We have a winner!

It was no easy feat, but we chose a winner for our IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY scary story contest.

The winning submission is...

Don't Blink by Daniel Backal

Daniel's psychological thriller left us chilled to the bone! We aren't posting it here, but keep your eyes peeled (ha!) for it in the next issue of Bridges, our teen and literary zine.

Congratulations, Daniel!


Staff Pick: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

From Amazon:

Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole—and now she’s pregnant.
     Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship—and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.
     So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother—assuming they get back to Earth in one piece. 

Pick it: for the snarky narrator Elvie, whose ability to be sardonic without ever sounding bitter or cruel reminds us a lot of another famous fictitious pregnant teen, Juno MacGuff.

Skip it: if you can't get on board (see what we did there?) with the far-fetched premise. To fully enjoy being in Elvie's world, you have to be able to suspend your disbelief.

Pair with: The Pregnancy Project: a memoir by Gaby Rodriguez, a teenage "pregnancy" story that is almost as outrageous as Mothership but 100% true.

Reviewed by: Melissa