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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pearl Gaskins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1957 in Maryville, Tennessee


Illinois Connection

Gaskins lives in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gaskins 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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society Booklist Editorsí Choice, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Bank Street College of Education Best Childrenís Book, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee for ''What are You?''