Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories
Amazon Blurb:
What do a disabled superhero, a time-traveling Chinese-American figure skater, and a transgender animal shifter have in common? They’re all stars of Kaleidoscope stories! 

Kaleidoscope collects fun, edgy, meditative, and hopeful YA science fiction and fantasy with diverse leads. These twenty original stories tell of scary futures, magical adventures, and the joys and heartbreaks of teenage life.

Diversity: 5+. Basically, the diversity is off the charts

Recommended: Hell Yeah! If you are an author wondering why diversity is such a big deal and how you can incorporate diverse characters and themes into their stories, this is the book for you.

Kaleidoscope is a virtual smorgasbord of diversity. The stories simple enough for kids but complex for any adult.

I’ve been a white man, a white woman, a black man, and I am black woman, but in Kaleidoscope I was in a wheel chair, autistic, had OCD, a young gay dude having to endure aversion therapy, and a young girl born without a hand. Kaleidoscope blew open my universe.

“Celebration” by Sean Eads: A facility for gay teens gets invaded by aliens. Loved it.

“Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart: A wonderful story that touched my heart.  This story alone makes it worth the price of the complete book. It deals with the intersection between real aliens, a Somali-Australian, teenage pregnancy, and polygamous relationships. 

“Careful Magic” by Karen Healey: I teared up at the end of this story because it was so good. It reminded me of +Katie Cross Miss Mabel’s School For Girls because it was filled with witchy teenagers.

“Chupacabra’s Song” by Jim Hines: I have never read anything from Jim Hines.  I am going to have to check  him out now.  Seriously.

“Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell” by E. C. Myers:  Well Written with sex. I like a little sex with my sci-fi.

“Happy Go Lucky” by Garth Nix: A society split into lucky and unlucky citizens. It had a dark-skinned protag who has two dads. I’m a new fan of Garth Nix now. I wish this had been a novel.

“Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts: The opening story. It blew my mind. The main character has a nub instead of a hand and is chosen to be a superhero. (like Furiosa from Fury Road)

“Walkdog” by Sofia Samatar: It started out really weird. But then the storytelling grew on me. I cried at the end.

“The Lovely Duckling” by Tim Susman: Written through emails and it reminded me of The Park by Voss Foster. Good read. Two words: Gender bending.

It’s currently $9.95 at Amazon, but it’s definitely worth the price. 

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