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  1. Face Relations:  Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color
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  2. Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color

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Why can't a white kid sit with the black kids in the cafeteria?

What happens when a biracial girl from Trinidad falls for a guy from a very different culture?

How does a teen deal with being the only Palestinian boy or the only Japanese girl in a small American town?

Face Relations offers eleven original works by celebrated authors Joseph Bruchac, Marina Budhos, M. E. Kerr, Kyoko Mori, Jess Mowry, Naomi Shihab Nye, René Saldaña Jr., Marilyn Singer, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sherri Winston, and Ellen Wittlinger that explore the possibilities of embracing diversity in a world still rife with bigotry and racism. As editor Marilyn Singer writes in her introduction:

"...the characters in these stories tear down the barriers that separate us." Their stories may be troubled, funny, sad, or fierce, but all are full of hope.

11 stories about seeing beyond color

> "Phat Acceptance" by Jess Mowry

> "Skins" by Joseph Bruchac

> "Snow" by Sherri Winston

> "The Heartbeat of the Soul of the World" by René Saldaña Jr.

> "Hum" by Naomi Shihab Nye

> "Epiphany" by Ellen Wittlinger

> "Black and White" by Kyoko Mori

> "Hearing Flower" by M. E. Kerr

> "Gold" by Marina Budhos

> "Mr. Ruben" by Rita Williams-Garcia

> "Negress" by Marilyn Singer

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Specifications

Country
USA
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Simon n Schuster Books for Young Readers
EAN
9780689856372
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0689856377
Label
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Manufacturer
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
240
PublicationDate
2004-05-25
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ReleaseDate
2004-05-25
Studio
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

"It seems to me as though I've been upon this stage before
And juggled away the night for the same old crowd"
--Al Stewart, "One Stage Before"
"Then Brandon wondered how he should react. The other students were watching him, too. He felt as if he was up on a stage and no one had told him what part to play. This massive black boy was invading his space on the very first day of high school, dammit! It felt like his cool was a house of cards and this woolly black mammoth was shaking the floor. Brandon had gone to a private school from kindergarten through junior high, so he didn't know anyone here. He had no posse to take his back and validate his coolness permit. He remembered something his father had said about making career decisions. Nobody would dis him for dissing this dude, but they'd probably dis him for not. And they'd have him under a microscope for all this freakin' period. Observer, hell! he told himself; he was the one who was being observed, scanned, filed... Read more
"The kids were a typical Santa Cruz mix -- meaning that most of them were white -- from surfers in tank-tops, hoodies and shorts, to hip-hops in big-jeans and backward-turned caps. A pair of gothics, boy and girl, had so many piercings that Brandon winced, even though he was wearing an earring himself. There were also a couple of obvious jocks."
I assume Jess Mowry is describing a typical 9th grade World History class in Santa Cruz, California in this early paragraph of his peppery and hilarious story, "Phat Acceptance", which opens this great anthology dealing with modern-day race relations. Another clue is when Mowry teases us with a mention of a youth gang from the early 1960s who were known as the "Tola Rats" for their stomping ground of Capitola, Ca, a little seaside town bordering Santa Cruz. Mowry goes on to illustrate this mix:
"...one of the jocks could have been on TV as a model for all-American boys. There was also a skinhead in boots and suspenders who could have... Read more
I'm glad I took this book out of the library before I wasted my money on it.

The only reason I took this book out was to read Kyoko Mori's story which was about the only good one in the entire book next to "Hum" and "Epiphany".

Most of the stories in here, first off, were structured horribly and were seemingly random, jumping from point to point making the story confusing and unreadable.

As for the actual content of 80% of the book - It's all pretty much propaganda. Most of it was "Please pity me!" or "How DARE you pity me!". The usual whiny politically-correct stuff.
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