The Curiosities

A Collection of Stories

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

From acclaimed and New York Times best-selling YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

• A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.
• Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.
• A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

But The Curiosities is more than the stories. Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing—all in public and without a backspace key. In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author’s comments, critiques, and kudos in the margins. Think of it as a guided tour of the creative processes of three acclaimed authors.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 304
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.6
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF045000, YAF057000, YAF030000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 6.875 x 10
Lexile 870
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 152691
Accelerated Reader® Points 10.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Tessa Gratton

Tessa Gratton is the acclaimed author of six young adult novels. She currently lives in Kansas with her partner, two cats, and her mutant mutt named Grendel.

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten books for young readers. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff is the New York Times bestselling author of five young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. She currently lives in Denver with her husband.


  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2013
  • Tayshas Reading List, Winner, 2012


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The end result of the combination of stories and formal and informal commentary is that readers will feel a stronger, more intimate connection with these writers as people, as well as gain insight into the kinds of support and critique that are useful in story-making and story-sharing.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews

“For those with dark hearts looking for the edgier side of paranormal fiction, this will be something to stay up with at night.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“The authors behind the group blog Merry Sisters of Fate have combined their talents to create a collection of 30 fantasy short stories that dazzle…. Each story stands totally on its own, but together, the cohesive group is more than the sum of its parts.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“These experimental, unedited short stories showcase the many faces of horror—goth, faerie, ghostly, grotesque, lyrical, vengeful, and nasty-cool… The presentation here is innovative, incorporating critique comments, hand-written marginalia describing the writer’s process, doodles, short essays, and diagrams.” —The Horn Book Magazine


“If you have a yen for dark, yearning, challenging yarns that often have a delightfully ambiguous, fairy-tale ambiance, there is plenty here to sate your curiosity… The inventive idea is fresh enough to draw plenty of interest on its own. But add in three high-wattage YA stars and you’ve got a hit.” —Booklist


“Not just a collection of stories, The Curiosities gives the reader a glimpse into the collective Sisters heads’ as they pithily write of inspiration, plot devices, and writing experiments in a subtly original format. I love everything about this book: the trim size, the cover, most every story, the writers’ notes in the margin, the doodles, and perhaps most interestingly—that the editor chose not to polish or edit the stories from their original forms on the blog. Most highly recommended for ages 13 to 17, for both public and school libraries.” —Ingram