stories which muse on growing up, fitting in and the ep…

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  • Next

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Next

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Following on from the success of Losing It, Keith Gray has edited a new collection of eight short stories for young people explori…

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  • My True Love Gave to Me

    Author: Various Editor: Stephanie Perkins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • My True Love Gave to Me

    Author: Various Editor: Stephanie Perkins

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 9+

    A collection of Christmas-themed romantic short stories, one for each of the 'twelve days', by some of the best known American YA …

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  • Here I Stand

    Author: Various Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Here I Stand

    Author: Various Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    These short stories by writers such as Sita Brahmachari, Matt Haig and Frances Harding, with illustration by Chris Riddell, put cu…

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  • Love Hurts

    Author: Various Editor: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Love Hurts

    Author: Various Editor: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    This anthology depicts a very wide range of romantic relationships, and a diverse set of characters, showing love in all its forms…

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  • The Ghosts of Heaven

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Ghosts of Heaven

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    The Ghosts of Heaven is an excellent book that will open up new avenues of thought and future reading and introduces teenage reade…

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  • Stories

    Author: Various Editors: Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Stories

    Author: Various Editors: Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio

    Interest level: 14+

    Reading age: 14+

    This is a short story collection not short on ideas. It’s one huge book of great, exciting stories which will become a uniti…

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