Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

by Lamar Giles (Editor)


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All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA collection from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. 

"This awesome anthology came together with the fantastic organization We Need Diverse Books, and...combines an all-star cast of talent." —Paste Magazine

Careful—you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written—whose next chapters are up to you. 

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. This collection addresses topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty and ranges in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. It will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malindo Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon

"I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I'm really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats." —BookRiot

"Huge, huge names in YA participated." —Bustle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524766283
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 72,602
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award nominees Fake ID and Endangered, as well as the YA novel Overturned. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and he resides in Virginia with his wife. Check him out online at or follow @LRGiles on Twitter.

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Shay’s father climbed up into the driver’s seat of a rental truck and slammed the door. Started the engine, cut the emergency blinkers, then honked the horn twice to say goodbye, before pulling off. Moments later, another truck pulled up to the same spot—­a replacement. Double-­parked, killed the engine, toggled the emergency blinkers, rolled the windows up until there was only a sliver of space for air to slip through.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lamar Giles 1

Eraser Tattoo Jason Reynolds 3

Meet Cute Malinda Lo 14

Don't Pass Me By Eric Gansworth 38

Be Cool for Once Aminah Mae Safi 55

Tags Walter Dean Myers 72

Why I Learned to Cook Sara Farizan 86

A Stranger at the Bochinche Daniel José Older 101

A Boy's Duty Sharon G. Flake 112

One Voice: A Something In-Between Story Melissa de la Cruz 133

Paladin/Samurai Gene Luen Yang, with illustrations Thien Pham 147

Kodama's Ramen Shop Ellen Oh 156

Catch, Pull, Drive Schuyler Bailar 178

Super Human Nicola Yoon 194

About the Authors 210

About We Need Diverse Books 217

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Fresh Ink: An Anthology 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
Average Rating: 3.58 Stars Stories I Was Most Excited For: Eraser Tattoo by Jason Reynolds; Super Human By Nicola Yoon Favorite stories: Be Cool For Once by Aminah Mae Safi; Why I Learned to Cook by Sara Farizan; Super Human by Nicola Yoon Least Favorite Stories: A Stranger at the Bochinche by Daniel José Older; Paladin/Samuari by Gene Luen Yang Fresh Ink is a vibrant collection of diverse stories that share personal truths, hopes, fears, and dreams. Told in short stories, a one act play, and a graphic short these stories give voice to characters whose stories are not often given the space to shine. But these author craft complex characters in dynamic relationships that draw you in.
writertoreader More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book I would recommend to anyone who needs a change in pace from all the mainstream and often whitewashed YA genre. This is a book that compiles stories from authors coming from many walks of life and features a rich diverse range of characters. "Don't Pass By Me" was particularly poignant, "Why I Learned to Cook" made me teary-eyed and I called my grandma right after, and the one-act play was such a cool idea executed superbly! Check this out if you get the chance I highly recommend it.
bjneary More than 1 year ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s and Crown Books for Young Readers for the advance reader copy, Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles (Editor) in exchange for an honest review. This compilation of short stories by Young Adult authors is awesome, real, needed, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Fresh Ink needs to be read by all children and young adults. From diverse authors like Jason Reynolds, Nicola Yoon, Gene Luen Yang, Malinda Lo, Daniel Jose Older, Lamar Giles, Eric Gansworth, Sharon G. Flake, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan and others, these shining short stories will inspire, inform, and bring deserving diverse literature (with many universal YA themes) to all who read and enjoy this powerful collection of very worthy short stories, so sit down, grab this book, read, and oh will you enjoy!!!