Break These Rules

35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself

By Luke Reynolds (Editor)
(Chicago Review Press, Paperback, 9781613747841, 208pp.)

Publication Date: September 2013

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If you're a girl, you should strive to look like the model on the cover of a magazine. If you're a boy, you should play sports "and" be good at them. If you're smart, you should immediately go to college after high school, and get a job that makes you rich. Above all, be normal.Right?"Wrong," say 35 leading middle grade and young adult authors. Growing up is challenging enough; it doesn't have to be complicated by convoluted, outdated, or even cruel rules, both spoken and unspoken. Parents, peers, teachers, the media, and the rest of society sometimes have impossible expectations of teenagers. These restrictions can limit creativity, break spirits, and demand that teens sacrifice personality for popularity.In these personal, funny, moving, and poignant essays, Kathryn Erskine ("Mockingbird"), Matthew Quick ("The Silver Linings Playbook"), Gary D. Schmidt ("The Wednesday Wars"), Sara Zarr ("Story of a Girl"), and many others share anecdotes and lessons learned from their own lives in order to show you that some rules just beg to be broken.

About the Author
Luke Reynolds has taught middle and secondary English in public high schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He is a husband, a father, an activist, a writer, a teacher, and a researcher who is passionate about creative, relational, and imaginative education. Luke is the author of A Call to Creativity and co-editor of Burned In, Dedicated to the People of Darfur and Break These Rules.
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