Pearl Gaskins

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General Information

Name: Pearl Gaskins

Pen Name: None

Born: 1957 in Maryville, Tennessee


Email: The author can be emailed through her website.

Illinois Connection

Gaskins lives in Lindenhurst, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gaskins is an award-winning journalist with many years of experience interviewing young people and writing about the issues that concern them, from prejudice and peer pressure to divorce and drug use. She was Senior Editor for Scholastic Choices, an educational magazine for teenagers. What Are You? Voices of Mixed Race Young People is her first book. It has been named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editor's Choice.

Published Works

  • What Are You, Voices of Mixed Race Young People, Henry Holt & Co., Inc., 1999
  • I Believe In...Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith, Cricket

Books, 2004

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People

ISBN: 006054256X
Release Date: 1999-06-15

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I Believe In...Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith

ISBN: 081262713X
Release Date: 2004-05-28

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Literary Awards

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society Booklist Editors’ Choice, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee for What are You?

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

In her presentations, Pearl discusses the multiracial experience, the development of racial identity, and how young people experience and cope with racism. Presentations are customized for audiences, which include middle and high school students, college student groups, parenting organizations, and educators.

External Links

Pearl Gaskins on WorldCat

Pearl Gaskins on Amazon


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