This groundbreaking anthology presents the freshest young writers and thinkers--age 19 and under--on important issues of our time. From ethnic relations to individual identity, international politics to voting rights, divorce to gay marriage, standardized testing to popular culture, these authors tackle the subjects they care about most. Hip Deep collects its youth voices from many sources: editorials, radio journals, essays, commentary, spoken word, web articles, and more. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye calls Hip Deep a collection to wipe the sorrowful spin of news from our eyes and ears, to remind us there is truth out there somewhere, and it's young as well as timeless, and it feels wonderful to find it. This is a book for every teacher, every high school, every parent, and every person in this land who cares about the intriguing, necessary stories of young lives.