Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, & Anita Roy

 Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, & Anita Roy, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781481470575, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review4

Genre: Fantasy (Anthology)

What did you like about the book? Authors and illustrators from Australia and India combined forces to create an empowering collection of feminist stories.  That summary alone is a lot to live up to, but “Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean” is as beautiful in content as its cover.  Though not every story will appeal to every reader, there is no penalty to skipping to a new story, which will appeal greatly to busy teens.  At less than 200 pages,16 unique tales visit a variety of worlds that showcase friendships, family relationships, and self-love.  Readers who enjoy the introspective nature of short stories will be able to find a favorite here (for me, it was most certainly “Cast Out”).

Anything you didn’t like about it?  As mentioned in the Introduction, many of the selected authors stepped outside of their comfort zone with either the genre of speculative fiction or the idea of collaboration.  Some of these stories exhibit this with a fantastic idea and awkward execution; this is sometimes a symptom of the format of a short story itself, but a star was deducted none-the-less.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who have enjoyed the new wave of strong feminist tales will find this collection just as satisfying (such as the poetry collection “the princess save herself in this one”).  Others partial to the format of short stories (such as “The Curiosities” series) will also enjoy this book.

Who should buy this book? Teen library collections (public and school) in areas where short stories are popular

Where would you shelve it ? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessarily.  This format will not appeal to all, but a flip through some of the stories may be a fun treat.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewMarch 25, 2017

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