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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Laurel-Leaf Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (January 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440413052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440413059
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

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.

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Customer Reviews

A definite must read and use for educators in the urban middle school.
Dr. Derek J. Hall
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.
dmh
The stories were really realistic, and they're things that real teenagers face in everyday life.
Valerie Lockhart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an eighth grade teacher I am always interested in good short stories that are appropriate for young adults. I enjoy reading to my students and No Easy Answers proved to be one of the most powerful collections of short stories that I have ever read. My students loved it, and many of them chose to read it on their own. These stories are not only well written and representative of the diveristy of our country, but also pertinent to the tough issues--teenage pregnancy, first love, lonliness, parent-child relationships and homosexuality--that are confronting our children today. If you are a parent, teen, or teacher who is looking for a book that makes you think and confront these types of issues then this is definately the book for you. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WRMSAmy@aol.com on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Given the recent trend toward violence with teenagers, this book provides a powerful discussion piece in the middle school classroom. The stories in this collection all have characters who face difficult moral delimmas. This can spark many classroom activities where students determine the best course of action. This gets young adults talking about character, taking responsiblity, and choosing the right path. Furthermore, the high interest level of the stories hook even the most reluctant of readers! It was hard for anyone in the room to put down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Chaudhery on February 13, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This collection of short stories does indeed bring to light various moral dilemmas. However, the content is highly inappropriate for middle school students because of the graphic references to voyeurism, "penile enlargement", and other sexual content. There is no doubt that kids at this age may be exposed to some of this- but not to the extent of the descriptions in these stories. The stories will make students very uncomfortable and not because of the dilemmas so much as these references; parents will definitely oppose this as well. My suggestion is read the book first before selecting it for this age group.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Lockhart on June 30, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
I read this book in less than a day. The stories were really realistic, and they're things that real teenagers face in everyday life. All the stories are by different authors, and I liked how they put a mini-bio after each of the stories to tell about that author's most famous books that had won the most prizes, etc. It helped, because if there was a story I really liked, then I could get the book with the longer version (most of the stories came from a book the author had written). It was an awesome book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is fantastic. OUr school library got it and I thought that I would give it a try. It was amazing. The stories are great and you just don't want to put it down. You have to read this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Martin on December 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is pretty good, but it is NOT appropriate for a school setting. I purchased it in hopes that it would have real world short stories that my high school students could better relate to, but it only had a few that I could share with my kids. It is a very good read, but just deals with the real world, which we aren't necessarily encouraged to teach.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By heather arnold on July 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a great book about teens dealing with tough issues. It touches on many issuse that teens deal with every day, such as teen pregnancy, drug use and abuse, not knowing how to handle. The fact that it is written as a group of short stories makes it that much more appealing to a younger audience.
If you are looking for a book that deals with tough issues in an appealing manner than I would highly recommmend this book to you.
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