Big City Cool by M. Jerry Weiss
Short Stories About Urban Youth

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Fourteen short stories about what it's like to grow up in the city—the glamour, the mean streets, and the neighborhood.

In these fourteen authentic short stories, young people growing up in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, New York, and elsewhere contend with city realities: a former child-star must resist her mother's dreams of Hollywood to pursue her own interest in archaeology; in a Baltimore courtroom, a boy testifies against a drug dealer who, if freed, will surely want revenge; a block party in Harlem is the setting first for a family argument and then for an act of neighborly kindness....

These stories of young people of all backgrounds—from the privileged to the poor, from immigrant to native-born—beat with the pulse of city life. They neither extol nor condemn but frankly reflect the city's real excitements and perils. For urban teens, these are pages out of daily life. For those who live elsewhere, here is a glimpse into a world so often imagined. Among the authors are Judith Ortiz Cofer, Eugenia Collier, Ann Hood, Cherylene Lee, Paul Many, Walter Dean Myers, Michael Rosovsky, Neal Shusterman, Amy Tan, Elennora Tate, and Kurt Vonnegut.

About M. Jerry Weiss

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M. Jerry Weiss is an award-winning educator who has taught English, language arts, and reading in secondary schools and colleges. He is Distinguished Service Professor of Communications Emeritus at New Jersey City University. Helen S. Weiss is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
Published December 1, 2002 by Persea. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A companion volume, Fishing for Chickens: Short Stories About Rural Youth, edited by Jim Heynen, was published last year.

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