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You don't even know me : stories and poems about boys
Sharon Flake
Teen Fiction FLAKE

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Inner-city teens are often drawn to the harsh realism found in adult street lit, dismaying teachers and adult caregivers who worry that these young readers are not being exposed to quality literature. Flake (The Skin I'm In) fills the void with gritty yet superb prose that will entice young adults to read. Her nine stories profile a diverse group of young African American males, including a teenager pondering suicide and a 16-year-old who decides to marry his pregnant girlfriend. Thirteen brief poems are written in the form of text messages. One stands out: To the girls who text me, Then get mad when I don't text back, Oh well. Verdict Flake's writing can be teasingly brief or deeply complicated. She knows her audience, and African American teens will be thrilled to read stories about characters going through life situations similar to their own. Teachers, librarians, and parents should all acquire copies. Oh, and put it on all required readings lists, too.-Rollie Welch, Collection Manager, Cleveland P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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