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This collection of 16 original stories by distinguished YA writers "seems designed for the classroom," said PW. "With its clear presentations of ambiguous issues, it should particularly interest teachers trying to stimulate discussions." Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grade 10 Up. This collection of stories is intended to illustrate some of the moral choices facing teenagers today. Issues include computer blackmail, peer pressure, and self-censorship. The characters must decide for themselves the right thing to do. M.E. Kerr, Ron Koertge, Walter Dean Myers, Jack Gantos, and Rita Williams-Garcia are among the contributors. While these authors write well in the novel format, their talent is not always evident in this short story format. In Louise Plummer's "Bliss at the Burger Bar," the 18-year-old manager of a fast-food restaurant tries to comfort a teenage employee who is pregnant and has just been beaten by her boyfriend, but readers never find out what happens to her. In T. Ernesto Bethancourt's "Moon over Missouri," a teen who developed a best-selling CD-ROM adventure game is being sued because of its content, but the story ends before the case goes to trial. Other selections are equally open-ended, and most YAs will be left with a feeling of discontent, wanting to know what happens next. While the lack of conclusions might lead to some interesting discussions within a moderated group, it will be less satisfying for independent readers.?Tracy Taylor, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Is not what I understood it to be. Was not happy with the book . Glad I did not pay a lot . Will sell it at a garage sale . Won't even bother to finish it .Published 16 months ago by Lisa
A great conversation started of much needed conversations between adolescents and adults. A definite must read and use for educators in the urban middle school.Published 19 months ago by Dr. Derek J. Hall
The very first short story in this collection concerned a female teacher who is caught skinny-dipping. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary Cooke-Jones
I bought additional copies for our classroom library. Many of these short stories are taught in my junior literature class as we study teen issues. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T. Waddell
Very great book! I read one story and it's very interesting how the story is related to thinks that are happening knowadays. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Sugeily M. Rosario Vera
There's a story in this anthology called "Wishing it Away," which is so addictive even the most reluctant reader will be at the edge of his/her seat, begging for more. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by dmh