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Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: Ellen Hopkins Amanda Hocking Julie Kagawa...
Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: Ellen Hopkins Amanda Hocking Julie Kagawa...
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  • Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

    Ellen Hopkins

    Amanda Hocking

    Julie Kagawa

    Claudia Gray

    Rachel Hawkins

    Kimberly Derting

    Myra McEntire

    Malinda Lo

    Sarah Rees-Brennan

    Jackson Pearce

    Christine Johnson

    Jeri Smith Ready

    Shaun David Hutchinson

    Saundra Mitchell

    Sonia Gensler

    Tessa Gratton

    Jon Skrovron

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    High school is hard enough without having a psychic for a mom.

    And no, I don't mean she has that uniquely Mom-like sixth sense. I mean she's literally a psychic. Reading your palms, telling you your future, all for the bargain price of fifty bucks a session (a hundred if you want a full hour, but no one ever does).

    Momma runs her business out of our trailer. I know there are people who say that trailers can be nice, fancy even.

    Those people had never been to our trailer.

    It isn't even a double-wide, which would have at least given us enough space for more than one ratty couch. I think the couch had belonged to my nana at some point. I knew whoever had had it before us had smoked on it, though. It carried the scent of thousands of cigarettes, millions even, deep inside every cabbage rose on its stained and burned cushions.

    Momma's "studio," as she liked to call it, was in the second bedroom. When she wasn't reading people's fortunes, I slept on an air mattress on the floor in there. It was either that or share with Momma, which no, thank you. And like I said, the couch stunk-and was haunted besides-so I made do with the air mattress, no matter how big a pain in the ass it was to pump it up every single night, only to roll it back flat every morning.

    The studio was the one nice room in the whole trailer. In there, the linoleum didn't have duct tape over the cracks. In fact, you couldn't see the linoleum at all. Momma had bought a real nice rug from Walmart years ago. It was a little too big for the room, curling up against the walls, but Momma kept it so dark in there that no one ever really noticed.

    There had been a beaded curtain separating the studio from the rest of the trailer, but I'd talked Momma into getting rid of it. It looked cheap and trashy. I realized that was kind of an ironic statement, considering the rest of our place, but I had some limits. She'd hung a paisley shawl in the doorway instead, and while that wasn't great, at least it didn't rattle every time you walked past it.

    Momma was standing in front of that shawl on Saturday morning, yawning as she cradled a cup of coffee in her hands. I stood at the sink, washing last night's dinner dishes and looking out the window. On the porch of the next trailer over, a little girl with hair nearly the same white-blond as mine was playing with a water hose, giggling as she sprayed the vinyl siding. I was smiling at her and nearly missed what Momma was saying. Only when she said, "So you'll need to stay close by today," did I turn around, frowning at her.

    "I can't," I told her, the dish in my hand dripping water onto the stained and faded linoleum. "I have track practice at noon."

    Momma scowled. Years ago, she had been pretty, but there was something hard in her face now that had nothing to do with aging or wrinkles. "You had track practice last weekend."

    I fought the urge to roll my eyes. "Yeah, I have it every weekend. And three times a week after school. Come on, Momma. Use your powers and envision me jogging around the track." I wiggled my sudsy fingers at her. "Because trust me, that's my future today."

    Momma sighed, crossing over to me and dropping her nearly empty mug in my newly cleaned sink. I bit my lip as coffee splashed over the enamel. Then she held her hands out to me and I groaned. "Oh, come on, Momma, I was joking."

    Moving closer, Momma insisted, "Give 'em here."

    Still grumbling, I laid my palms flat on hers, and taking a deep breath, Momma closed her eyes. Almost immediately, she frowned. "Girl, you weren't...

About the Author-

  • Christine Johnson grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While she was in the "away" part of that adventure, she lived in Chicago, Illinois, where she attended DePaul University and majored in Political Science. She now lives in an old house in an old neighborhood with her kids and way too many books. Find her on the web at http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com/ and on Twitter @cjohnsonbooks.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 13, 2014
    Johnson (The Gathering Dark) brings together 17 authors in a collection of reimagined fairy tales that hark back to their dark, edgy roots. In this case, it leads to a preponderance of stories with downbeat, nebulous, or twist endings. Romantic elements are prominent, as are queer characters and themes, giving rise to unexpected, even radical interpretations. Standouts include Malinda Lo’s “The Twelfth Girl,” which sees “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” set at a boarding school; Jon Skovron’s “The Raven Princess,” which puts a charming twist on the story of a princess cursed to live as a bird; and Tessa Gratton’s “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, “Beast/Beast,” which gives the Beast a worthy adversary. Sarah Rees Brennan’s “Beauty and the Chad” is a sardonic, tongue-in-cheek flipside to the same source material, one of the more lighthearted pieces offered. The father-daughter attempted incest running through Saundra Mitchell’s “Thinner Than Water” reminds readers that the old tales sometimes took disturbing turns, as does the cannibalism in Myra McIntire’s “Skin Trade.” Overall, the stories are interesting, memorable, and ideal for readers who don’t require happily ever afters. Ages 14–up. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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