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What Kind of Love?: The Diary of a Pregnant Teenager
Synopses & Reviews
In a flash, Valerie's world comes tumbling down. Talented pretty and popular. She was enjoying life and planing her future. She and Peter, the love of her life, were sharing their dreams. Now she and Peter share a problem...
Except it turns out to be Val's problem. Peter says he loves her, but he has to finish school, go to college, get on with his life. Valerie wishes she could get on with her life and her music career. But she lives each day with the reality Peter wants to forget — and it is she who must make the impossible choices...When love has no answers.
Valerie's world has come crashing down around her. She was enjoying life, planning her future and sharing her dreams with her boyfriend Peter. Now Valerie realizes that she is pregnant--and she must make some seemingly impossible choices.
About the Author
In Her Own Words...
"As a child growing up in Toronto, Canada, and then Los Angeles, I was painfully aware that my family was different. My parents, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, looked foreign, spoke English poorly, and-having only a few years of night school behind them-were barely literate in English. As if that wasnt enough to make me feel different, my mother worked at a time when few mothers did.
"In my drive to turn myself into “a regular American kid,” I became a watcher and listener-eager to learn whatever I could about the ways of the natives. In the ethnic enclave where we lived, watching and listening could only take me so far. To find out about the world beyond the borders of my neighborhood, I read newspapers, American history books, books on American customs and holidays, etiquette books, books on American cooking, and stories about American children-lots of stories. Stories were, I discovered, the best way to find out about things. They had it all-what people did and why they did it. Best of all, they made order and sense out of the confusion of life.
"I can now pass as an American thanks to those books I took out of the public library, and thanks to the public schools and public universities I attended, but I still feel like an outsider a lot of the time, and Im still fascinated by people-especially people who are different from me. I want to know their stories-what they do, why they do it, and how they feel about it. It is this curiosity that first led me to become a newspaper reporter and then to write for children.
"After I graduated from Indiana University, my husband and I studied in the former Soviet Union. It was while living there as a stranger in that very different culture that I began to understand how my parents must have felt as immigrants in this country. Since then, my husbands work has taken us to live in Liberia, a village in the Yucatan, and London. With each of these moves has come a new experience of feeling “different” and the need to find out everything about the place so I can make sense of it.
"Over time, I have learned that children feel like outsiders for many reasons-they are new to the neighborhood, they are a different race, a different religion, their parents are poor, their clothes are wrong, they do things other kids dont do. This feeling of being “different” is a theme in several of my books. Often my heros and heroines are different-a rooster living where roosters are against the law; a poor girl who makes her living finding fossils at a time when girls didnt do such things; a pregnant teenager who decides to give up her baby.
"In addition to writing childrens books, I am the co-author, with my husband, of a college textbook on child development. When Im not writing, I like to read, cook for company, hike, walk my two border collies along the beach, and talk with my friends and children on the telephone."
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