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From the Dakota people who first inhabited the state to its generations of immigrants and today’s residents, Minnesota has long had a vibrant and distinctly unique storytelling tradition. A rich and often under-appreciated part of this tradition is youth storytelling—a movement of which Minnesota is a national forerunner. Here, for the first time, two of the state’s beloved independent booksellers collect a wide array of short stories for young readers that pay homage to Minnesota's talented writers, diverse cultures, and stunning landscapes.
Sky Blue Water celebrates young adult and intermediate fiction from some of Minnesota’s most beloved and award-winning authors to emerging talents and many more. With each turn of the page, every young reader will find a poignant and relatable story: tales of discovering hidden truths about one’s family, dealing with a difficult bully, and falling for the new kid who dresses like a cowboy; Native American, Mexican, Norwegian, and Vietnamese cultures; as well as settings from Rainy Lake to Lake Calhoun, and time periods from prohibition to present day. Featuring primarily never-published stories, this anthology beautifully captures the essence of a Minnesota adolescence in twenty captivating short stories and poems. Sky Blue Water features a unique Q&A between Minnesota classrooms and the contributing authors as well as curriculum materials for families, teachers, and students.
This collection embodies passion for fostering literacy in young readers. All proceeds from Sky Blue Water will go to The Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, a Twin Cities organization offering free tutoring and writing assistance for students ages 6-18.
Contributors: William Alexander, Vermont College of Fine Arts; Swati Avasthi, Hamline University; Kelly Barnhill; Mary Casanova; John Coy; Kirstin Cronn-Mills; Anika Fajardo; Shannon Gibney, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Pete Hautman; Lynne Jonell, Loft Literary Center; Kevin Kling; Margi Preus; Marcie Rendon; Kurtis Scaletta; Julie Schumacher, University of Minnesota; Joyce Sidman; Phuoc Thi Minh Tran; Anne Ursu, Hamline University; Sarah Warren; Stephanie Watson, Loft Literary Center; Kao Kalia Yang.