Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Book - 2017
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From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

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Another collection that brings together many big name YA authors, this anthology has 10 short stories about everything from pirates to basketball.

This was a wonderful compilation of short stories that will make your heart sing with happiness and hope...I seriously mean that. This book was full of inspirational tales that breached serious subjects and showcased some truly diverse characters. These are the stories we've all been craving. The... Read More »

Bridget says: I love short stories, and this collection has everything from adventure to humor, with a delightful cast of characters. Get the audiobook if you can because the readers are amazing!

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ArapahoeMary Jun 14, 2017

A collection of short stories as diverse as their authors. Edited by Ellen Oh, one of the creators of We Need Diverse Books, each story will engage you and move you. I especially loved Matt de la Peña's story of a young Mexican basketballer who believes the game will give him a better life and Ti... Read More »

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ArapahoeBridget May 09, 2017

So, so good. These are such fun stories, and they're all so different. I highly recommend the audiobook if you can get your hands on it, because each story is read by a different reader and they're all perfect. (Some of the authors read their stories!) Pick this up for summer, because you'll love... Read More »


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Jul 22, 2019

This is a amazing book of 12 short stories from 12 amazing authors. In this book there are a variety of stories that range from heart warming and sad to funny and happy. My favorite one is about a girl who was a slave in China that got captured by pirates but I don't want to spoil the rest. It's a really great book and I hope you read it.

AMS Age 11

JCLBeckyC Apr 16, 2019

Reading this book of short stories by various authors bringing their own unique diversity to the table is an excellent way for tweens to discover their next favorite author. My favorite is Jacqueline Woodson’s story, “Main Street.” I could totally relate to the main character, a white girl stuck in a bland, homogeneous community who meets a new girl in town whose brown skin is the first she’s ever touched. It’s such a powerful tale told succinctly and beautifully.

DPLpaigeone Oct 10, 2017

Do you have a family story you love to share? Oh brings together ten short stories by ten amazing authors about discovery, learning, family, a first crush, a new friend, writing and more. While teachers and parents will appreciate the forward, children will enjoy the stories such as one of a young girl who desperately wants a pet cat even though the orphaned cat doesn’t want her - clawing and hissing his way free. Oh reminds us that we all have stories like this that families share with everyone over and over. “But no matter what, our stories are unique, just like we are.” The first story by Matt De La Pena will pull you in with his writing style and story about a smart boy who discovers the Muni Gym in Balboa Park about an hour away from his pop’s job. He’s ready at 5am and his basketball game is about to change. But it’s the respect and honesty in this story and the other nine that will keep children reading more. From classroom experiences to playing wheelchair basketball (along with a few pirates!), children will find that “these stories celebrate the uniqueness in all of us.” The book is dedicated to Walter Dean Myers, “who believed that young people need to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read.” This reminds us all to listen, read, and write diverse stories. “So our work continues,” says Oh.

ArapahoeMary Jun 14, 2017

A collection of short stories as diverse as their authors. Edited by Ellen Oh, one of the creators of We Need Diverse Books, each story will engage you and move you. I especially loved Matt de la Peña's story of a young Mexican basketballer who believes the game will give him a better life and Tim Federle's story of Samantha, who finds her outcast self strangely connected to a new girl via a Secret Santa game.

ArapahoeBridget May 09, 2017

So, so good. These are such fun stories, and they're all so different. I highly recommend the audiobook if you can get your hands on it, because each story is read by a different reader and they're all perfect. (Some of the authors read their stories!) Pick this up for summer, because you'll love it.

LPL_CentennialC Feb 21, 2017

A wonderful collection of stories from We Need Diverse Books, full of realism and emotion. Flying Lessons has something in it for everyone, but my favorite story was Jacqueline Woodson's "Main Street". This collection is meant to be middle-grade, but older teens & adults will enjoy it as well!

samcmar Jan 11, 2017

I thought this was a great middle grade collection of short stories. Like any short story collection though there were some stories that didn't click with me and others that I completely adored. This book is beautiful, offers diverse voices, and some delightful situations. My favourite story in it was easily the one by Kwame Alexander, which I just thought was the perfect encapsulation of the middle grade experience. Definitely worth checking out!

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