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JOIN IN by Donald R. Gallo


Multiethnic Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adult

edited by Donald R. Gallo

Age Range: 11 & up

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-385-31080-3
Publisher: Delacorte

 Gallo weighs in with his cross-cultural anthology: 17 never- before-published tales from the likes of Julius Lester, Linda Crew, Brenda Wilkinson, Jean Davies Okimoto, and Rita Williams-Garcia. The teenagers here may be Asian, Chicano, First American, African- American, or even (in Elsa Marston's ``Rima's Song'') Lebanese and Palestinian, but their experiences are universal. Dupree is outraged when he sees the deductions from his very first paycheck (``Mutha FICA!''); Lucinda, a lonely Cuban refugee, finds both a stray dog and a friend; Maria is dazzled--but not too dazzled to say no--when luscious Frankie Galvan takes her for a ride. Many break stereotypes (to new student Ngo Huynh Phuong: ``Hey, you speak pretty good English.'' ``I don't see why not--I was born in Los Angeles'') or struggle with conflicts between traditional and new American values; others face, or fall before, challenges, from young motherhood and drug addiction to saving a beached whale or coping with a smothering godmother. Gallo opens with an essay on whether authors can or should write about cultures other than their own and appends a thumbnail biography to each story. Diverse, thought-provoking, and consistently well-written. (Short Stories. 11-18)