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The Courage to Be Yourself

True Stories by Teens About Cliques, Conflicts, and Overcoming Peer Pressure


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 of these teens find the strength to face their conflicts and the courage to be themselves. In twenty-six 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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ISBN: 978-1-57542-185-8
Reading Level: High school–adult
Interest Level: Ages 13 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 160
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    BS.LS.4, BS.LS.5, BS.LS.6, BS.LS.9
    BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.3, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.5, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.8, 
    BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10
    BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

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