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In this mixed-media collection of twenty stand-alone short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, this celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican American. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers.

With works by Francisco X. Stork, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, David Bowles, Rubén Degollado, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Diana López, Xavier Garza, Trinidad Gonzales, Alex Temblador, Aida Salazar, Lupe Ruiz-Flores, Sylvia Sanchez Garza, Dominic Carrillo, Angela Cervantes, Carolyn Dee Flores, René Saldaña Jr., Justine Narro, Daniel García Ordáz, and Anna Meriano.

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“From Baltimore to New Orleans, from El Paso to LA, Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature analyzes young adult stories from “uptown midtown, downtown, up the hill, down the hill, along the river,” and various urban ethnic enclaves. This book disputes formulaic portrayals of urban youth, balancing as the editors explain, “the gritty with the edifying.” A must- have for every middle and high school English language arts teacher.” (Dr. James Blasingame, Professor of Young Adult Literature, Arizona State University; Executive Director of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English)

“This terrific and timely collection gives cities their due―not as dark and “gritty” places but as challenging, rich, exciting environments in which people can grow and thrive.” (Dr. Kenneth Kidd, Professor of English, University of Florida)

“The various authors not only examine complex presentations of images within urban settings; they reveal how adolescents find themselves and a community among the teeming streets they inhabit. For those of us who teach in diverse schools and universities in large cities this volume is an essential addition to our reference materials.” (Dr. Steven T. Bickmore, Associate Professor of English Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Past President of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE)

“Gatsby, Gossip Girls, gentrification, genre. These are just a few of the focal points through which young adult literature is viewed in this remarkable collection of essays about the images of urban life in contemporary and classic literature.” (Dr. Teri Lesesne, Distinguished Professor of Library science, Sam Houston State University, Texas)

“This is a valuable addition to current conversations about the most popular category of fiction, and will be of particular interest to those teaching children’s and young adult literature courses in colleges and universities, as well as those training preservice high school English teachers.” (Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania and author of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games)

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Interviewed for the Book

This examination of a difficult topic pairs an informative, somber text with an appropriately subdued look. Goldsmith offers both coping techniques for those who have experienced a suicide in the family, and warning signs and treatments that can and have saved lives.”―Booklist(Journal)

An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one.“―Kirkus Reviews(Journal)

“Goldsmith writes for children and incorporates quotes and information from a few well-known young adult authors, such as Chris Crutcher. This book is recommended as an updated resource for adolescent collections.”―VOYA(Journal)

“Goldsmith includes information about the effectiveness of intervention and treatment options, as well as the complicated issue of physician-assisted suicide. Of particular interest to teens are the quotes and advice from influential YA authors. Chris Crutcher offers guidance in his capacity as a mental health specialist, Libba Bray speaks of living with depression, and e.E. Charlton-Trujillo warns of the potentially devastating consequences of bullying. Edifying and thorough, this title will prove useful for students doing research or those interested in learning about this tragic phenomenon.”―School Library Journal

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