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Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Life Is Short and Then You Die

Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder

edited by Kelley Armstrong

Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
15 to 18
Recommended Grade
10 to 12
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.
And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.
This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.
Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!
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About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Editorial Reviews

"Ample entertainment for young murder-mystery aficionados." —Publishers Weekly
"This anthology may entice teens to expand their mystery reading." —Kirkus Reviews
"An appropriate read for a wide YA audience... a great collection for mystery lovers of all stripes." —Booklist
"A few choice selections... for a spooky readaloud." —The Bulletin
"A broad look at the genre... Engaging... Well written and interesting." —School Library Journal

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