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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

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ISBN-13: 9780062671165
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Originally from New York City, Ellen Oh is the founder of We Need Diverse Books and the author of the Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King) for young adults. Spirit Hunters is her fourth book and her first for middle grade readers. A former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history, Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three daughters and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. You can visit her online at www.ellenoh.com. 


Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton met while attending the New School’s acclaimed Writing for Children MFA program. Sona is a journalist who has written for the New York Times, People, Parade, Cosmopolitan, and other major media. Dhonielle is a librarian at a middle school in Harlem, and taught English at a cutthroat ballet academy. Together, the pair cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. Find them online at www.cakeliterary.com.


Melissa de la Cruz grew up in Manila and San Francisco. She is the author of the novels Cat's Meow (Scribner, 2001) and The Au Pairs (Simon & Schuster, 2004). She coauthored the nonfiction books How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less (Ballantine, 2003) and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas (Ballantine, 2004). Her work has been translated into many languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.


Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, named one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth by Booklist. She lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.


Aisha Saeed is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novel Amal Unbound; the Bank Street Books Best Book Written in the Stars; Aladdin: Far from Agrabah; and Bilal Cooks Daal. Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and sons. You can find her online at www.aishasaeed.com.

Table of Contents

From the Editors 1

Forbidden Fruit Roshani Chokshi, Filipino 5

Olivia's Table Alyssa Wong, Chinese 20

Steel Skin Lori M. Lee, Hmong 47

Still Star-Crossed Sona Charaipotra, Punjabi 73

The Counting of Vermillion Beads Aliette De Bodard, Vietnamese 90

The Land of the Morning Calm E. C. Myers, Korean 109

The Smile Aisha Saeed, South Asian 139

Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers Preeti Chhibber, Gujarati 155

Nothing into All Renée Ahdieh, Korean 184

Spear Carrier Rahul Kanakia, South Asian 202

Code of Honor Melissa de la Cruz, Filipino 224

Bullet Butterfly Elsie Chapman, Chinese 238

Daughter of the Sun Shveta Thakrar, South Asian 259

The Crimson Cloak Cindy Pon, Chinese 282

Eyes like Candlelight Julie Kagawa, Japanese 302

Author Biographies 324

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BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 crowns Favorite Stories: Oliva's Table (my fave and it gave so so so much ghostie goodness), The Land of the Morning Calm by E. C. Myers (gamer world mixed with fantasy dealing with grief), Forbidden Fruit by Roshani Chokshi (except for that ending, tho), Nothing into All by Renee Ahdieh (um, goblins and complex brother/sis dynamics), and The Smile by Aisha Saeed (beautifully done). The Okay Stories: Still Star-Crossed by Sona Charaipotra, Girls Who Twirl and Other Dangers by Preeti Chhibber, Bullet, Butterfly by Elsie Chapman, and The Crimson Cloak by Cindy Pon. Skipped/Meh Stories: Code of Honor by Melissa de la Cruz (too...2008), Eyes like Candlelight by Julie Kagawa (I fell apart since it was the last one in the book), Daughter of the Sun by Shveta Thakrar (it was trying real hard), The Counting of Vermillion beads by Aliette De Bodard (meh), Steel Skin by Lori M. Lee (too sci-fi), and Spear Carrier by Rahul Kanakia (writing style wasn't my jam). This was one of the best anthologies that I ever read. Even though I didn't jive with 6 of the stories, the ones that I did was really really good that outshone the bad. And most of them were for personal reasons - and the fact that I can never quite do anthologies. Overall, if you are ever going to read one anthology in your life, I recommend this one. 3.5 crowns and a Jasmine rating!