Feral Youth (Hardcover)

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Ten troubled teens are dropped in the middle of the woods and required to find their way back home as a way to rehabilitate them. In the process, they are each invited to tell a story to win a cash prize. In an eclectic range of stories, from one inspired by the Three Little Pigs to another about a character’s addiction to fire, the authors offer an honest depiction of teenage angst. 

— Zoe S., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board

Feral Youth is a thrilling anthology with fascinating stories from 9 different YA authors. It follows a group of delinquent teens who have been sent away to experience a program called Zeppelin Bend. There, they are supposed to learn different lessons through outdoor activities, including being stranded in the wild together. When one of the campers offers one hundred dollars to whoever can tell the best story, everyone is desperate to win. With a variation of short stories encompassing many different genres, Feral Youth is the stunning and intriguing work of nine of the best young adult authors, including Shaun David Hutchinson, Suzanne Young, Marieke Nijkamp, and others. 

— Maya Q., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board

With three days to return to their camp, the teens at Zeppelin Bend, a camp for troubled youth, are forced to work together to complete the challenge set for them. Instructed by a fellow camper to tell a story to win cash, all contribute a short story or two to form this novel about life as a part of the feral youth. Some stories are magical, some are rebellious, and some tell the plain truth. With this combination of themes, Shaun David Hutchinson and nine other authors create an honest, fascinating perspective on teens, life, and human nature.

— Arden H., Tattered Cover Teen Advisory Board


Ten teens are left alone in the wilderness during a three-day survival test in this multi-authored novel edited by award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson.

At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come all walks of life, and were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They've just spent nearly two weeks hiking, working, learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they'll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive.

Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, the characters in Feral Youth, each complex and damaged in their own ways, are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.

About the Author

Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, We Are the Ants, and At the Edge of the Universe. Other contributing authors include Suzanne Young, Marieke Nijkamp, Robin Talley, Stephanie Kuehn, E.C. Myers, Tim Floreen, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Justina Ireland, and Brandy Colbert.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781481491112
ISBN-10: 1481491113
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English