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I Am Me: Teen Artists and Writers Speak Out on Being Yourself

Creative Communication. Sept. 2019. 104p. ed. by Worthen, Tom, ed. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781600508073.
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Gr 6 Up–This collection of poems and artwork celebrates diversity and inclusion. Each double-page spread has a piece of art on one side and a poem on the other. Authors and artists are given credit next to their work with a complete name and grade level. The poetry is clear, thoughtful, and in some cases truly touching. Students share their personal feelings highlighting race, sex, alienation, and fitting in—all topics familiar to young adults. The extraordinary artwork is represented by a variety of mediums. Both the poetry and art depict a vibrant sense of how teens feel about themselves, their images, and their personalities—a true sense of the diversity and desire for understanding that all of us wish for.
VERDICT Teachers in a variety of disciplines could easily use this title as a jumping-off point for a similar project that would encourage students to explore themselves and their relationships with others.

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