Synopses & Reviews
Once upon a time that was not so very long ago, a family was described as a man, a woman, and their offspring. That was what families were. These ten stories talk about families the way they really are.
Siblings coping with their younger brother's overdose. A girl terrified of her older sister's dual personality. A boy trying to adjust to his life with two mothers. A father visiting his son on death row. These are stories of today's families -- fractured, blended, at risk, non-traditional, and some that are even still nuclear.
Noted anthologist Michael Cart asked celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" The ten stories in this anthology provide some illuminating -- and sometimes surprising -- answers. Here family is defined by the connections between all kinds of people -- and the necessary noise they make.
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
These are stories of today's families--fractured, blended, at risk, non-traditional, and some that are even still nuclear. Renowned author and noted anthologist Cart asked the most celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?"
About the Author
Former director of the Beverly Hills (California) Public Library and a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a writer, lecturer, and consultant. His column "Carte Blanche" appears monthly in Booklist
magazine, and his author interview television program In Print
is broadcast nationally on the Dish Satellite Network.
He is the author or editor of ten books, including From Romance to Realism: 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature. Mr. Cart's young adult novel My Father's Scar and his anthologies Tomorrowland and Love and Sex were all selected as ALA Best Books for Young Adults.
The winner of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award for his contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by young people, Mr. Cart teaches young adult literature at UCLA and lives in northern California.