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Sky Blue Water

From the Dakota people who first inhabited the state to its generations of immigrants and today's residents, Minnesota has long had a vibrant and unique storytelling tradition. A rich and often under appreciated part of this tradition is youth storytelling--a movement of which Minnesota is a national forerunner. Here, for the first time, two of the state's beloved independent booksellers collect a wide array of short stories for young readers that pay homage to Minnesota's diverse cultures and stunning landscapes.Sky Blue Water celebrates young adult and intermediate fiction from some of Minnesota's most beloved and award-winning authors to emerging talents and many more. With each turn of the page, every young reader will find a poignant and relatable story: tales of discovering hidden truths about one's family, dealing with a difficult bully, and falling for the new kid who dresses like a cowboy, as well as settings from Rainy Lake to Lake Calhoun and time periods from Prohibition to the present day. Featuring primarily never-published stories, this anthology beautifully captures the essence of a Minnesota adolescence in twenty short stories and poems. Sky Blue Water features a Q&A between Minnesota classrooms and the contributing authors as well as curriculum materials for families, teachers, and students.This collection embodies passion for fostering literacy in young readers. A portion of the proceeds from Sky Blue Water will go to the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, a Twin Cities organization offering free tutoring and writing assistance for students ages six to eighteen. Contributors: William Alexander; Swati Avasthi; Kelly Barnhill; Mary Casanova; John Coy; Kirstin Cronn-Mills; Anika Fajardo; Shannon Gibney; Pete Hautman; Lynne Jonell; Kevin Kling; Margi Preus; Marcie Rendon; Kurtis Scaletta; Julie Schumacher; Joyce Sidman; Phuoc Thi Minh Tran; Anne Ursu; Sarah Warren; Stephanie Watson; Kao Kalia Yang.
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Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Kevin Kling Introduction Jay D. Peterson and Collette A. Morgan The War between the Water and the Road William Alexander Dee Dee Kurtis Scaletta Kings and Queens John Coy Max Swings for the Fences Anne Ursu The Creature under the Bush Lynne Jonell The Blue between Us Joyce Sidman Fishing Anika Fajardo Strange Island Julie Schumacher Ozymandias Kelly Barnhill Worry and Wonder Marcie Rendon Mourning Dove Joyce Sidman My Icy Valentine Kirstin Cronn-Mills Poetry Themes from Creative Writing Class Joyce Sidman The Silver Box (An Excerpt) Margi Preus Pressure Swati Avasthi Opposite Land Pete Hautman Chant for a Winter Dawn Joyce Sidman Lone Star Shannon Gibney The Ocean Where the Dreams Go Tr?n Th? Minh Phu?c / Phuoc Thi Minh Tran Adrift Mary Casanova We Were Boys Together Kao Kalia Yang Why Does Dr. Seuss Rhyme All the Time? Questions for the Authors Prompts for Classroom Discussions and Creative Writing Activities Stephanie Watson and Sarah Warren Contributors

About the Author

Jay D. Peterson spent twelve years as the store manager of Magers and Quinn Booksellers of Minneapolis. He is an active and dedicated member of the Twin Cities literary community and served as founding board chair of the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute. Collette A. Morgan believes that sharing stories changes lives. In 1992, she and Tom Braun opened Wild Rumpus Books in Minneapolis. She has served on the board of directors of the American Bookseller's Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, among others. Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Minneapolis.


"This mother lode of short stories by talented Minnesota writers offers vivid glimpses into the cultural life of the state through the eyes of its youth. The authors get into the heads of their young characters through their spot-on use of dialogue and genuine senses of innocence and wonder."-Kirkus Reviews "A high-quality anthology full of classroom potential, sure to inspire budding writers and hook casual readers, too."-School Library Journal "One of the pleasures of this anthology is the chance to see several well-known YA novelists working in shorter forms. Another is the range of voices - and themes - in the collection, all linked loosely through the metaphor of water."-Star Tribune "None of the stories or poems are long, and the excellent writing should keep young readers riveted. (There's no reason adults can't enjoy these award-winning writers, too, and the collection would make a dandy teaching tool for writing classes.)"-Pioneer Press "The subtitle touts this as "Great Stories for Young Readers" and although all of the protagonists in these compelling, witty and wise short stories are teens or pre-teens, they are "great" for any reader."-Lake Superior Magazine "Themes reflecting the lives of young adults are as diverse as the contributors, including family secrets, bullying, accepting newcomers, family relationships, friendship, fear, loss, and hope."-Oneota Reading Journal "The Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a place where the pure, unadulterated weirdness of kids is honored and amplified."-Dave Eggers

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