On the Fringe by Chris Crutcher

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In every school at every grade, there's a pecking order among students-an in crowd and those outside it, who are often ridiculed mercilessly for the "crime" of being different. This powerful anthology explores the teen outsider experience in electrifying, never-before-published stories by eleven of today's most acclaimed YA authors. A tomboy finds the relief of self-expression through her music, while in another tale a relentless bully tests the faith of an intensely religious girl. A cheerleader discovers that the true soul of her school can't be found within the cool clique; a football player finally stands up for a harassed fellow student; and a boy watches in horror as the school "freak" marches into his classroom with a loaded rifle.

Offering insights into popularity and peer pressure, nonconformity and persecution, acceptance and hate, these riveting, provocative tales will leave readers thinking and start them talking.

Stories by:

Joan Bauer
Alden R. Carter
Chris Crutcher
Jack Gantos Angela Johnson
M. E. Kerr
Ron Koertge
Francess Lantz
Graham Salisbury
Will Weaver
Nancy Werlin
 

About Chris Crutcher

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When he is not teaching courses in writing or literature for young adults at Central Connecticut State University, Don Gallo is usually corresponding with authors or reading manuscripts for his next collection of short stories or plays or essays. Among his anthologies for teenagers are Sixteen, Visions, Connections, and Center Stage. He is also the editor of Speaking for Ourselves and the author of Presenting Richard Peck.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Dial. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Adolescent outsiders are the subject of On the Fringe, a collection of 11 short stories by well-known YA authors, edited by Donald R. Gallo. Joan Bauer describes confronting the jock flock who

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