Happy Monday, friends! Today is an incredibly exciting day on Pop! Goes The Reader as I have the honour of hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Sangu Mandanna’s forthcoming young adult anthology, Color Outside The Lines! Back in 2012 I was lucky enough to discover a copy of Sangu’s debut novel, The Lost Girl, on the shelves at my local bookstore, and I immediately fell in love with the world and characters she had created within it. Many years and hundreds of books later, I still fondly remember it as one of the most creative, exciting and special young adult novels I’ve ever had the privilege of reading, and I can’t encourage you strongly enough to track down a copy to read if you haven’t had a chance to do so already. Given my love for Sangu’s debut, you can therefore likely imagine how thrilled I was when I was asked to host the cover reveal for Sangu’s latest project, a beautifully diverse, inclusive, empowering collection of stories about characters in love. In addition to its absolutely charming cover (Please give me ALL OF THE HAND-HOLDING!), Color Outside The Lines has such an incredible, tremendously talented list of contributors and I can’t wait to read each and every story in this collection.
About Sangu Mandanna
Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. She now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids. Sangu is the author of The Lost Girl, A Spark of White Fire and more.
This anthology is very close to my heart and it’s one I’m so, so proud of. The amazingly talented authors involved have written the most gorgeous stories and the incredible team at Soho Teen have designed a cover that really brings this collection to life. I love everything about it: the colours, the text, the hands (those HANDS!) I hope readers fall in love with this cover and with the stories inside, just as I have.
Title Color Outside The Lines
Editor Sangu Mandanna
Contributors Adam Silvera, Samira Ahmed, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Danielle Paige, Eric Smith, Sangu Mandanna, Elsie Chapman, Anna-Marie McLemore, Lauren Gibaldi, Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker, Lori M. Lee, Caroline Tung Richmond, Karuna Riazi, L.L. McKinney, Tara Sim, Lydia Kang
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date November 2019 by Soho Teen
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This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of relationships where differences are front and center. Featuring stories about Chinese ghost pirates, colonial India, a female Hades, Black vigilantes, a flower festival and so much more, Color Outside The Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful characters in love.