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Destination Unexpected: Short Stories

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"Enlightening, relevant, and expertly compiled . . . this anthology will leave a lasting impression." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A Bank Street College Recommended Teen Book

A Children's Literature Choice List Title
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Candlewick Press (first published 2003)
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
short stories of small, life-changing events that help the main character discover more about their identity
Richie Partington
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
10 January 2003 DESTINATION UNEXPECTED: Short Stories edited by Donald R. Gallo, Candlewick Press, May 2003 (0-7636-1764-4)

"Nice pipes. Have you ever done radio?"

So asked the woman to whom our hostess had just introduced me. It was a New Year's Day party hosted by Allo's parents, Allo being a witty young man who we've known for years. (He played Bobby in our production of The Misfits last spring, and won't get to read this review for a while, since he is presently on a plane to Scotland to visit
Melody Savage
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am sold on using short stories to explore an author or genre briefly before committing to a longer work! I read all of the short stories in Destination Unexpected. Not only did I find new authors but I quickly found distinct and different qualities among many writers in a short period of time.
Teens can enjoy some good stories while experimenting with different genres and authors whose styles may attract new readers to their longer pieces. It would also be a good way for teen English classes t
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
These were delightful and delicious short stories - there could have been more. I picked it up because I'm reading many things by Margaret Haddix and she is included in this collection. Her story "My People" was much different from the dark and dystopian world of Among the Hidden - that alone was cool, knowing she has depth and variety.

The first story "Something Old, Something New", reminded me of the fairy tale theme where a young man goes on a journey and encounters three beings (sometimes pe
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, top-rated
I actually put off reading this book for a really long time becaue I've never really liked short stories.
I mean what's the point of wasting your time on something that is only like 40 pages and you won't even remember.
However. I'm very glad I read this collection of short stories.
I actually only picked up the book for the short story by Margaret Peterson Haddix, but I really liked all of them. Even though hers was really well written and really good, I think the one before hers was really touchi
Julie Leung
Dec 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Donald R. Gallo does a commendable job in creating a genuine character. My favorite short story out of Gallo's, "Destination Unexpected" is Margaret Peterson Haddix's, "My People", because one virtue that this narrative carries that differs from the rest of the tales is that the reader can relate to its protagonist. I can acknowledge how Lindley feels about being surrounded by different people of different statuses in an unfamiliar place.

Lindley's situation reminds me of my own, when I first wal
Crystal Spearing
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was good, I like short stories because they have different point of views. This books was filled with short stories about destination of young teens. I can relate to the teens in this book because I too don't know my destination. This book gave me a look about what I want my future to be, and how the struggles can get in the away of destination. I love the plots and themes of the stories. The theme were mainly misunderstanding among teens. It seems like nowadays teens are misunderstood ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am sad to report that this book turned out to be… just okay. I love anthologies and expected a lot from this one but somehow, this book fell short. There WERE fun times, like stories that seemed based on or weaved from teen romcoms that a lot of people/readers enjoy, and quite touching moments, like those stories about self-discovery and travelling, but at the end, the overall impact remained to be just—as in everybody’s favorite one-word text reply—“K.”
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
It's a nice collection of meaningful short stories for a teen audience, especially younger teens. I'm a little past the care, largely due to age and experience, of some of the themes, but it is a good collection for its intended audience.
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Short stories about teens learning something surprising along the way, on journeys real and metaphorical. Especially good: “Something Old, Something New,” by Joyce Sweeney; “The Kiss in the Carryon Bag, by Richard Peck; and “Mosquito,” by Graham Salisbury.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult-club
still don't like short stories!
Jun 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: short-stories
Although students can relate and find hope and solace in the stories, it's not the best way to spend an afternoon reading through these ten short stories.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting stories. Good for monologue pieces.
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Short stories compliation by today's best teen authors-wonderful
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A book of short stories by some well-known authors. Most were very good. I've never really looked for short stories & this was a pleasant surprise.
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Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Solid, interesting. YA stories about life taking you places you didn't expect
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"Stories about journeys have interested readers since the beginning of language," says Donald R. Gallo of DESTINATION UNEXPECTED, his critically acclaimed anthology of short stories by prominent writers of young adult fiction. "Arriving at the destination is the goal, certainly, but the experiences during the journey itself are what transform the character. The most important experiences are often ...more
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