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Starting with Youth Communication, Andrea Estepa & Philip Kay (Editors), Edwidge Danticat (Foreword)

Getting a new haircut. Surviving clothes shopping with Mom. Losing a beloved uncle to AIDS. Hearing the band Nirvana for the first time. These are just a few of the experiences that inspired this book's young authors to sit down and write. In thirty-five frank and intimate personal essays, they express their views on serious issues like violence, racism, and teen parenting, as well as common teen experiences like dating, getting a first job, and starting college. Their stories resonate with their desire to discover who they are, through the written word, and to share their discoveries with their peers.

A downloadable Teachers Guide is available for this book.

Praise for the Book:
"A rich and varied collection with themes to which teens from all kinds of backgrounds will be able to relate. An inspiration to aspiring young authors."—School Library Journal

About Youth Communication:
Youth Communication, based in New York City, helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.

Also from Persea by Youth Communication:
The Heart Knows Something Different: Teen Age Voices from the Foster Care System

Paperback/$15.95/ISBN 978-0-89255-228-3/224 page/Young Adult Essays (Ages 12+)

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