At the time I compiled this, I had edited two collections of short stories: STAY TRUE: Short Stories for Strong Girls (Scholastic) and I BELIEVE IN WATER: Twelve Brushes with Religion (HarperCollins). The contributors to these two anthologies and several editors from different publishing houses attempted to answer this perennial question. Included are comments by Gregory Maguire, Jacqueline Woodson, M.E. Kerr, Virginia Euwer Wolff and many others.
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