Paths to the Stars is a collection of short stories by Edward Willett. The stories take place in the future, in space. They are fantastical stories about worlds beyond our own. This collection consists of multiple short stories of science fiction and adventure. Read as Edward Willett masterfully crafts short tales of adventure and exploration.
In Alice Parker’s Metamorphosis, 13-year-old Alice Parker is experiencing something she never thought would happen to her. First, she has cravings of fruit and sugar, then boiling hot back pains, but the most mysterious change is that she is getting the top marks in class without working for them! Then to top it all off, one day, she falls down in her driveway while coming home from school with one of her friends and finds out why her life has been so strange lately. But this sudden change brings the most dangerous thing she can imagine.
Skye Gilchrist lost her brother in a school shooting three years ago. He wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter. After the shooting, Skye moved away, but now it is time for her to face the people who hate her the most. Including her middle school best friend and crush, Jesse, who also lost his brother in the shooting… but Jesse’s brother WAS a victim. Jesse and Skye meet up again at school, but they can’t escape the past. Skye is trapped in what her brother did, and that is all people see her as.
Young-hee and the Pullocho is a courageous story about a Korean girl by the name of Young-hee. Everything in Young-hee’s life is boring, drab, and annoying-especially her little brother, Bum. All Young-hee wants is to have a little fun in her life, but before she knows it, she is thrust into a magical realm that she never knew existed, where all of the old Korean legends she heard have turned out to be true.
Amina’s Voice is a book about a girl named Amina who doesn’t like speaking in front of an audience.When Amina goes into middle school, everything starts to change. Her best friend, Soojin, is changing her name to be more American and hanging out with Emily, one of the popular girls. Where does Amina fit? Should she change who she is?
Audrey Grey's Shadow Rise is the story of a girl named Maia Greystone. She is the strong main character though she has her downfalls and shortcomings. The book starts with her remembering the bombing from the previous book. She is being tortured by the Archduchess and plans to escape. When she does, she finds herself in the hands of the rebels, who she thought were her friends.
The Crowns of Croswald is a mystery adventure book about a girl named Ivy Lovely. Ivy is a maid that despises supervising the scaldron dragons. One night she escapes and runs away. She discovers a cloud that crashes in front of her. The cloud takes her to Ravenshollow, a town filled with magic. She is sent to school to become a scrivenist. She makes few friends and is treated terribly by one student. Ivy is desperate to get into the forgotten room to unlock its secrets and powers.
Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant, a novel centered on the adventures of 9-year-old Flora, a recent transplant to Rosetown, Indiana, captured my attention from the first page and held it until the end. The book chronicles Flora's adjustment to a new town, the flourishing friendship with Yury, and the excitement of beginning 4th grade. But Flora's transition to Rosetown is complicated by her parents' recent divorce and her insecurities of being new in town.
The main character of this book is a high schooler named June. The story begins as June and her father (a wildlife activist) go to investigate a recent oil spill and find something very unexpected caught in the oil: mermaids!