The Courage to Be Yourself (COURAG)



Edited by Al Desetta with Educators for Social Responsibility

Cassandra is hassled by her friends for sitting with the “wrong” kids at lunch. Jennifer gets harassed because she is overweight. Dwan’s own family taunts her for not being “black enough.” Yen is teased for being Chinese. Yet all find the courage to be themselves. In 26 first-person narratives real teen write real stories about the challenges they face in trying to be themselves, especially when they are bullied, picked on, pressured, excluded or disrespected. They will inspire young readers to reflect on their own lives, work through their problems, and learn who they really are.

Grades 7-12 | 145 pages | Free Spirit Publishing and ESR | ISBN 9781575421858

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