Who Cares What I Think?: American Teens Talk About Their Lives and Their Country

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9780932765499: Who Cares What I Think?: American Teens Talk About Their Lives and Their Country
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Interviews with sixteen American teenagers from different background describe their personal experiences, their goals, and their attitudes about important issues

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Gr. 8-12. What do a migrant worker, a gang-banger, an Olympic athlete, a deaf student, a farmer, a prep school student, and 10 other teenagers from the city, the country, and the suburbs have in common? An opinion about the U.S. Thompson interviewed 16 teens from all over the country, seeking their thoughts about such things as racism, the effectiveness of government, the meaning of good citizenship, and predictions for the U.S. 50 years from now. As might be expected, no two people had exactly the same view on everything, but they all share the belief that they still have the right and the chance to strive for the American dream however they, individually, choose to define it. With as little editing as possible, Thompson presents the actual interviews, thereby preserving her subjects' diverse voices. The material is attractively presented, good graphics make it effortless to differentiate the questions and the answers, appropriately placed sidebars provide other helpful information, and photos bring the interviewees to life. This could be a great lead-in to class discussions about current events and problems or about confronting opinions different from one's own. Fascinating reading for YAs and for adults working with them. Jeanne Triner

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Grade 9-12-An interesting sampling of what 16 American teens think about various contemporary issues. Each interview is preceded by a one-page biographical sketch. Often grainy, black-and-white photographs, blocks of related information, bold print, large initial letters, and lots of white space help to break up the text. Readers interested in finding out what some of their peers think may find this book useful; those seeking information for reports may find it difficult to use, since there is no index and the interviews are grouped simply by whether the young person lives in the city, country, or suburbs.
Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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