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The Courage to Be Yourself
True Stories by Teens About Cliques, Conflicts, and Overcoming Peer Pressure
Edited by Al Desetta, M.A., and Educators for Social Responsibility 
The Courage to Be Yourself

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 and teenage peer pressure with searing honesty. They will inspire young readers to reflect on their own lives, work through their problems, and learn who they really are.


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160 pages, softcover, 6" x 9", ISBN 978-1-57542-185-8

F&P: High school/adult/Ages 13 & up/Z+
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  • ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Finalist

Item No: 21858W

Price: $13.99


Related materials:
A Leader's Guide to The Courage to Be Yourself
Al Desetta, M.A.Sherrie Gammage, M.Ed., and with Educators for Social Responsibility 
Life Lists for Teens eBook
Pamela Espeland 
Edited by Youth Communication 
The Struggle to Be Strong
Al Desetta, M.A., and Sybil Wolin, Ph.D. 

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