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VOYAThese twenty-six stories are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, but always gripping, first-person accounts of the pressures that teens face in a world where being different can mean getting teased, getting beaten up, or even having one's life threatened. Youth Communication, a New York organization dedicated to teaching writing, journalism, and leadership skills adds these essays to previous collections including Fighting the Monster: Teens Write About Confronting Emotional Challenges and Getting Help (Youth Communication, 2004) and The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices From the Foster Care System (Persea, 1996/VOYA August 1996). Educators for Social Responsibility, a group that teaches teens to resolve conflicts peacefully, helped choose the stories. Questions following each chapter provide direction for discussion or journaling but otherwise add little to the work as a whole. The value lies in reading what real teens write about learning to respect themselves and others who are different, learning to respond nonviolently in conflicts, and being willing to share their own mistakes and flaws. Author blurbs accompany each essay, revealing some college and career choices; Youth Communication has lost touch with other authors. An index and topical guide to the essays make finding specific themes a snap, and a wealth of further reading and information is good but lacks the Internet resources that many teens might turn to. An available leader's guide might make this book a valuable tool for group work in conflict resolution, but teens wanting the comfort of shared experiences will find the book alone a compelling read. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable withoutserious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Free Spirit, 160p.; Glossary. Index. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.