Eric Smith and Lauren Gibaldi at Writer's Block Bookstore

Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of contributors includes: Adi Alsaid, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Caela Carter, Libby Cudmore, Dave Connis, Julie Eshbaugh, Helene Dunbar, Lauren Gibaldi, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon Parker, C.J. Redwine, Randy Ribay, William Ritter, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, Eric Smith, Courtney C. Stevens, Nic Stone, Kate Watson, and Tristina Wright.

"The best [stories in this anthology], reflect the bittersweet truths that adoptive families differ profoundly from biological ones and that coming to terms with these differences is a lifelong process." —Kirkus Reviews

"Authors across a variety of genres share stories that range from the fantastical to gritty, but all will touch readers’ hearts (and cause a few to shed some tears)."—School Library Journal

"This volume earns a place in every YA library and it is up to YA librarians to put it into the hands of teens who need it most." —VOYA

"The stories are uniformly strong, ensuring that teens and discussion leaders alike will find ample choices in this thoughtful collection."—Booklist

["A] diverse tapestry of tales exploring adoption from every angle." —BNTeenblog

Eric Smith is a young adult author and literary agent who grew up in the wilds of New Jersey. When he isn't working on books (his and other peoples), he can be found writing about books for places like Book Riot and Paste Magazine. He lives with his wife, Nena, and their legion of small furry animals. Find him online at or on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks.

Join us Saturday, October 21 to welcome Eric Smith and local author Lauren Gibaldi to the store.

Event date: 

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

124 E. Welbourne Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
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ISBN: 9781635830040
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Published: Flux - September 5th, 2017

A unique anthology featuring adoption-themed fictional short stories from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink, Katherine Tegen Books, 2013), Adi Alsaid (Let’s Get Lost, Harlequin Teen, 2014), Lauren Gibaldi (The Night We Said Yes, Harper Teen, 2015), and many more. 

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ISBN: 9780062302236
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Published: Harper Teen - June 14th, 2016

Maude decides to search for more information about her birth mother, she finds out more than she expected. Family. It's always been a loaded word for Maude, whose birth mother died after giving her up for adoption.Maude is an amateur photographer, and the theme of photography is deftly woven throughout the book, beginning with the one piece of her mother that Maude does have-a photograph. Bennett is an adorable college boy who helps Maude with her search.

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ISBN: 9780062302205
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Published: Harper Teen - June 14th, 2016

Ella and Matt have the sweetest, most perfect relationship…until a secret sweeps Matt away, leaving Ella heartbroken. A year later, the two reunite and relive the night they met, and they realize they can't live without each other.