Necessary Noise by Michael Cart
Stories About Our Families as They Really Are

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Once upon a time that was not so very long ago, a family was described as a man, a woman, and their offspring. That was what families were. These ten stories talk about families the way they really are.

Siblings coping with their younger brother's overdose. A girl terrified of her older sister's dual personality. A boy trying to adjust to his life with two mothers. A father visiting his son on death row. These are stories of today's families -- fractured, blended, at risk, non-traditional, and some that are even still nuclear.

Noted anthologist Michael Cart asked celebrated young adult authors the question "What does 'family' mean today?" The ten stories in this anthology provide some illuminating -- and sometimes surprising -- answers. Here family is defined by the connections between all kinds of people -- and the necessary noise they make.


About Michael Cart

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Past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a columnist and reviewer for Booklist magazine. He is also the author or editor of nineteen books, including the gay coming-of-age novel My Father's Scar and—with Christine Jenkins—The Heart Has Its Reasons, a critical history of young adult literature with gay/lesbian/queer content. His anthologies include Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth and Necessary Noise: Stories about Our Families as They Really Are.In 2008 he was the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, and in 2000 he received the Grolier Foundation Award for his contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by young people. Mr. Cart lives in Columbus, Indiana.
Published June 3, 2003 by HarperTeen. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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The terrors of families gone wrong are here, too: there is Sonya Sones’s frightening look at a deeply angry and abusive teenager from the point of view of her principal victim—her younger sister.

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Other selections, like Norma Howe's "Siskiyou Sloan and the Eye of the Giraffe" and Sonya Sones's story in verse, "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde," focus on the more universal theme of sibling rivalry.

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Today, we know about and see all kinds of families, from those with two mothers to those where the kids have to run the house.

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