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Grade 8 Up-Based on a survey that the teenaged author created and sent out across America while she was a member of Teen People's News Team, this book examines the role of labels and cliques in teen lives. Her survey is included. Muharrar defines labels in general, discusses how they develop, and talks about the most common categories into which teens lump themselves and others, e.g., geek, indie, goth, and numerous racial slurs. There are lots of good suggestions for dealing with the names one is called and how to break the habit of labeling. Well planned and well executed, the text allows readers to really "hear" other teens weigh in on the subject. Self-evaluation tools are scattered throughout. Muharrar has created a compelling book for young people searching for meaning in a label-driven society. Readers will find both acceptance and guidance in her thought-provoking offering.
Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-12. A high-school valedictorian in 2002, Muharrar surveyed teens throughout the country to compile this accessible, informative study of the destructive effects of stereotyping peers. Her introductory survey shows how easy it is to make assumptions based upon young people's looks, interests, clothing, and friends. Many quotations from teens (credited only by gender and age) show how common labeling is and how sexist it can be. Occasional thought bubbles contribute intriguing statistics, and "Try It" activities, though directed at teens, can be adapted by teachers who want to tackle this issue in group settings. A separate chapter on slurs and hate words covers racism, homophobia, and prejudice against religious groups and the disabled. The enthusiastic, conversational tone will make the compassionate message very acceptable to teen readers, who are given much to think about as well as ways on how to respond to the cliques that exist in most high schools. Roger Leslie
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,522,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must read for everyones list.
Sean Collins
Teen author Aisha Muharrar does an outstanding job in making one stop and think of all the times we, as individuals, label each other and why!
Shirley Priscilla Johnson
My mom had me read this book for her since she might be selling it in her store.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "stephthepoplover" on July 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
My mom had me read this book for her since she might be selling it in her store. I'm one of those people that doesn't go with the crowd & my friends are the same way. This book has a really great message in it and I agree with pretty much everything she says. I bet if every high school person read this book, I bet they'd have a better understanding that labels aren't everything. This book is really good & I'd recommend it to pretty much every teenager on the planet!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I suppose I must be a teen at heart because I truly enjoyed this book, "More Than a Label." Teen author Aisha Muharrar does an outstanding job in making one stop and think
of all the times we, as individuals, label each other and why!

Giving teens input from their peers, the author shares a survey that more than 1,000 teens from across America took part in, as they explored labeling and what it meant to them. How they felt being labeled a Geek, Freak, Jock, just to name a few. Quite an eye opener!

She breaks her book down into three parts:
"What's in a Label?", "How Labels Make People Feel.", and "What You Can Do About Labeling." In each section she tells others experiences, asks the reader questions and
interacts with you, the reader. Very good job at making one think about what they are reading!

I not only recommend this for teens, but feel adults would benefit from this read, as well. After all, do we stop labeling because we turn 21? I think not!

A book that will make you know that you are more than a label, and why. Good job Ms. Muharrar, I hope to review other works by you in the future.
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More Than A Label: Why What You Wear Or Who You're With Doesn't Define Who You Are by teenager Aisha Muharrar is an informative examination of teenaged society's tendency to label and pigeonhole one another into categories like "jock", "geek", "preppy", and so on. A survey of more than 1,000 American teens offers insight into how teenagers across America think and tend to automatically label one another. Various chapters address what labels are, how they can make people feel, and how one can break the label habit and help others do the same. The central message of More Than A Label is "Labels don't define you. YOU define you." It is a message that young people today desperately need to hear. More Than A Label is strongly recommended for high school and community library self-help and social issues collections.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Collins on July 18, 2002
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So you're thinking about reading more than a label? I ask you one question.
>>Why havent you already read it?
This book is a must read for everyones list. After reading the first chapter, your eyes will have been opened. You will see the impact that labels have had on so many individuals, and on our society collectively.
My suggestion to everyone; pick up a copy of this book, read it, and learn something from it. We all have a long way to go, but this book is the key to a step in the right direction. Spread the word!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isvel B. on June 5, 2013
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not interesting, nothing new to learn from it, Why do I have to write more? it doen't make it easy to give the opinion
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