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ISBN: 1885356013
Author: Marilyn Reynolds
Language: English
Publisher: Morning Glory Press (June 1, 1995)
Pages: 192
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Young Adults
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 696
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This latest addition to Reynolds' Hamilton High series presents six stories about teens in crisis.

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. I read Marilyn Reynolds's "Too Soon for Jeff" a few months ago, and while it wasn't great, it wasn't bad either. I had similar hopes for "Beyond Dreams," but I found myself in for a disappointment. Once again, the sixty-year-old author tries so hard to convince teens she understands them that it comes across as condescending and creepy.

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1 True-to-Life Series From Hamilton High School. Reynolds is the author of ten books in the award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Her books cover sensitive topics, including teen pregnancy, molestation, rape and issues of gender identity. Her book, I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers is a compilation of practical strategies and techniques developed over decades of teaching low level readers.

Book in the Hamilton High Series). Hamilton High Series Marilyn Reynolds. Select Format: Hardcover. Too Soon for Jeff (True-To-Life Series from Hamilton High).

Reynolds is the author of ten books in the award-winning True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High.

Beyond Dreams: True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Like Marilyn Reynolds’ other novels, Love Rules is part of the True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High,a fictional, urban, ethnically mixed high school somewhere in Southern California. Shut Up: True-to-Life Series from Hamilton High. Characters in the stories are imaginary and do not represent actual people or places. Originally published by Morning Glory Press, 2001.

Items related to Beyond Dreams (Hamilton High series). She is the author of the True-to-Life from Hamilton High series. Reynolds, Marilyn Beyond Dreams (Hamilton High series). ISBN 13: 9781885356000. Beyond Dreams (Hamilton High series). Marilyn Reynolds has decades of experience working with at-risk students in California alternative schools. From Booklist: Gr. 9^-12. This latest addition to Reynolds' Hamilton High series presents six stories about teens in crisis.

Young men and women face tough times and make tough choices in this book of short stories.

Comments:

Ranicengi
This book is outstanding for jr/sr high students to see what bad relationships can really be like and how to get themselves out these types of preparations.
Forcestalker
I read Marilyn Reynolds's "Too Soon for Jeff" a few months ago, and while it wasn't great, it wasn't bad either. I had similar hopes for "Beyond Dreams," but I found myself in for a disappointment. Once again, the sixty-year-old author tries so hard to convince teens she understands them that it comes across as condescending and creepy. I'm not surprised another reviewer here mentioned being required to use one of the stories in this book in the classroom; it's not great literature by any means, but it's the sort of thing adults expect teens to be able to relate to, though I find it hard to imagine that anyone over the age of twelve would pick this up for pleasure reading. Perhaps the best thing I can say about this book is that it packs the chummy didacticism, superficial moral ambiguity, and cliched outcomes of six after-school specials into a tidy little package you can consume in the time it would take to actually watch two.

In the first story, "Only If You Think So," Reynolds introduces us to Jason, who's got bad grades and an attitude to match. Jason has been kicked out of Hamilton High, and as the story opens, he's getting started at Sojourner High, the local continuation school. Now, I was a top student in my day, but if I had the choice, I'd pick Sojourner over Hamilton in a heartbeat. Who would have known that a continuation school would have a science lab full of animals (including a boa constrictor), an English teacher who spends her own money to supply her students with reading material, and an open approach to education that allows students to learn pretty much on their own terms with a minimum of structure? Is it any wonder that Jason not only manages to turn his own life around, but transforms into a veritable beacon of positive influence, spouting cliches and inspiring his deadbeat father to turn over a new leaf?

"Baby Help," the story of a teen mother in an abusive relationship, is perhaps the best story in the collection. Melissa may be able to convince herself that it isn't so bad that her boyfriend hits her once in a while, but when she sees the effect their dysfunctional home environment is having on their daughter, she's inspired to reach out for help. The setup is contrived and almost cutesy, but it's impossible not to sympathize with Melissa's struggle.

"What If?" is the story of Paul, who awakens from a coma to learn that he was involved in a car crash in which his best friend was killed. This is a tender story of grief, up until the end when Paul reveals to his dead friend's brother that he feared the accident was his fault, as he'd had two or three beers that afternoon. The brother assures Paul that two or three beers spaced out over the course of several hours would hardly be enough to get him drunk. This is an accurate statement, but Reynolds's handling of the matter is profoundly irresponsible. It's true that Paul doesn't deserve the burden of guilt he's been carrying, but at the same time, Reynolds glosses over the fact that even enough alcohol to induce a slight "buzz" may be enough to affect a person's judgement and reaction time, and that inexperienced young drivers especially have no business getting behind the wheel of a car in such a state. I know she's trying to describe "true-to-life" experiences without coming across as preachy, but since her purpose is to open her readers' minds about social issues they may face, it would certainly behoove her not to condone such dangerous behavior even by implication.

The main character in "For Ethan and Me" is Christy Calderon, who had a son with Jeff Browning in "Too Soon for Jeff." When a careless, one-night fling with a friend results in a second pregnancy, Christy feels she has no choice but to have an abortion. The girl who went into fits when anyone mentioned abortion the first time around, certain she'd be haunted forever by her baby's ghost if she were to do such a thing, doesn't even struggle much with her decision this time around. It never occurs to her to put the baby up for adoption. She doesn't look to the father for assistance; in fact, she never even tells him she's pregnant, and makes this out to be a great favor she's doing him. So much for HIS rights. Christy repeatedly emphasizes that this is something she has to do for the sake of her son (oh, and for her own sake too, of course). Anti-abortion protesters are characterized as hateful and uncaring, while those involved in helping Christy get the abortion are kind and supportive. Afterwards, Christy feels relief with only a token twinge of guilt. I don't have a problem with fiction in which characters make decisions I don't approve, but this is propaganda, not a thoughtful exploration of a complex subject. I am disgusted.

The title story, "Beyond Dreams," is pretty good, though a bit artificial. The protagonist, a Vietnamese immigrant, calls herself Tammy at school and speaks only English, while at home she is Trinh and speaks only Vietnamese. A class discussion about racial slurs starts her thinking about what this dual identity really means, but it is only when a cousin newly arrived from Vietnam reveals a long-forgotten secret from her family's past that Tammy/Trinh truly feels ready to embrace her integrated identity as a Vietnamese-American.

The last thing I expected after reading "Beyond Dreams" was a story full of unsavory regional stereotypes, but that's exactly what I got in "Uncle Tweetie." Supposedly a story about dealing with "aging relatives," this is actually a poignant account of what happens when a modern young man from California is forced to share his bedroom with an eccentric old hick from Arkansas (now, don't pretend that never happened to YOU). Uncle Tweetie was born into a family that had so many children, they literally stopped trying to come up with names for them all (which might sound like a good thing, considering that other members of the family have names like Cleopatra and Precious, until you learn that Tweetie's brother is known exclusively as Goober). Tweetie uses snuff, carries on daily conversations with his dead wife Chickee, and wakes Josh at the crack of dawn every morning by singing hymns in bed. When Josh asks Tweetie if he was ever tempted to have sex before marriage, and Tweetie reminisces about how he was rarin' to go at the age of twelve, "seein' the animals and the crops live their natural lives" on the family farm, the reader may have a hard time figuring out whether to laugh, cry, throw the book across the room, or submit a manuscript to Morning Glory Press on the assumption that they'll publish ANYTHING.

Unless you like clumsy dialogue and unoriginal plots delivered with a touch of condescension, don't bother with "Beyond Dreams."
Waiso
Beyond Dreams (Hamilton High series)
As a substitute teacher, I was required to use the story "For Ethan and Me" from "Beyond Dreams." I was shocked that the only alternative for pregnant teenage girl, Christina Calderon, was to have an abortion. Irresponsible sex with a casual friend led to pregnancy. The pregnancy was referred to as "cells" and how hard it would be to have ANOTHER baby, and how her father didn't do enough to help her and how another pregnancy would be too hard for her mother. Irresponsible behavior is glossed over, this teenage girl was drinking wine coolers when she had intercourse with the man she became pregnant by this time. He was never told she was pregnant and as a father his rights were completely ignored. At no time were her parents involved in her decision. We have to remember that Christina was still a minor. She had the abortion and was accompanied by a teenage friend to the clinic who had also had an abortion.

I have not read any of the other stories in this book. I will NOT recommend it as a matter of fact I condemn it for promoting abortion. It is not only that I dislike this book, I am disgusted by the author's emotional writing style in her attempt to influence teens.

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