Cassandra is hassled by her friends for sitting with the “wrong” kids at lunch. Jennifer gets harassed because she’s overweight. Dwan’s own family taunts her for not being “black enough.” Yen is teased for being Chinese; Jamel for not smoking marijuana. Yet all find the strength to face their conflicts and the courage to be themselves. In 26 first-person stories, real teens write about their lives with searing honesty. They will inspire young readers to reflect on their own lives, work through their problems, and learn who they really are.
About the Author
Al Desetta, M.A., is an editor at Youth Communication, a New York-based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens.
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to make teaching social responsibility a core practice in education so that young people develop the convictions and skills to shape a safe, sustainable, democratic, and just world.
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The Courage to Be Yourself: True Stories by Teens about Cliques, Conflicts, and Overcoming Peer Pressure based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The title of this book pretty much says it all. These stories were written by teens who were part of a youth journalism progran and chosen with help from Educators for Social Responsiblity, a group of experts in teaching teens about resolving conflicts peacefully. Reading straight through, this book gets a little redundant; most of the stories are about accepting or being accepted by others in spite of your differences, and the style of writing varied little from story to story. While it may be helpful to individual teens who are facing these issues, this book would be more useful in a classroom or group counseling setting. Two or three questions for discussion follow each story.