A Gathering of Flowers: Stories About Being Young in America is edited by Joyce Carol Thomas. A fine collection of short stories by authors such as Gary Soto, Lois Lowry, and Rick Wernli. These stories explore growing up in America from a variety of ethnic aspects, as well as a take on growing up in America science fiction style. A charming book of stories for young people that includes fables, fantasies, and well crafted looks at what it means to be young.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10.