Julie Schumacher

A friend's collection of mystery stories by Minnesota authors sparked this collection of short stories for young readers.  Editors Jay Peterson and Collette Morgan discovered, too, that just because a reader is young doesn't mean they're not thinking about what they read.

Sky Blue Water includes a Q&A between kids and the contributing authors, as well as discussion and writing prompts for classrooms or book groups.

The back-of-the-jacket blurb says "Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing ... his life ... is revealed in series of hilarious letters of recommendation ... each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits and passive-aggressive strategies."

But all you really need to know is that, amidst the tragedy and angst of the last week or so, this is just exactly the book you need to read.