To Hold The Bridge by Garth Nix, 400 pages
“An entertaining short-story collection from bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix, including an Old Kingdom novella, a short story set in the same world as Shade's Children, and another story set in the world of A Confusion of Princes. Garth Nix is renowned for his legendary fantasy works, but To Hold the Bridge showcases his versatility as the collection offers nineteen short stories from every genre of literature including science fiction, paranormal, realistic fiction, mystery, and adventure. Whether writing about vampires, detectives, ancient spirits, or odd jobs, Garth Nix's ability to pull his readers into new worlds is extraordinary.” Fantastic stories. I love most of what Nix has written and this is high on the list of my favorites. I really enjoyed all but a couple of these stories and even the ones I didn’t like as well were worth reading. This is a definite pick for teens who like science fiction and fantasy.