School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-This anthology focuses on the American experiences of ethnic teens. The hero of one funny story is a half-Japanese, half-Polish rapper; another features a budding Vietnamese pitcher with the unfortunate name Ngo Huynh Phuong (No Win Fong). These selections cover the full range of teenage concerns, from finding friends to doing well on the SATs to troubles with romance and parents. Gallo solicited stories by foreign-born authors, and much of their work has an autobiographical ring and conveys real feelings. Other pieces were written by authors whose previous novels have treated ethnic minorities sensitively, most notably Linda Crew's story of a Cambodian girl's struggle with the idea of an arranged marriage. Several of the entries, while affecting, are awkwardly written or didactic, but overall the quality is very good.-Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
Chris ShermanTeachers and librarians searching for multicultural materials for young adults will want this. Many books are available about teenagers in their native lands; fewer address the problems that contemporary teens of other ethnic backgrounds have living in the U.S. Using his now familiar formula (prominent YA authors are asked to write a story for a themed collection), editor Gallo has produced another appealing work. Many of the writers here are members of the ethnic group they have written about; four were immigrants to the U.S.; and three--Linda Crew, Alden Carter, and Elsa Marston--have close ties to the groups they're concerned with in their stories. The 17 stories cross the boundaries of race and culture and probe the universal themes of belonging, acceptance, family, and friendship. All are good, but Crew's "Bride Price," featuring Sundara and her aunt from the novel "Children of the River", T. Ernesto Bethancourt's "Blues for Bob E. Brown," Minfong Ho's "Winter Hibiscus," and Rita Williams-Garcia's "Into the Game" are particularly provocative.
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