The Color of Absence: 12 Stories About Loss and Hope

“In adolescence we feel our losses as if for the first time, with a greater depth of pain and drama than we are aware of having experienced ever before,” says James Howe in his introduction to this stunning collection of short stories in which some of today's most celebrated authors of fiction for young adults explore the many faces of loss—the common thread they share and the hope that is born through change. 

You're Not a Winner Unless Your Picture's in the Paper • Avi
Red Seven • C.b. Christiansen
Enchanted Night • James Howe
Atomic Blue Pieces • Angela Johnson
Summer of Love • Annette Curtis Klause
The Tin Butterfly • Norma Fox Mazer
Season's End • Walter Dean Myers
Shoofly Pie • Naomi Shihab Nye
The Fire Pond • Michael J. rosen
What Are You Good At? • Roderick Townley
Chair • Virginia Euwer Wolff
The Rialto • Jacqueline Woodson and Chris Lynch