Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small Town America


Look for “The (Unhealthy) Breakfast Club” in this anthology of short stories about growing up rural. The collection challenges the stereotype of a monolithic rural America and explores the complexity, beauty, and nuances of growing up in small communities

Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9781536212105
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An NPR Best Book of 2020
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Country Living
Magazine Front Porch Book Club Pick

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Reviews and Praise:

“The strength of the collection is how well it demonstrates the universality of themes such as belonging, family struggles, grief, the desire for individual growth, the meaning of home, and challenging injustice…A fresh and highly accessible contribution.” ~Kirkus Reviews

With carefully curated precision spanning poetry, comic, and prose, this anthology turns the spotlight on young adults living in rural areas of the United States. Providing an impactful opening is Monica M. Roe’s “The (Unhealthy) Breakfast Club,” highlighting the unlikely friendship among four scholarship students from below the poverty line at an elite school in South Carolina.” ~Publisher’s Weekly