Be Special, Be Yourself for Teenagers
"Boj?'s Magic Powder" is the story of Sam, who feels different and isolated because of her eating habits, while her classmates think she has an advantage.
"Beauty Queen" is the story of Michelle, a beautiful girl with a secret, who must work out the priorities in her life and find her inner beauty.
"Be Special, Be Yourself" is the story of Adam, who migrates to another country and tries to fit in, without giving up his values.
"Curly Line with Flowers" is the story of Jessie, a dyslexic girl, who writes a diary of her brave struggle for acceptance.
"The Building of Life" describes one class' attempt to create a perfect setup for a group of people living in a building, while coming to grips with some of the realities of their own life.
"The Guidance Counselor" is the story of Tommie, who is physically abused and builds his inner strength to set himself free.
"Love Me, Love Me Not" is a "chain story" about the desire that teenagers and adults have to be loved and things they will do to fulfill that desire.
"Biography" is the story of Daniel, who finds out, with the help of a classmate, just how much he is loved by the people around him.
Each one of the stories is different - there's romance, fear, struggle for independence and more - but all the stories grabbed me from the beginning.
My favorite is Biography, because I think kids rarely know how much they're loved by their family, however old and outdated they think they are. Many grownups reconnect with their families when they're past 40, when it can be too late sometimes. This story says we should keep our hearts open to the people closest to us.
This is a GREAT book! It's suitable for readers of all ages and reading abilities. Short stories with issues relevent to everyone. Fantastic stories that get right to the point. I really enjoyed this book because each story had something for me to take with me once I'd closed the book.