Three YA stars, three novellas, one book. The follow-up to the acclaimed title The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor.


Tessa Gratton is the author of several works of YA fiction, including the United States of Asgard novels. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Gender Studies. After travelling the world with her military family, Tessa settled in Kansas with her partner, two cats and her mutant mutt named Grendel. Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times best selling author of several YA novels, including the Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Boys Cycle and the Printz honouree The Scorpio Races. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. She is also a musician, an artist, and racecar driver. You can learn more about her online at


Each of these authors draws a crowd on her own; together they are unstoppable.


The pieces themselves vary considerably: Stiefvater tells an intriguing story about a very ladylike character with an unusual diet; Gratton explores the aftermath of a devastating war in which former enemies negotiate gender differences and passion in the midst of cleaning up leftover magical bombs; and Yovanoff creates a writing persona critiquing her way through multiple versions of a mostly realistic story about drowning—actually and metaphorically—in the midst of a drought. Appreciating all three stories equally will be a challenge to adherents of any particular genre, but the writing instruction, which includes advice on what makes a good critique partner and some smartly expanded takes on the adage to write what you know, has broad applicability for realists and fantasists alike.

he Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Three talented young adult authors present three unique novellas, but offer readers a backstage pass. Each author provides an introduction explaining the craft of their story, and each novella includes sidebar comments from the author with writing tips and background information. The three novellas focus on three different aspects of writing: character, world-building, and ideas. The result of this unique format is a story collection that is entertaining and informative, with advice that seasoned and beginning writers alike can take to heart. Recommended for young adult writers or writers who want to write for young adults.

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