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Heart Knows Something Different

Heart Knows Something Different

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by Youth Communication

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The ALAN Review - Nicholas J. Karolides
The voices are compelling. These teenagers reveal the nature of their lives by opening the shutters to their past - their family experiences with neglect, desertion, brutality, and death; life inside the system; efforts to define their identity. The concluding section focuses on their aspirations for the future. Deeply personal, the entries express the pain and dislocation of separation, the rage at the brutality visited upon them, the despair at not being cared for. Also portrayed are the coping and fortitude, the joy of finding acceptance, self-worth and love. The group and foster homes are revealed through their eyes. Some writers offer advice to the system's staff for improvements; many express gratitude to individuals. These writers speak to their peers, inside and outside, with words of encouragement and eloquence that emanate from the immediacy and sensitivity of their statements. This book offers rich grist for the mill of secondary school classroom and personal discussion. 1996, Persea Books,
School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpFor the teens who contributed to this volume, the journey to adulthood has been particularly arduous, because they are all participants in the foster-care system. The 57 essays are divided into four sections. The first deals with the individual situations responsible for a child's placement in foster care. Next come pieces on living in that system. The third section deals with self-awareness, and the last looks to the future. Some of the stories are told with humor, some with anger, and many with pain, but all resonate with unflinching honesty. Whether the teen is a runaway, an orphan to AIDS or drugs, or a victim of abuse, each has had to work through his or her own situation. What is clearly missing from all of the writings is any trace of self-pity, although many of the young people express regret or even remorse for their past lives. But a strong sense of individual purpose permeates the book and, according to the notes at the end of each essay, the contributors have been successful in turning their lives around. The problems and issues the writers express are universal, and their courage will touch the hearts of all.Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC

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Persea Books
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6.31(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.99(d)
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13 Years

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