Necessary Noise (Paperback)

Stories about Our Families as They Really Are

By Michael Cart, Charlotte Noruzi (Illustrator)

Harper Teen, 9780060514372, 239pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2006



A girl is terrified of her older sister's dual personality. A boy adjusts to his life with two mothers. A father visits his son on death row. These are stories of today's families as they really are.

Noted anthologist Michael Cart has asked celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" The ten resulting stories provide illuminating -- and surprising -- answers. Here family is defined by the connections between all kinds of people -- and the necessary noise they make.