Sixteen educators and education writers grapple with the wide range of variables that kids experience as they move through adolescence. The contributors present perspectives on how issues such as race, gender, class, and ability interact with and affect adolescent development, supported by research, testimonials, and personal experiences. Sadowski introduces the topic in "Why Identity Matters in School" and draws some conclusions in "From Understanding to Action." Articles on race include prejudice, of course, but also problems encountered by "model" minorities (like Asians); an increasing percentage of mixed races searching for "an identity"; and the stigma of being a "perpetual foreigner," a common situation for Hispanic students, particularly, whether born in the U.S. or not. Gender issues range from male/female differences, male aggression, homophobia, and the school's role in the development and treatment of sexual minorities. Less space is devoted to social and economic issues and students with varied disabilities, but the incredibly complex and inextricable interaction of all of these elements, often in the same human being, dramatizes the problems our kids encounter. You won't find any major surprises, nor will you find anything so definitive as to alter what educators have been stressing for years about tolerance and identity, but you will have an interesting and well documented read that will support much of what it is hoped you are already doing.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.