Yolen, Jane & Hayden, Patrick Nielsen, eds. The year's best science fiction and fantasy for teens.

Author:Hoy, Sherry
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review
 
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YOLEN, Jane & HAYDEN, Patrick Nielsen, eds. The year's best science fiction and fantasy for teens. Tor. 288p. c2005. 978-0765-31384-3. $12.95. JSA*

Eleven stories all copyrighted in 2004 (except Rudyard Kipling's "They") are gathered in this collection. It starts well with Kelly Link's "The Faery Handbag," about a girl who inherits (and then loses) her grandmother's handbag, which also forms a magical link to the land of the fairies. The trouble is her boyfriend just recently went through it. Delia Sherman's "CATNYP" is also excellent. In it, the "fairy" version of the New York Public Library has a living card catalog named CATNYP. Rudyard Kipling's inclusion is well introduced and proves that even his old stories are still above average. It ends with a bang with Bradley Denton's "Sergeant Chip," about a canine "officer" during the Vietnam War. Appended is an honor roll of other good 2004 stories, as well as short notes on the contributors.

It is nice to finally have one of these compilations just for teens. It was a long time...

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