#MGlit Review: Flying Lessons & Other Stories

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Edited by Ellen Oh, the cofounder of #weneeddiversebooks, Flying Lessons & Other Stories is a collection of short stories from award-winning and bestselling middle grade authors about basketball dreams, first crushes, family fiascos, new neighborhoods, and more. Celebrating diversity, this is a fabulous coming-of-age collection of stories that speaks to the uniqueness of everyone!

Even though I love teaching short stories, I often forget how fun it is to read through an anthology of them! And I really enjoyed reading through these ones. Right now, there's a movement for more #mglit and #yalit anthologies and I whole heartily support it.

Flying Lessons features new stories from popular authors Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, the late Walter Dean Myers, and more. None of them disappoint.

Oh has edited a beautiful collection that speaks to the diversity in our world, and offers a chance for ALL young people to see themselves reflected in the pages they read.

I highly recommend this for ANY age of readers, but particularly those who are trying to figure themselves out in the world. Also recommended for those who like realistic fiction and are on the lookout for diverse tales. Every middle grade and high school teacher should have this in the classroom!


📚Ages 12+
📚Diverse in culture, ethnics, LGBTQ
📚Realistic, coming-of-age fiction