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A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology by [Dhonielle Clayton]
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Editorial Reviews


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

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

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

"The diversity represented in these stories is exceptional, and many readers who may have thus far been unable to find themselves in the pages of speculative fiction will see themselves here.... A strong choice for all collections serving teens." —SLJ

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-This collection of speculative fiction featuring LGBTQIA+ protagonists and characters of color includes contributions by Libba Bray, V.E. Schwab, Kwame Mbalia, Nic Stone, and others. Some of the standout stories: A young warrior fighting to become the consort of the kingdom's ruler is drawn to one of her fellow combatants instead; to save her two mothers, a young Latina seeks an audience with a trans prince; a Black colonist aboard a spaceship is determined to take some of his history with him; a brown-skinned genie is summoned by a girl living in a research station in the clouds of Venus; a young man with the Sight seeks to rescue a bruja trapped in an invisible tower; love notes are supernaturally passed between a Black gang member in solitary confinement in California and an Arab boy in Gaza. Unfortunately, many of these stories end with a disappointing jolt, failing to fully develop the characters or adequately conclude the tale-readers will be left wanting more. Despite this, the diversity represented in these stories is exceptional, and many readers who may have thus far been unable to find themselves in the pages of speculative fiction will see themselves here. VERDICT A strong choice for all collections serving teens.-Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Lib., Castle Rock, COα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BYVXGBF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown Books for Young Readers (December 8, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 8, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5647 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 407 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1984896210
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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3.0 out of 5 stars Collection of diverse YA fantasy short stories
By The Reading Raccoon on December 8, 2020
Like many anthologies this collection of young adult fantasy short stories is a mix of enjoyable and easy to jump into stories along with ones that felt like you either needed to read previous works of the author or just didn’t work in a shorter length. There were definitely a few that stood out.

In order here are my comments and ratings:

Universe of Wishes by Tara Sim

Orphan teen boy who robs graves to steal the magic out of dead bodies. Finds companionship and help from a boy who works at a funeral home ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Silk Blade by Natalie C Parker

Girl competes to be the consort of a prince. Finds herself drawn to a fellow contestant. Just okay, insta-love ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Scarlet Woman by Libba Bray

Girls in late 1800’s NYC are pulled into a mysterious missing person case with magical roots. This one didn’t feel like a story you could go into blind. You need to read the rest of the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cristal y Ceniza by Anna-Marie McLenore

Cinderella story about a Latina girl who travels to a nearby land to win the heart of a prince and ask for refuge for the same-sex couples that are facing discrimination in her homeland ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Liberia by Kwame Mbalia

Sci Fi space story about a boy who is keeping his ancestors memories alive through the plants he grows on a spaceship. Could see where the author was going with this one but wasn’t really intriguing to me personally


A Royal Affair by VE Schwab

A man looks back on his doomed affair with a prince as he heads back to London for the first time in years. My favorite story in the anthology and now I want to read this series!


The Takeback Tango by Rebecca Roanhorse

A teenager from a tribe that no longer exists steals her ancestor’s relics back from private collectors and meets an mysterious young man during the heist. Fun and full of action


Dream and Dare by Nic Stone

A story about princesses, girls and dragons. I’m not sure I fully understood this one


Wish by Jenni Balch

A genie in a bottle story


The Weight by Dhonielle Clayton

Two childhood sweethearts have their hearts weighed to see if they really love each other. Imaginative and thoughtful.


Unmoor by Mark Oshiro

Boy wants to have all his memories removed from a romance that went badly. Relatable.


The Coldest Spot in the Universe by Samira Ahmed

Girl stuck in a dying Chicago in 2031 has an interplanetary traveler find the objects and memories she left behind a century later. Haunting.


The Beginning of Monsters by Tessa Gratton

High fantasy/Sci Fi that was over my head and I didn’t really understand what was happening.


Longer Than The Threads of Time by Zoraida Córdova

Urban fantasy about a boy from New York that meets a girl trapped in a magical tower in the middle of Central Park. Great twist on Rapunzel.


Habibi by Tochi Onyebuchi

Two young men incarcerated across the world from each other reach across space and time to provide comfort. Beautifully written.


Average of 3.4 stars overall

*I was provided a review copy of A Universe of Wishes by Netgalley for the purpose of review
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