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Fresh Ink: An Anthology

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All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA collection from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

"This awesome anthology came together with the fantastic organization We Need Diverse Books, and...combines an all-star cast of talent." —Paste Magazine

Careful—you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written—whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. This collection addresses topics like gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty and ranges in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance. It will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Schuyler Bailar, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Sharon G. Flake, Eric Gansworth, Malindo Lo, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Aminah Mae Safi, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon

"I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I'm really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats." —BookRiot

"Huge, huge names in YA participated." —Bustle

ISBN-13: 9781524766313

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Publication Date: 07-30-2019

Pages: 224

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award nominees Fake ID and Endangered, as well as the YA novel Overturned. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and he resides in Virginia with his wife. Check him out online at or follow @LRGiles on Twitter.

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Shay’s father climbed up into the driver’s seat of a rental truck and slammed the door. Started the engine, cut the emergency blinkers, then honked the horn twice to say goodbye, before pulling off. Moments later, another truck pulled up to the same spot—­a replacement. Double-­parked, killed the engine, toggled the emergency blinkers, rolled the windows up until there was only a sliver of space for air to slip through.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lamar Giles 1

Eraser Tattoo Jason Reynolds 3

Meet Cute Malinda Lo 14

Don't Pass Me By Eric Gansworth 38

Be Cool for Once Aminah Mae Safi 55

Tags Walter Dean Myers 72

Why I Learned to Cook Sara Farizan 86

A Stranger at the Bochinche Daniel José Older 101

A Boy's Duty Sharon G. Flake 112

One Voice: A Something In-Between Story Melissa de la Cruz 133

Paladin/Samurai Gene Luen Yang, with illustrations Thien Pham 147

Kodama's Ramen Shop Ellen Oh 156

Catch, Pull, Drive Schuyler Bailar 178

Super Human Nicola Yoon 194

About the Authors 210

About We Need Diverse Books 217