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I'm long past being a middle-grade reader, but I enjoyed this anthology tremendously. The stories are wonderful, displaying human ingenuity and a charming youthful viewpoint. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud (Angela Penrose piling complication on complication on a young man with an emerging power in A Smelly Problem), some made me think twice about assumptions ( example: A Universe of Talk from Evan Dicken), and a few made me sniffle, particularly The Rocket Maker from Mike Barretta.
I would put this collection into the hands of any young reader, or young at heart reader.
This is an excellent collection of stories. They are very well written and edited as well as being very imaginative. I think it would be perfect for middle schoolers who read well and for young adults.
When I was 10 years old I would have stayed up all night reading this book. The stories are varied, from a steampunk mystery to alien pets, from aliens visiting earth to humans visiting space, with families of all ages and types, yet each story is about a young person having an adventure. Standouts are Jeannie Warner's take on Oliver Twist, Eric Del Carlo's post-pandemic survivors, and Deborah Walker's solution to gender imbalance. I loved this anthology, and am looking forward to the 2016 Guide.
Entertaining, varied and enrapturing - my young wards for the weekend have positively devoured the book and I'll admit enjoying it myself once they very reluctantly set it down. I really hope Young Explorer's Adventure Guide becomes a series :)