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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pearl Gaskins  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Maryville, Tennessee

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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.


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

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

I believe in-- :
ISBN: 081262713x. OCLC Number: 54079905

Cricket Books,. .

Presents candid, compelling interviews with young Christians, Muslims, and Jews about the place of religion in their lives, what it means to belong to a certain faith, and their struggle to maintain their faith. Religion and religious conflict is in the news as never before, and more than 80 percent of American teenagers hold some religious affiliation. But teenagers for whom religion matters have no book in which they can see themselves speaking side by side with other similar young people who hold different beliefs. In I Believe In, award-winning journalist Pearl Gaskins gives us her in-depth interviews with approximately 100 young Christians, Muslims, and Jews about what it means to belong to a certain faith. As an example, some of the voices in I Believe In powerfully illustrate that Islam is not a faith tied to America's enemies but rather a faith held by many of its own young citizens. Often poignant, at times shocking, and always very honest, the words of these young people offer valuable insight into the complexity of religious identity and the beliefs that unite and divide us. Also included are original poems and essays by young authors about the topic.

What are you? :
ISBN: 0805059687. OCLC Number: 39905597

Henry Holt,. .

Many young people of racially mixed backgrounds discuss their feelings about family relationships, prejudice, dating, personal identity, and other issues.