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No Such Thing as the Real World
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No Such Thing as the Real World
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Graduation from high school?

A senior thesis?

A betrayal by someone you love?

A loss of innocence?

The death of a parent?

Losing the family you always wished you had?

Facing a harsh reality?

What's the line that separates childhood from the "real world"? And what happens when it's nothing you imagined it would be?

Do you want to be a published author?

The editors at HarperCollins invite you to submit a short story about a character who has to face the "real world" for the first time. The story must involve a single, life-changing event. First prize is the opportunity to be published alongside your favorite authors in the paperback edition of the No Such Thing as the Real World collection. All stories must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, and all contributing authors must be between fourteen and nineteen years old.

Graduation from high school?

A senior thesis?

A betrayal by someone you love?

A loss of innocence?

The death of a parent?

Losing the family you always wished you had?

Facing a harsh reality?

What's the line that separates childhood from the "real world"? And what happens when it's nothing you imagined it would be?

Do you want to be a published author?

The editors at HarperCollins invite you to submit a short story about a character who has to face the "real world" for the first time. The story must involve a single, life-changing event. First prize is the opportunity to be published alongside your favorite authors in the paperback edition of the No Such Thing as the Real World collection. All stories must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, and all contributing authors must be between fourteen and nineteen years old.

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  • Text Difficulty:
    7 - 12

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  • Chapter One

    The flickering streetlamp outside the window casts a tangerine glow in the small bedroom. The unsteady light pushes past the venetian blinds, throws trembling horizontal stripes on the empty beige walls. The shadows stretch up to the ceiling, where, taped over the bed, there is a slightly skewed poster of paradise: blinding white sand, flat stretch of blue-green crystal water, and the lone couple walking far in the distance. The vision circumscribes each day like bookends.

    In the corner, near an open door that leads to a dark hallway, a small makeup mirror sits squarely in the middle of a desk. Pencils and pens pushed aside. A chemistry textbook balances precariously on the corner. The pages of a returned English short story marked with heavy underlinings and bold exclamation points litter the floor. Amid all the clutter, Fay leans forward and bows her head to the mirror as if readying for prayer. Without blinking, without a single tremor in her hand, she draws the black eyeliner along the moist pink edge of her lower lid.

    A phone rings in the distance. An older woman holding a baby against her hip walks into the hallway and turns on the light. She sets the baby on the floor and answers the phone. The baby is drawn to the light of the mirror, crawling quickly down the hall. Fay's eyes flicker toward the movement. She reaches out with her foot. And kicks shut the door.

About the Author-
  • M. T. Anderson is the critically acclaimed author of many picture books and novels, including Feed, which was a National Book Award finalist, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party, which won a National Book Award and was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2009
    Gr 9 Up-Six contemporary YA authors showcase their creative talents and good writing. M. T. Anderson's "The Projection" is a mind-blowing drama set in improvisational theater. The emotionally charged situation shifts to a complex illusion of what is real and what is an act. A staged relationship is played out and a mind game is replayed, unwound, and rewound in the present, past, and future. An Na's "Complication" is a disturbing story of a rape victim and single mother's scheme to target and extort money from her attacker's relative. Trying to redeem his brother's crime by showing tenderness and concern, the good brother strives toward resolution, but Fay has her own ideas and needs to be free. Beth Kephart's "The Longest Distance" addresses the deceased's best friend and teen suicide. The narrator is sad, confused, and desperate to answer the age-old question, "Why?" Other contributors include K. L. Going, Chris Lynch, and Jacqueline Woodson. This unique collection will challenge students' intellect and have them questioning their own decision-making skills. A fine balance is straddled between sophisticated prose and authentic teen voices, uninhibited and peppered with profanity."Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY"

    Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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