I See Reality

By Various

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories for young adults ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.

Kristen Elizabeth Clark

Kristin Elizabeth Clark always knew she wanted to be a writer. She began dabbling in haiku in the third grade – this "experimentation" turned out to be a gateway to the harder stuff: book-length verse. She lives and writes in Northern California where she has worked as a child advocate within the juvenile justice system, and as a children's theatre producer. She is a proud volunteer at Project Outlet in Mountain View, CA. Freakboy is her young adult debut.

Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel Something Real. When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, she lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, Heather was part of the Summer 2014 Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA class at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award for Something Real.

Stephen Emond

Steve Emond does not have any superhuman powers, neat tricks, or famous relatives, but he's a pretty cool guy who can draw. He is the creator of Emo Boy, which ran for 12 issues and two collections, and the comic strip, Steverino. He grew up in Connecticut, where he wrote and directed a public access sketch comedy show that only his grandmother watched.

Patrick Flores-Scott

Patrick Flores-Scott currently teaches struggling elementary readers and math students. He's written for theatre and the slam poetry stage. Jumped In is his first novel. He lives Seattle with his wife and two young boys.

Faith Hicks

FAITH ERIN HICKS is a writer and artist in Halifax, Canada. Her first two graphic novels, Zombies Calling andThe War at Ellsmere, were published by SLG Publishing. Most recently, she illustrated First Second's Brain Camp. Hicks has three brothers and was homeschooled until high school. She has never seen a ghost.

Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband and three children. Her debut YA psychological thriller CREED (co-authored) was published in 2014 with Flux.

Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of Camo Girl and The Rock and the River, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award. She is a New York City-based editor, speaker, and educator. In addition to writing fiction, Kekla leads writing workshops for youth and adults, writes non-fiction titles for the education market, and is the co-editor of YA & Children's Literature for Hunger Mountain, the arts journal of Vermont College.

Marcella Pixley

Marcella Pixley teaches eighth-grade language arts. Her poetry has been published in literary journals such asPrairie Schooner, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts.

Jason Schmidt

Jason Schmidt was born in Oregon in 1972. He has a law degree, and he lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

Jordan Sonnenblick

Jordan Sonnenblick's acclaimed teen titles include Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and After Ever After. He is also the author of the Dodge and Me series. A former middle-school English teacher, he lives with his family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

James Preller

James Preller is the author of Bystander, Six Innings, Before You Go, and the Scary Tales series. He's also known for his beloved Jigsaw Jones series. He travels the country making school appearances, and blogs about writing for children. He lives with his family in upstate New York.

Jay Clark

Jay Clark has written essays and articles for The Washington Post and Tennis magazine. A former resident of Ohio, he now lives in Virginia. The Edumacation of Jay Baker is his debut young adult novel.