Bookshelf Must-Have:
Flying Lessons & Other Stories

by the Brightly Editors

Illustration: popmarleo, iStock

Our latest Bookshelf Must-Have pick is a short story collection — with contributions from a host of amazing authors — that’s packed with terrific tales for middle grade readers. From basketball games to first crushes to female pirates and even Bigfoot, there’s something for everyone in this collection that celebrates and honors what makes us unique.

  • Why You Need: Flying Lessons & Other Stories

  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories

    edited by Ellen Oh

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    The best books are those you can return to over and over again, the ones that speak to you at all kinds of moments, in all kinds of ways. Flying Lessons & Other Stories, a new anthology of ten unique stories from ten remarkable writers, is one of those books. Created in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, and edited by the organization's cofounder, Ellen Oh, Flying Lessons & Other Stories is filled with warm, funny, tragic, engrossing stories that highlight unique experiences, celebrate diversity, and speak to our shared humanity. Bestselling authors like Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, Tim Federle, and Walter Dean Myers lend their talents and insights to this collection that's sure to be loved by middle grade readers and grown-ups alike. Perfect for classrooms, libraries, or your own bookshelves at home, Flying Lessons & Other Stories is a soaring work not to be missed.

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