From the organization We Need Diverse Books and Dhonielle Clayton, the co-author of Blackout, comes a fantasy collection of short stories from a list of diverse, award-winning, and bestselling authors. This critically acclaimed young adult anthology welcomes every voice to lead, empower, and take command of their universe.
Close your eyes, make a wish, and step into a world where…
A princess has no need for a prince.
Memories vanish with the cast of a spell.
Dazzling ballgowns hide dark secrets.
The fight continues to create a realm where everyone can belong.
And the universe is yours for the taking.
In collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning, diverse authors created this powerful anthology of young adult stories about forbidden love, broken promises, and monsters long misunderstood.
This stunning collection includes writing from Samira Ahmed, Jenni Balch, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, V. E. Schwab, Tara Sim, and Nic Stone whose voices ring out in the wish for a braver and more beautiful universe.
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.
"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