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Pretty Monsters: Stories

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Staff Pick

Link is one of today's most original and talented short story writers. Pretty Monsters, her first collection for young adults, combines both old and new material — all of which is magical and entrancing.
Recommended by Rachael W., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing — and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look.

From the multiple award-winning "The Faery Handbag," in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of "The Surfer," whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Link's stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Her fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of The Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked, too!

Review:

"Readers as yet unfamiliar with Link (Magic for Beginners) will be excited to discover her singular voice in this collection of nine short stories, her first book for young adults. The first entry, 'The Wrong Grave,' immediately demonstrates her rare talents: a deadpan narration that conceals the author's metafictional sleight-of-hand ('Miles had always been impulsive. I think you should know that right up front'); subjects that range from absurd to mundane, all observed with equidistant irony. Miles, hoping to recover the poems he's buried with his dead girlfriend, digs up what appears to be the wrong corpse ('It's a mistake anyone could make,' interjects the narrator), who regains life and visits her mother, a lapsed Buddhist ('Mrs. Baldwin had taken her Buddhism very seriously, once, before substitute teaching had knocked it out of her'). Other stories have more overtly magical or intertextual themes; in each, Link's peppering of her prose with random associations dislocates readers from the ordinary. With a quirky, fairytale style evocative of Neil Gaiman, the author mingles the grotesque and the ethereal to make magic on the page. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This compilation of intricate, transfixing selections succeeds in making the weird wonderful and the grotesque absolutely gorgeous." School Library Journal

Review:

"Link defies expectations with such terrific turnarounds that you are left precipitously wondering not only What's going to happen now? but also Wait, what just happened?" Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre....The humor is dry and the characters are easy to relate to, even in alien (literally and figuratively) settings." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

Through the lens of Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. Now, in her first YA story collection, Link delivers stories that are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing?and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link?s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning ?The Faery Handbag,? in which a teenager?s grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of ?The Surfer,? whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Link?s stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Her fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked, too!

Synopsis:

In this brand-new collection of short stories, Aidan Chambers explores moments of truth, when a character or an event suddenly reveals an often-surprising meaning: A girl loses her humanity when she takes a summer job as a theme-park character; a boy tries to save a girl from a fiery death, only to discover the same event happened one hundred years before. And the titular story, in which an innocent game takes a fatal turn, will haunt the reader for a long time. 

These provocative stories beautifully lend themselves to discussion, and once again Chambers treats us to his fiercely intelligent, finely crafted prose and his incisive understanding of the wonderings of young people on the verge of adulthood.

Awards and praise for the work of Aidan Chambers

Michael L. Printz Award

Carnegie Medal

Hans Christian Andersen Award

 

“Beautifully written, emotionally touching, and intellectually challenging.” VOYA

 

“Jam-packed with ideas and passionate characters.” Publishers Weekly

“A marvelous wordsmith and magical storyteller.” ALAN Review 

“Disturbing, groundbreaking . . . original.” Books for Keeps

About the Author

Kelly Link (www.kellylink.net) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

Shaun Tan is the creator of the New York Times bestseller The Arrival. He lives in Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670010905
Author:
Link, Kelly
Publisher:
Speak
Illustrator:
Tan, Shaun
Author:
Chambers, Aidan
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Short Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
October 2, 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.50 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 416 pages Viking Children's Books - English 9780670010905 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Link is one of today's most original and talented short story writers. Pretty Monsters, her first collection for young adults, combines both old and new material — all of which is magical and entrancing.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers as yet unfamiliar with Link (Magic for Beginners) will be excited to discover her singular voice in this collection of nine short stories, her first book for young adults. The first entry, 'The Wrong Grave,' immediately demonstrates her rare talents: a deadpan narration that conceals the author's metafictional sleight-of-hand ('Miles had always been impulsive. I think you should know that right up front'); subjects that range from absurd to mundane, all observed with equidistant irony. Miles, hoping to recover the poems he's buried with his dead girlfriend, digs up what appears to be the wrong corpse ('It's a mistake anyone could make,' interjects the narrator), who regains life and visits her mother, a lapsed Buddhist ('Mrs. Baldwin had taken her Buddhism very seriously, once, before substitute teaching had knocked it out of her'). Other stories have more overtly magical or intertextual themes; in each, Link's peppering of her prose with random associations dislocates readers from the ordinary. With a quirky, fairytale style evocative of Neil Gaiman, the author mingles the grotesque and the ethereal to make magic on the page. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This compilation of intricate, transfixing selections succeeds in making the weird wonderful and the grotesque absolutely gorgeous."
"Review" by , "Link defies expectations with such terrific turnarounds that you are left precipitously wondering not only What's going to happen now? but also Wait, what just happened?"
"Review" by , "Weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre....The humor is dry and the characters are easy to relate to, even in alien (literally and figuratively) settings."
"Synopsis" by , Through the lens of Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. Now, in her first YA story collection, Link delivers stories that are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by ,
Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing?and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link?s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning ?The Faery Handbag,? in which a teenager?s grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of ?The Surfer,? whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Link?s stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Her fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked, too!

"Synopsis" by ,

In this brand-new collection of short stories, Aidan Chambers explores moments of truth, when a character or an event suddenly reveals an often-surprising meaning: A girl loses her humanity when she takes a summer job as a theme-park character; a boy tries to save a girl from a fiery death, only to discover the same event happened one hundred years before. And the titular story, in which an innocent game takes a fatal turn, will haunt the reader for a long time. 

These provocative stories beautifully lend themselves to discussion, and once again Chambers treats us to his fiercely intelligent, finely crafted prose and his incisive understanding of the wonderings of young people on the verge of adulthood.

Awards and praise for the work of Aidan Chambers

Michael L. Printz Award

Carnegie Medal

Hans Christian Andersen Award

 

“Beautifully written, emotionally touching, and intellectually challenging.” VOYA

 

“Jam-packed with ideas and passionate characters.” Publishers Weekly

“A marvelous wordsmith and magical storyteller.” ALAN Review 

“Disturbing, groundbreaking . . . original.” Books for Keeps

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