6 Nowhere to Grow But Up
We all have to grow up, but it’s not often easy. Four authors present their views on the challenges teens face. Ann Y.K. Choi’s novel tackles the struggles of being caught between two cultures: from the protagonist’s Korean mother’s traditional expectations to learning what it means to be Canadian. With wry humour, Ivan Coyote’s memoir recounts growing up as a tomboy in Canada’s Yukon. In Ashley Little’s novel, Tucker’s mom is a touring stripper and he’s sent to live in a youth group home. Lisa Moore talks about her first novel for young adult readers, in which 16-year-old Flannery’s mother can’t pay the heating bills and young love is a potent and potentially damaging experience. You’re not as alone as you may think through the highs and lows of your teen years.
- Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, Ann YK Choi
- Tomboy Survival Guide, Ivan Coyote
- Niagara Motel, Ashley Little
- Flannery, Lisa Moore
- Literary Arts: memoir and non-fiction
Discuss: What scares you about being an adult?
Interview your parents about a memory from when they were your age. Write a one-page piece detailing that memory and compare it to a memory of your own.
Ask an adult for a piece of advice and in an opinion piece, evaluate that claim or write about how that piece of advice might apply to your own life.