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“It has always been my intent to publish collections of short stories that are lively, entertaining, insightful, and of high quality—new stories, not ones selected from previously published sources—about teenage activities and concerns, written by the most highly respected writers in the field of literature for young people.”—Donald R. Gallo

Don Gallo is the recipient of the ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature, as well as several other state honors and awards.


Donald R. Gallo is an adjunct instructor of education at Cleveland State University. He retired from Central Connecticut State University where, as a professor of English for 24 years, he taught courses in literature for young adults, intermediate composition, and writing for teachers. Prior to that, he was a reading specialist in Jefferson County, Colorado, and a professor at the Denver Center of the University of Colorado.

Dr. Gallo has been president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN), vice-chair of the Conference on English Education, a trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation, a member of the NCTE Editorial Board, and an editor of the Connecticut English Journal.

The American Library Association named Donald R. Gallo’s first edited short story collection, Sixteen, one of the 100 Best Books for Young Adults published in the past 25 years, and a survey of librarians published in VOYA selected Gallo’s Join In as the best anthology of 1993.

Gallo’s publication No Easy Answers is an anthology of 16 original short stories about moral and ethical issues, written by award-winning authors of young adult novels, and Time Capsule features 10 stories by award-winning authors that explore a different decade of the 20th century through the eyes of teens with concerns and emotions similar to those of young adults today.



“The stories are smoothly connected and insightfully introduced by succinct historic prefaces, giving readers new ways to explore their heritage.”—Starred, Publishers Weekly

“In Gallo’s new thematic anthology, 10 of today’s best YA writers contribute clever, captivating short stories that span the twentieth century and run the gamut of historical perspectives and tones.”—Booklist

“Superb . . . Sixteen should find a place in every young adult collection.”—Starred, School Library Journal

“This superb collection should have instant appeal to most teens.”—Starred, School Library Journal

Short Circuits will interest horror aficionados and lure readers who are not usually attracted to the genre.”—School Library Journal

“Teachers and librarians searching for multicultural materials for young adults will want this.”—Booklist

“Diverse, thought-provoking, and consistently well-written.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A terrific mix of the serious and the lighthearted, female and male characters, and traditional and nontraditional games. A winning collection.”—Starred, School Library Journal

Author Bookshelf

Join In

By: Donald R. Gallo

Here are seventeen original short stories that reflect young adults' views on friendships and prejudice, expectations and disappointments, and connections and confrontations.

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No Easy Answers

By: Donald R. Gallo

This anthology features stories about individuals who find themselves in situations that test their strength of character. They are called upon to make moral choices, face the consequences of their actions,...


By: Donald R. Gallo

Here are sixteen representative stories for the  eighties, written especially for this collection by  today's best-known writers for teenagers. Their  impressions radiate...

Ultimate Sports

By: Donald R. Gallo

A knockout collection of 16 original stories featuring young adults playing basketball and football, running track and cross-country, and training for the triathlon. Challenges abound in water sports, racquetball...


By: Donald R. Gallo


Nineteen superb stories by today's best-known authors of young adult novels, coming together to create a window of the mind, a vision illuminating the joys and sorrows of young people.