I'm giving this collection five stars! Don't think I've ever done that before. After I finished the last story, I sighed because it was over, waited a couple minutes, and then flipped back to the first story and started all over again. Wonderful collection, and not just for young adult readers, either.
From back cover:
Here is National Book Award winner Ursula K. Le Guin with a tale of wizardry from the world of her Earthsea books. Here is Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game, with the original story of Prentice Alvin in alternate, magical nineteenth-century America. Here is Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley with a tale of an exiled princess's quest to regain her people. Here is Sandman author Neil Gaiman with a story of chivalry, with a distinctly modern twist. Here are werewolves and princesses, battles and enchantments, and great stories from Jane Yolen, Harry Turtledove, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, and more.Whimsical or harrowing, irreverent or sublime, each of these stories is an adventure in imagination. Journey from the here and now to New Magics.
Excellent short stories by Neil Gaiman, Ellen Kushner, Susan Palwick, Harry Turtledove, Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, Jane Yolen, Charles de Lint, Andy Duncan, Sherwood Smith, Emma Bull, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Orson Scott Card.