Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of contributors includes: Adi Alsaid, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Caela Carter, Libby Cudmore, Dave Connis, Julie Eshbaugh, Helene Dunbar, Lauren Gibaldi, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon Parker, C.J. Redwine, Randy Ribay, William Ritter, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, Eric Smith, Courtney C. Stevens, Nic Stone, Kate Watson, and Tristina Wright.
|Publisher:||North Star Editions|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Eric Smith is a young adult author and literary agent who grew up in the wilds of New Jersey. When he isn't working on books (his and other peoples), he can be found writing about books for places like Book Riot and Paste Magazine. He lives with his wife, Nena, and their legion of small furry animals. Find him online at www.ericsmithrocks.com or on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is really special anthology. All of the contributors's lives have been touched by adoption in some way, and I feel that their experiences certainly came through in the stories they've created, and Eric Smith has done a tremendous job putting them all together. I'm a huge fan of anthologies, and this is one that I have really been looking forward to for a while now. There is just about every kind of story you could imagine about adoption in this collection from the beautiful and heartwarming to the terrifying. I was expecting a really contemporary heavy anthology but was pleasantly surprised to find so many different genres represented from speculative to scifi, fantasy to thriller. This one really does have a little bit of everything. With 30 stories, most of them are pretty short. There were a few that I would have liked to have seen be just a bit longer, because the endings felt a little abrupt, but for the most part the story lengths did feel appropriate. There are around 30 different stories in this collection, and while I preferred some over others, overall, there are some really incredible stories with some really strong writing. My favorite stories were probably the ones by Adi Alsaid, Julie Eshbaugh, William Ritter, Mindy McGinnis, Stephanie Scott, and Kate Watson. This anthology is a great place to start for fans of YA fiction who are wanting to read some really well-written short stories. I truly believe that it is so important for the literary community to keep short stories alive and relevant, and I think Eric Smith is certainly doing his part with this wonderful anthology.
It’s always a hit-or-miss with anthologies, you may not like all the stories or feel like some of the stories don’t fit in the anthology, but I think that Welcome Home is a solid anthology full of a unique and well-written collection of stories about adoption. I knew based on the premise alone that I would be crying, and I was not wrong. I think I probably teared up throughout the first few stories so if you’re looking for stories with emotion and heart, I highly recommend this anthology. The collection was sorted by author last-name so there was no clear hierarchy of stories and I liked that all the stories included a small brief author note about the author’s connection to adoption or why they were happy to be included in the anthology. I also loved that I got to discover new-to-me authors. Overall, if you’re looking for a well-rounded anthology with a lot of heart, I highly recommend this one.
Gripping my heart and holding it until the final page, I cried, I laughed, and stayed up late reading the many stories in this anthology. Home comes in many sizes and colors, and it’s the characters and the love they share that make the many stories of this anthology real. I have personal experience with adoption. My daughter came to me fresh out of eighth grade from a troubled home. She’s become so much a part of my life that it feels like she’s always been here. The many genres of stories in this anthology touch on various kinds of families brought together by love not blood. It shows us that not all adoptions are the same, not every situation is perfect, but love can bring hope and ease pain. There were moments of joy and laughter mixed in with tears. I connected to so many characters and wanted to read more of their stories. I can’t wait to share this book with my daughter!
WELCOME HOME is an unforgettable chorus! With each short story of adoption adding a unique voice. Collectively, a moving melody is created--one of compassion, open hearts, and what it means to be a family. The harmony of love resonates in every word! As someone who has adopted siblings and cousins, this anthology occupies a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. Can't recommend this beautiful book enough!!!