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Pearl Gaskins

Born: 1957 in Maryville, Tennessee
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Gaskins lives in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Biography: 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.

  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society Booklist Editors’ Choice, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book, Books for the Teen Age, N

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Pearl Gaskins on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

I believe in-- :
ISBN: 081262713x OCLC: 54079905

Cricket Books, Chicago : 2004.

Presents candid, compelling interviews with young Christians, Muslims, and Jews about the place of religion in their lives, what it means to belong to a certain faith, and their struggle to maintain their faith. Religion and religious conflict is in the news as never before, and more than 80 percent of American teenagers hold some religious affiliation. But teenagers for whom religion matters have no book in which they can see themselves speaking side by side with other similar young people who hold different beliefs. In I 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. As an example, some of the voices in I Believe In powerfully illustrate that Islam is not a faith tied to America's enemies but rather a faith held by many of its own young citizens. Often poignant, at times shocking, and always 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.

What are you? :
ISBN: 0805059687 OCLC: 39905597

Henry Holt, New York : 1999.

Many young people of racially mixed backgrounds discuss their feelings about family relationships, prejudice, dating, personal identity, and other issues.