A Path to the World

S. & S./Atheneum. Oct. 2022. 128p. ed. by Carlson-Hijuelos, Lori Marie, ed. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781481419758.
Gr 9 Up–A collection of essays, this work is meant to inspire young people to find themselves. Different topics, such as names or cooking are covered, but all relate to identity and what makes one unique. The collection contains writing by 30 authors with many backgrounds, from writers to chefs to teens. Different cultures are represented. Some of the essays are new, but some are reprinted. While one would expect to see variety in a collection of essays, there are some extreme differences in this one. Most of the essays are a couple of pages in length, but some are even shorter. The essays also vary in quality; there are standouts, but others might leave readers confused.
VERDICT This will be a hard book to convince teens to check out, as there are few names that they will recognize, and notably, few current young adult authors. Overall, this is not a necessary purchase for libraries.

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