Individual Author Record
Name: Pearl GaskinsPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1957 in Maryville, Tennessee Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGaskins lives in Lindenhurst, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationGaskins is an award-winning journalist with many years of experience interviewing young people and writing about the issues that concern them, from prejudice and peer pressure to divorce and drug use. She was Senior Editor for Scholastic Choices, an educational magazine for teenagers. ''What Are You? Voices of Mixed Race Young People'' is her first book. It has been named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editor's Choice.
Titles At Your Library
What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
ISBN: 0805059687 Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 1999
In the past three decades, the number of interracial marriages in the United States has increased by more than 800 percent. Now over four million children and teenagers do not identify themselves as being just one race or another.
Here is a book that allows these young people to speak in their own voices about their own lives.
What Are You? is based on the interviews the author has made over the past two years with mixed-race young people around the country. These fresh voices explore issues and topics such as dating, families, and the double prejudice and double insight that come from being mixed, but not mixed-up.
I Believe In...Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith
ISBN: 081262713X Cricket Books. 2004
More than 80 percent of American teenagers hold some religious affiliation, according to researchers with the National Study of Youth and Religion. But how does religion matter in their lives? How do young people stay true to their faith while growing up in a secular society?
In What Do You Believe In?, award-winning journalist Pearl Gaskins gives us her in-depth interviews with approximately 100 young Christians, Muslims, and Jews about what it means to belong to a certain faith. Some of them claim that faith saved their lives, like the young man who escaped a violent youth gang with the help of his church. Some describe their daily struggle to be observant and moral in a temptation-filled world. Many wrestle with doubts, conflicts, and the prejudices of others. Often poignant, at times shocking, and very honest, the words of these young people offer valuable insight into the complexity of religious identity and the beliefs that unite and divide us. Also included are original poems and essays by young authors about the topic.