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Illinois Center for the Book

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.

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Titles At Your Library


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.