Short Story Collections for Teens

Do you ever feel like you don’t have the time or desire to plunge into a hefty novel? Try reaching for a short story collection instead. We have a growing number of short story collections available in the Teen area of our libraries. You can also check on the Indiana Digital Download Center (IDDC) to find many of these titles available as an e-book. Just go to the Digital Downloads link on our web page.

Some of these story collections are used by the authors to fill in gaps between books in a series or to tell a story from a different character’s perspective.

The Bane Chronicles  Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver  Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs was written after the completion of the Miss Peregrine’s Home series and is written as the fantastical book which plays such an important role in the series.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Others of these anthologies are created around a common theme such as steampunk, dystopian literature, or paranormal tales.

Steampunk: an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories  Shards & Ashes  The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories

Titles like Black Juice by Margo Lanagan feature stories all written by one author. Other titles may include stories by multiple authors and are a great way to find a new favorite writer. Zombies vs. Unicorns includes stories by Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Clare and others.

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan  Zombies vs. Unicorns

We even have 2 collections of holiday stories for teens!

Let It Snow: 3 Holiday Romances  My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Give a short story collection a try, and let us know which books you enjoy!

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories being told are deeply immersed in science and technology, generally futuristic science and technology. Common themes featured in Science Fiction novels are space and time travel, extraterrestrial life, and parallel universes. Science Fiction has become especially popular in YA novels, where futuristic, technological, dystopian societies are the premise for many books. Oftentimes, Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction will merge into each other, making the novel belong in both genres.


If you are new to and are wanting to explore the Science Fiction genre, my suggestion is to start with some YA authors, such as Lauren Oliver, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Scott Westerfeld. Let the Aurora Public Library District help you discover your next favorite Science Fiction read.


Jules Verne is considered to be the father of Science Fiction. Having passed away in 1905, most of the future that Verne imagined for his novels has come to pass. However, you’ll find many of his classics on our shelves. Start with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Another founding father of modern Science Fiction is H.G. Wells, who later dismissed his Science Fiction works when compared with his later novels. Wells is probably most-known for The War of the Worlds, but other novels of his include The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.


Isaac Asimov is another classic Science Fiction writer who is known for creating the “Three Laws of Robotics.” Asimov’s novels are considered to be “hard” Science Fiction, which means that he paid acute attention to scientific details to make his novels as realistic and accurate as possible. Start with I, Robot.


Orson Scott Card’s novels are filled with familiar themes of moral dilemmas, family, duty, and sacrifice. Many of his novels include children as the main characters. He is probably best known for his Ender’s Saga that reaches a wide audience of teens and adults. Card also writes hard Science Fiction. Start with Ender’s Game.


Whitley Strieber writes many Science Fiction novels that can also be considered Horror, Thriller and Suspense Fiction. His novels often feature apocalyptic situations. Start with The Hunger.

You might have noticed that several of these Science Fiction titles have been made (and remade) into movies throughout the years. Science Fiction is a genre that really can appeal and encompass all kinds of people. Even if you have never before read a Science Fiction novel, I wholeheartedly encourage you to try.

Other notable Science Fiction authors the Aurora Public Library District has on its shelves are Michael Crichton, Douglas Adams, Robert DohertyMary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Margaret Atwood. And don’t forget to check out the Indiana Digital Download Center for more Science Fiction titles.

Happy Reading!