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Starting with I

Starting with I

by Youth Communication, Philip Kay (Editor), Andrea Estepa (Editor)

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VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
This collection of essays written by teenagers was originally published in Youth Connections, a magazine by young writers in New York. All of the essays are about deeply personal issues these young people have faced in their lives: AIDS, racism, sexual assault, homosexuality, child abuse, and immigration. The essays are organized into five categories: Close to Home-Essays About Family; Where I'm From-Essays About Places; It's Not Black and White-Essays About Race and Culture; He Said, She Said-Essays About Gender and Sexuality; and Becoming Who I Am-Essays About Choices. In the last chapter, six of the young authors share their ideas about the writing process. A subject guide and an index to the essays also are included. The intent of the editors is to get young people to look at their lives from a different perspective, and to encourage them to write about their lives in order to better understand themselves and the world around them. The introduction discusses the essay as a writing form and goes into some detail about the writing process. This and the advice from the young writers in the last chapter could be put to good use in high school writing classes. Students would enjoy reading the essays for the insight they give into the lives of other young people. Index. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpThese essays are impressive in their candor and poignancy. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, often brutally honest, the teens write about their lives and their surroundings in a series of short pieces covering family, race and culture, sexuality, violence, and basic soul searching. These selections originally appeared in a magazine called New Youth Connectionsa marvelous empowering tool for young people to explore their feelings through writingpublished by Youth Communication, a New York City nonprofit organization. Estepa and Kay seem to have a particular affinity toward the writings of young people and, through Youth Communication, have guided these gifted youngsters to experiment with and fine tune their skills. The result is a rich and varied collection with themes to which teens from all kinds of backgrounds will be able to relate. An inspiration to aspiring young authors and a great addition to any YA collection.Helen Rosenberg, St. Scholastica High School, Chicago, IL

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6.16(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.87(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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