On the Fringe: Stories

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In every school at every grade, there's a pecking order among students-an in crowd and those outside it, who are often ridiculed mercilessly for the "crime" of being different. This powerful anthology explores the teen outsider experience in electrifying, never-before-published stories by eleven of today's most acclaimed YA authors. A tomboy finds the relief of self-expression through her music, while in another tale a relentless bully tests the faith of an intensely religious girl. A cheerleader discovers that ...
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Overview

In every school at every grade, there's a pecking order among students-an in crowd and those outside it, who are often ridiculed mercilessly for the "crime" of being different. This powerful anthology explores the teen outsider experience in electrifying, never-before-published stories by eleven of today's most acclaimed YA authors. A tomboy finds the relief of self-expression through her music, while in another tale a relentless bully tests the faith of an intensely religious girl. A cheerleader discovers that the true soul of her school can't be found within the cool clique; a football player finally stands up for a harassed fellow student; and a boy watches in horror as the school "freak" marches into his classroom with a loaded rifle.

Offering insights into popularity and peer pressure, nonconformity and persecution, acceptance and hate, these riveting, provocative tales will leave readers thinking and start them talking.

Stories by:

Joan Bauer
Alden R. Carter
Chris Crutcher
Jack GantosAngela Johnson
M. E. Kerr
Ron Koertge
Francess Lantz
Graham Salisbury
Will Weaver
Nancy Werlin
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In his introduction, Gallo writes that authors were invited to write short stories about teenagers who do not fit in, the "weirdos, geeks, nerds, freaks, faggots, and worse" for this collection. These epithets represent teens ostracized by their peers at school and misunderstood by society in general. Gallo hopes that readers will gain "greater understanding and tolerance of others" by reading the stories, which are both engaging and thought provoking. In Nancy Werlin's Shortcut, readers learn that there is unity in strength, even for the outcasts. Jack Gantos's inspired writing offers a glimpse into a unique mind in Muzak for Prozac. Angela Johnson's Through a Window shows the heartrending consequences of a best friend's suicide. WWJD by Bill Weaver is a chilling account of what even a meek and mild pariah can do when pushed. Graham Salisbury's Mrs. Noonan and Alden R. Carter's Satyagraha provide two distinctive, incisive views of revenge. Perhaps the most affecting story is Guns for Geeks by Chris Crutcher, who tells a horrific account of a school shooting evocative of Columbine. The eleven stories in this anthology are all noteworthy, expertly written by prize-winning authors. Running the gamut from poignant to disturbing, they effectively portray the lives of disenfranchised teenagers. Any selection would serve as an excellent basis for discussion. Some strong language and violence suggest this book for students in grade seven and above. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Dial, 240p, .Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Kids who are geeks, unathletic, poor, emotionally fragile, loners, or unattractive by current standards form the heart of this collection of exceptional stories by well-known YA authors such as Joan Bauer, Chris Crutcher, and M. E. Kerr. Inspired by the events at Columbine High School, the authors pondered what sorts of heartbreak could cause teens to react so powerfully and violently, and how being isolated and shut out of high school groups could tear down the fragile walls of self-esteem, making vulnerable individuals snap and cause massive destruction. The result is a compilation of short stories from the point of view of those tormented, and those who view others being bullied and how their perceptions change as they examine the situations. While all the stories are excellent, Jack Gantos's "Muzak for Prozac" is an exceptional example of the fragile balance that one teen struggles to maintain through the use of mood-stabilizing chemicals. A must-buy for all libraries.-Susan Riley, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142500262
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 271,223
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 6.73 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

On the Fringe Acknowledgments
Introduction

Greeks Bearing Gifts
Ron Koertge

Great Expectations
M. E. Kerr

Shortcut
Nancy Werlin

Through a Window
Angela Johnson

Muzak for Prozac
Jack Gantos

Standing on the Roof Naked
Francess Lantz

Mrs. Noonan
Graham Salisbury

WWJD
Will Weaver

Satyagraha
Alden R. Carter

A Letter from the Fringe
Joan Bauer

Guns for Geeks
Chris Crutcher

Resources
About the Editor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

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    I am a sophomore at Clinton-Massie. Our English class had to choose a novel to read and I chose On the Fringe. This is an awesome book, but very depressing! I love the fact that these authors chose to write short stories about real circumstances, But it is hard not to cry when there are people in your stories that are getting killed and picked on even though it is just fictional. I would recommend this book to any student that can comprehend violence and bullying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    If I could give it more stars I would.

    This book was amazing. I recommend this book to everyone. I got so caught up in the stories that I was mad when they ended.I wanted to here more about the characters and what happens to them. I am sure every one else who has read this book would feel the same way. Some will aslo agree when I say that I can relate to those characters. This book was great.

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