Levithan, David, ed. Where We Are, What We See: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America.

Author:Durant, Olivia
Position:Young Adult Review - Book Review

LEVITHAN, David, ed. Where we are, what we see; poems, stories, essays, and art from the best young writers and artists in America, Scholastic, Push. 220p. c2005. 0439-73646-3, $7.99, JS

The work of several winners of the 20022004 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is collected here in one volume. The writers are all students in middle school and high school. Among the poetry, stories, essays, and art, the reader will quickly discover that no two teens are alike. Though they have many of the same concerns and questions, they all have distinct voices, showcased nicely in this collection. There is something for everyone among the selections, and some pieces show great talent. One particularly fine story, entitled "Lifethreads," tells the tale of Analya, who grows up in a society similar to the one in Lowry's The Giver, or Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series. She has a talent for weaving, and is trained in its intricacies, not yet realizing that her weaving magic can decide whether someone lives or dies. The essay, "What Cancer Meant," is a heartbreaking yet uplifting work about a young woman's father dying of cancer, and how they are able to connect...

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