Beyond Dreams
Beyond Dreams
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Catalog Number: #6065036
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 192
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-929777-02-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-929777-02-0
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This latest addition to Reynolds' Hamilton High series presents six stories about teens in crisis. Teen pregnancy, the topic of the two previous books, is an issue in only one of the stories, in which Christina from Too Soon for Jeff (1994) discovers she is pregnant again and this time chooses abortion. Other crises revolve around an abusive partner, racism, failing at school, the death of a friend in an auto accident after a party at which alcohol is served, and coping with family obligations to care for an aging relative. All the young people are believable, likable, and appropriately thoughtful, given the situations they face. All the stories are interesting and well paced, and each has a slightly different style, which avoids repetition in theme and tone. Young adults will certainly identify with the characters and their problems, and it is particularly useful to have these issues addressed in short story form with alternate male and female narrators, thereby making it easy to recommend just one story to draw in reluctant readers. Once they get started, they probably won't stop at one. (Reviewed November 15, 1995)
Horn Book
A multiethnic cast of students from a fictional Southern California high school face difficult decisions, such as whether to leave an abusive boyfriend or wait to have sex, in this short story collection. For the most part, Reynolds conveys the complexities of the issues and varies the voice enough, from story to story, that each narrator sounds distinct.
School Library Journal
Gr 8-11--Beyond Dreams will be popular with teens who have enjoyed Chris Crutcher's Athletic Shorts (Greenwillow, 1991). Like his characters, Reynolds's young people struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds but do eventually succeed in improving their lives. They're not too good to be true, though--they seem like real kids. The language here is a little raw, but the situations will be familiar to far too many teens: school failure, pregnancy and abortion, racism, a fatal car accident, an aging relative, violence and abuse by a lover. Reynolds sets this collection of six stories in Hamilton High, a fictional, urban, ethnically mixed secondary school somewhere in Southern California, but the stories are universal. Some characters have parents who can provide emotional guidance, but others are stumbling through life without support. YAs will look forward to the next installment in the series.--Susan R. Farber, Chappaqua Library, NY
Word Count: 49,277
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 14899 / grade: Upper Grades

Six short stories about teens in crisis are presented with alternate male and female narrators. Story lines include such young adult concerns as teen pregnancy, abortion, abusive partners, racism, failing at school, a fatal auto accident after a party where alcohol was served, and coping with family obligations to care for an aging relative.

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