The seemingly out-of-the-blue suicide of May’s older brother, basketball star and Princeton-bound Danny, just before graduation sends her Chinese American family into an downward emotional spiral.
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet
Lou (Métis/white) is spending the summer before college working at her family’s ice cream stand in her Canadian prairie town. After her mom leaves to sell beadwork on the powwow circuit, Lou’s biological father–the white man who raped Lou’s mom when she was 16–lets Lou know he’s out of prison and demands to meet her.
Teenage Angel is staying with her uncle in Brooklyn after a violent incident with her (now) ex-boyfriend left her hurt both physically and emotionally.
Lulu and Milagro’s Search for Clarity
Peruvian American sisters Lulu and Milagro aren’t exactly close and certainly weren’t planning to spend spring break together.
I Must Betray You
When 17-year-old Cristian Florescu is called to his school office and confronted by a member of the Romanian secret police, the Securitate officer tells Cristian that he and his family won’t be punished for the illegal American dollar Cristian possesses if he’s willing to become an informer.
In Guangzhou province, China, 1968, teenage Ming lives with other older orphans and works in the fields like everyone else in his village. Six years before, Ming’s mother, like many in the village, died during the great famine that the government attributes to natural disasters when in fact it was the result of poor policy.
Six stories by six different contributors are set during a citywide blackout in New York that begins on a hot summer day and extends into the night, ending at a Brooklyn block party where all the characters converge.
Indian American Rani Kelkar’s parents have always been clear: No dating in high school. She’s always respected that rule.
Amber & Clay
Two children’s fates entwine in a novel set in Greece, 5th century B.C.E.
Fire Keeper’s Daughter
Daunis, 18, has postponed attending the University of Michigan to stay in Sault Ste. Marie for her mother, who is reeling from the recent death of Daunis’s uncle and the failing health of Daunis’s grandmother–the wealthy white woman who wouldn’t allow Daunis’s Ojibwe father to be named on Daunis’s birth certificate.