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What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People

by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins

Published by Henry Holt, 1999
273 pages
ISBN: 0-8050-5968-7

Age 13 and older

First person statements by 45 mixed-race youngsters from ages 14 to 26 reveal recurring themes and concerns: feeling rejected rather than accepted by one or more racial groups, the pressure to choose one part of their racial heritage over another, and an unwillingness to be pigeonholed. Although feelings of frustration are frequently evident, overall the voices are upbeat and give the impression that they're patiently waiting for the rest of society to catch up with the progressive attitudes of these kids' parents. A list of advocacy groups, magazines, e-zines, books, videos, and family organizations appear at the end of the book. CCBC categories: Understanding Oneself and Others.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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