cover image The Dear One

The Dear One

Jacqueline Woodson. Laurel Leaf Library, $3.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-440-21420-5

In PW 's words, ``Woodson's deep understanding of and concern for the role of black women in society is evident as she eloquently introduces the reader to teenage pregnancy, alternate lifestyles and adoption in her moving, powerful story.'' Ages 12-up. (Jan.)