Toil & Trouble

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General Info

Series: none (anthology)
Genre: YA contemporary, fantasy, short stories
Release Date: August 28, 2018 (hardcover)

Synopsis

Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.

A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, with stories by: Brandy Colbert, Zoraida Córdova, Andrea Cremer, Kate Hart, Emery Lord, Elizabeth May, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Tess Sharpe, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley, Shveta Thakrar, & Brenna Yovanoff


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Praise for Toil & Trouble

 the collective impact is undeniably resounding, and the particularly strong back half will leave readers more than a little bewitched themselves.
Booklist (starred review)

 ★ this powerful and diverse collection is perfect for fans of female-led fantasy stories. No damsels in distress to be found here. Kirkus (starred review)