Short Stories

Young Adult Bibliography

Short Stories

ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Updated July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD


Alexie, Sherman, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven

Allende, Isabelle, The Stories of Eva Luna

Alvarez, Julia, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Applet, Kathi, Kissing Tennessee:  And Other Stories from the Stardust Dance

Avi, Best Shorts: Favorite Short Stories for Sharing

Bagdasarian, Adam, First French Kiss and Other Traumas

Barchers, Suzanne, In Short: How to Teach the Young Adult Short Story

Bauer, Marion Dane.  Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence

Benard, Robert, Do You Like It Here?

Block, Francesca Lia, Girl Goddess #9

Borges, Jorge Luis, Ficciones

Brooks, Martha, Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories by Martha Brooks

Cart, Michael, Tomorrowland:  10 Stories About the Future

Carver, Raymond and Tom Jenks, American Short Story Masterpieces

Chekhov, Anton

Cisneros, Sandra, The House on Mango Street

Cofer, Judith Ortiz, Riding Low on the Streets of Gold:  Latino Literature for Young Adults

Collier, John, “The Chaser”

Cormier, Robert, Eight Plus One

Coville, Bruce, Half-Human

Coville, Bruce, “The Secret of Life According to Aunt Gladys”

Crane, Milton, Fifty Great American Short Story Masterpieces

Crutcher, Chris, Athletic Shorts:  Six Short Stories

Dahl, Roald, Kiss Kiss; Switch Bitch

De Anda, Diane, The Ice Dove and Other Stories; The Immortal Rooster and Other Stories.

Dinesen, Isak

Faulkner, William, “The Bear”

Fraustino, Lisa Rowe, Dirty Laundry:  Stories About Family Secrets, Don’t Cramp My Style:  Stories About That Time of the Month, Soul Searching:  Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief

Gallo, Donald, No Easy Answers:  Short Stories about Teenagers Making Tough Choices, Sixteen:  Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults

Gilman, Charlotte, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Gold, Robert S., Point of Departure: 19 Stories of Youth and Discovery

Gorky, Maxim

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, “Young Goodman Brown”

Jackson, Shirley, “The Lottery”

Jiménez, Francisco, The Circuit:  Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

Joyce, James, “Eveline”

Kincaid, Jamaica, At the Bottom of the River

Levithan, David and Daniel Ehrenhaft, 21 Proms

London, Jack, The Call of the Wild

Mazer, Anne, Working Days:  Short Stories about Teenagers at Work

Mazer, Harry, Twelve Shots:  Outstanding Short Stories about Guns, Ultimate Sports:  Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults; Working Days: Short Stories about Teenagers at Work

Melville, Herman, “Bartleby the Scrivener”

Miller-Lachmann, Lyn, Once Upon a Cuento

Moffett, James, Points of View:  An Anthology of Short Stories

Mohr, Nicholasa, El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories

Monture, Joel, Cloudwalker: Contemporary Native American Stories

Myers, Walter Dean, 145th Street: Short Stories

Naylor, Gloria, Children of the Night:  The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present

Noyes, Deborah, Gothic

Rochman, Hazel and Darlene McCampbell, Leaving Home, Somehow Tenderness Survives:  Stories of Southern Africa

Oates, Joyce Carol, Small Avalanches and Other Stories

O’Brien, Tim The Things They Carried

O’Connor, Flannery, A Good Man Is Hard to Find; Everything That Rises Must Converge


Ortiz Cofer, Judith, An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio

Sieruta, Peter, Heartbeats and Other Stories

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

Skaggs, Calvin, The American Short Story

Smith, Cynthia Leitich, Indian Shoes

Soto, Gary, Local News, Baseball in April and Other Stories

Thomas, Dylan, A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Troncoso, Sergio, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories

Walker, Alice, “Every Day Use”

Warren, Robert Penn and Albert Erskine, Short Story Masterpieces

Welty, Eudora

Wilson, Budge, The Leaving

Wynne-Jones, Tim, Lord of the Fries:  And Other Stories.

Yamamoto, Hisaye, Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories

Young, Cathy, One Hot Second


Otfinoski, Steven.  2005.  Extraordinary Short Story Writing.  New York: Scholastic/Watts.

Short short story          2,000 words

Short story                   2,000-8,000 words

Novella                        8,000-40,000 words

Novel                          50,000 words+

(p. 11)

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Poe

Patricia Highsmith


Otfinoski recommends:

Extraordinary titles (p. 54)

“Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground” by Richard Peck

“The Great Automatic Grammatisator” by Roald Dahl

“There’s a Tomb Waiting for You” by Joan Lowery Nixon

“The Reincarnation of Sweet Lips” by Larry Bograd

“One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts” by Shirley Jackson


Humorous short stories (p. 82)

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

“Priscilla and the Wimps” by Richard Peck

“Who Needs an Aries Ape” by Walter Dean Myers


Mystery short stories (p. 94-95, 96)

“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Man from the South” by Roald Dahl

“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe

“Miss Hinch” by Henry Sydnor Harrison

“Witness for the Prosecution” by Agatha Christie


Suspense stories (p. 97)

“The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

“Man from the South” by Roald Dahl

“Sometimes They Bite” by Lawrence Block


Science fiction (p. 100)

“2001” by Arthur C. Clarke

“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury

“The Feeling of Power” by Isaac Asimov

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin


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