The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Books (27 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Being a Witch is about a 14-year-old foster child in London who travels through time. She finds parallels to foster care in the 1645 witch trials in London. (full text)
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Alexus reviews Jim St. Germain's vivid story of growing up rough in Brooklyn and straightening his life out during a stay at Boys Town, a residential facility. (full text)
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Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's latest novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. (full text)
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Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. (full text)
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Carlos reviews a novel, 13 Reasons Why, that explores a girl's reasons for suicide. The hero of the book, and Carlos, realize that you need to pay attention to signs that peers are suffering. (full text)
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Victor reviews Rosie Perez's memoir of growing up in a group home where nuns abused her. Despite all her achievements, Perez suffers PTSD and depression and finally gets therapy years later. (full text)
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Carmen loves fast food—until she reads Chew On This, a book about the dark side of the industry. (full text)
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Janae escapes from her troubled family by reading books. (full text)
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When Chelsea moves to New York from China she doesn't understand any English. Still, she takes on the challenge of reading her favorite childhood novel in the new language. (full text)
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Book review of a collection of immigrant stories compiled by students from three international high schools in New York City. (full text)
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Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. (full text)
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Atl reviews the novel, "The Go-Between," and interviews the author Veronica Chambers about how they both identify with the main character, who is an immigrant. (full text)
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This book review explores the romantic relationship between two young women in Iran, where same sex relationships are punishable by death. (full text)
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“Some people don’t want Syrian refugees to come here. But we need to help them,” writes Jaelyn. That 17-year-old Nujeen is also wheelchair-bound makes her journey from Syria to Germany even more dramatic. (full text)
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As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. (full text)
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Jeimmy sees parallels between the protagonist Hester Prynne’s humiliation in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, The Scarlet Letter, and her experience getting gym-shorted for violating the school dress code. (full text)
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“Before I read The Kite Runner,” Hoa writes, “I thought Afghanistan was only a terrorist haven. Now I realize it’s a country with people who are just like me.” (full text)
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Wensley believes older people don't judge as much as kids his age, a reason he loves this book. It is about an old man's life reflections as he nears death. (full text)
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Ian struggled with reading and didn't enjoy it until he discovered the world of comics. They have inspired him to read books in other genres and write his own stories. (full text)
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In Japan, Kristine grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. Re-reading one of the books now makes her fondly remember her childhood. (full text)
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Teens write reviews recommending their favorite books for fun, escapist reading during summer vacation. (full text)
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Levaunna sees herself reflected in the characters portrayed in the final book of the popular “House of Night” series. (full text)
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In Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore, there are mysterious portals to other worlds, strange animals fall from the sky, and humans can travel through spirits. (full text)
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Evin interviews Adam Mansbach—author of a novel in which white people spend a day apologizing to black people—and ponders the usefulness of the word "sorry." (full text)
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In his book "I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup," David Chura, a former English teacher at the Westchester County jail, shows how the juvenile justice system, instead of rehabilitating traumatized teens, treats them inhumanely. (full text)
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Daichka doesn't fit in with the other kids at school. She dedicates herself to reading books, and gets the support, acceptance, love, and understanding that she doesn't get from people. (full text)
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Paula Giddings' book describes black women's integral role in both the civil rights and feminist movements. (full text)