2016 Young Explorers Adventure Guide

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Join us for the second yearly anthology of science fiction stories for middle grade readers, with a focus on diversity and representation. We have 22 great stories from a wide range of authors, from Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress, to relative newcomers in the field.

Over 85% of the stories are brand-new, and our themes cover the field: space exploration, steampunk, post-apocalyptic, first contact… and lots and lots of adventure.


When I first saw this book… well, this isn’t what I was expecting. At least until I noticed the space ship. This was a really great collection of science fiction stories that is easily accessible for middle grade readers while still being enjoyable for teen and adult readers as well. I loved that there was a special focus put on diversity, especially as the stories were more targeted toward middle grade. YA is all about diversity right now, and seeing that spread out to younger readers is incredible.

There were a wide range of stories here, with a wide range of quality. There were only two or three that I struggled to stay interested in, most were really strong, and a handful were great! Maggie Allen, Michael Barretta and Wendy Lambert were particular standouts.

I’m not sure exactly who I’d recommend this book to as “this would be perfect for you” but to be fair, I don’t read a lot of anthologies. I guess it’s fair to say there’s something for everyone, and what can be wrong with that? If you’re looking to discover new voices in science fiction, look no further!

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