A Universe of Wishes

Dhonielle Clayton

fiction fantasy young adult
dark informative medium-paced

416 pages | first published 2021

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner

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adventurous 75%
emotional 75%
inspiring 75%
dark 58%
hopeful 58%
challenging 41%
mysterious 41%
reflective 41%
tense 25%
lighthearted 16%
sad 16%
funny 8%


medium 69%
fast 30%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | N/A: 30% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 11%

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