Love and Sex: 10 Stories of Truth

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Michael Cart
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Jun 1, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 225 pages
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"More than thirty years ago a pioneering young adult librarian named Margaret A. Edwards protested that 'many adults seem to think that if sex is not mentioned to adolescents, it will go away.'

"As succeeding decades have demonstrated, silence is no arbiter of behavior. Not only has sex not gone away, it has become a quintessential -- perhaps even obligatory? -- rite of passage for adolescents."

So writes Michael Cart in his foreword to Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth, a groundbreaking volume in which some of the finest writers for adults and teens have contributed original stories on the various aspects of love and sexuality.

From Joan Bauer's Beth, whose resolve to remain a virgin is tested when the man of her dreams asks her out, to Michael Lowenthal's Jesse, for whom an after-school tutoring session fulfills a childhood obsession, to Laurie Halse Anderson's Adam and Lily, thrown together on an unwanted blind date, all of these characters reveal different angles on the pressures and complications (and occasional joys) of a teenager's romantic life.

Other authors in this collection include Emma Donoghue, Louise Hawes, Angela Johnson, Chris Lynch, Garth Nix, Sonya Sones, and Shelley Stoehr. A portion of the money generated from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) for the promotion of books recommended by YALSA and of teen reading, including their national Teen Read Week.

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User Review  - ShaneCasebeer - LibraryThing

This is an anthology of ten YA stories dealing with aspects of love and sex written by award winning YA authors including the following: Joan Bauer; Luise Hawes; Garth Nix; Sonja Sones; Laurie Halse ... Read full review

LOVE & SEX: Ten Stories of Truth

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a direct frontal assault on censorship of young-adult literature, Cart (My Father's Scar, 1996, etc.) presents ten short stories that highlight a taboo subject: teenagers coping with sexuality ... Read full review


Fine and Dandy by Louise Hawes
Lightning Bringer by Garth Nix
Secret Shelf by Sonya Sones

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About the author (2001)

A past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is well known as an author, critic, and lecturer. His history of young adult literature, From Romance to Realism, is used as a text in many college classes. Both his young adult novel, My Father's Scar, and his short-story anthology, Tomorrowland: Ten Stories About the Future, were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Mr. Cart's column, "Carte Blanche," appears monthly in Booklist magazine, and his award-winning cable television interview program, In Print, is syndicated nationally.

The winner of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award for his contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young adults, Michael Cart lives in northern California.

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