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Stay true : short stories for strong girls
Singer, Marilyn.
First Scholastic paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., 1999.

Physical Description:
204 pages ; 20 cm
A collection of short stories by various authors, including Andrea Davis Pinkney, M.E. Kerr, and Anne Mazer, about adolescent girls coming of age.
Taking toll / Building bridges / Guess who's back in town, Dear? / Going fishing / Transformations of Cindy R. / Crazy as a daisy / Pale mare / Truth in the case of Eliza Mary Muller, by herself / Statue of Liberty factory / Stay true / Magic bow
Reading Level:
870 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 7.0 53814.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 12 Quiz: 10886 Guided reading level: NR.
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Featuring strong girl heroines and just in time for Women's History Month, these stories explore important coming-of-age themes with a refreshing mix of humor and seriousness. Authors contributing to this all-original collection include Norma Fox Mazer, Rita Williams-Garcia, and M.E. Kerr.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Rita Williams-Garcia's "Crazy as a Daisy," which plays gloriously with language, is one of the best stories in this purposeful collection of 11 new tales that depict teenage girls finding their own strengths. Although a couple of the stories seem rather alike ("Building Bridges" by Andrea Davis Pinkney and "The Pale Mare" by Marian Flandrick Bray feature girls escaping ethnic stereotypes imposed on them by their own families), there's still some variety. Peni R. Griffin's story, about a girl who shoots her abusive brother-in-law, packs the strongest punch; Anne Mazer's concerns a modern-day Cinderella who doesn't fall for the fantasy; and C. Drew Lamm's title story is a glimpse at the struggle girls begin when boys enter the picture. M. E. Kerr and Norma Fox Mazer are among the other authors included. An anthology to add if short stories are in demand. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)0590360310Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

In her first short story anthology, Singer (All We Need to Say) brings together works by 11 distinguished authors, including M.E. Kerr, Rita Williams-Garcia, Norma Fox Mazer and Singer herself. Thematically related by their emphasis on learning to navigate life's tailspins through self-reliance and self-discovery, the stories are nevertheless widely diverse in style and subject. From the more predictable twist on the Cinderella story found in Anne Mazer's "The Transformations of Cindy R.," to C. Drew Lamm's eye-opening take on adolescent soul-searching in "Stay True," readers will find characters and situations, both comfortable and disturbing, that reflect their lives and concerns. More importantly, the stories depict thoughtful young women ably meeting their challenges with courage and wit. Amid a recent outpouring of volumesÄfiction, nonfiction and biographyÄaiming to encourage and inspire teen and preteen girls, Singer's collection stands out as proof of fiction's ability to create distance and to subtly alter readers' perceptions of the world. Thus, these stories will likely function for readers the way trees do for Lamm's protagonist: "I can feel them hard-stroking my brains, untangling and freeing my mind. And when I leave, I'm in place." Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 UpÄThough their experiences are varied, all of the adolescent girls in these stories endure the trials of puberty that young women everywhere share. Short chapters illustrate a wide array of themes from learning to accept oneself, and maybe Mom's new boyfriend, to love on the wrong side of the tracks and the tragedy of a teen who must face the legal and moral consequences of killing her abusive brother-in-law. Several award-winning names grace the pages of this compilation including Norma Fox Mazer, M. E. Kerr, and Rita Williams-Garcia. Author profiles, many of which include e-mail addresses, are appended. Though the main characters are all female, these selections are likely to appeal to both sexes due to their brevity and the messages that ring true for either gender. As in life, the stories are not neatly resolved; only a portion of the picture is revealed. Overall, this book is an excellent mix of light and darkness, humor and dead seriousness. It encourages readers to discover who they are and to stay true to themselves.ÄTammy J. Marley, Charles County Public Library, La Plata, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.