December 06, 2020

#BookReview: A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology by @brownbookworm (Editor)






Synopsis: From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner



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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: I am not usually one for anthologies but this was hit!! I started and finished in a few hours and I could not put it down.  This diverse group of stories is one of a kind.  I would love to have some of these as fully fledged stories!! Each one stands on its own with empowering voices and wonderful real characters! 









Review

"This anthology resonates in its thorough enrichment of the canon." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A refreshing anthology depicting worlds where everyone can belong.” –Kirkus Reviews

"A noteworthy collection brimming with empowering tales that confirm all readers deserve to have their stories told." –Shelf Awareness 

About the Author

Dhonielle Clayton is COO of We Need Diverse Books. She is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and New York Times bestseller The Belles and its sequel The Everlasting Rose.She grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs on the Maryland side and spent most of her time under her grandmother's table with a stack of books. A former teacher and middle school librarian, Dhonielle is co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative development company whipping up decidedly diverse books for a wide array of readers. She's got a serious travel bug and loves spending time outside of the USA, but makes her home in New York City, where she can most likely be found hunting for the best slice of pizza.









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