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Born in 1990, Claire became a vegan and an activist at fifteen. She is the author of Generation V: the Complete Guide to Going, Being, and Staying Vegan as a Teenager and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, VegNews, Fiske Real College Essays that Work, and others. Raised in the Midwest, she now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she studies English and gender studies at a small liberal arts college.

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Generation V: The Complete Guide to Going, Being, and Staying Vegan as a Teenager
Author: Claire Askew
Publisher: PM Press/Tofu Hound
ISBN: 978-1-60486-338-3
Published: March 2011
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 8.5 by 5.5
Subjects: Food-Vegetarianism, Philosophy-Ethics

Going vegan is the single most important thing you can do if you want to get serious about animal rights. Yet, going vegan isn't always easy when you're young. You're living under your parents' roof, you probably don't buy your own groceries, and your friends, family, and teachers might look at you like you're nuts. So, how do you do it?

In this essential guide for the curious, aspiring, and current teenage vegan, Claire Askew draws on her years of experience as a teenage vegan and provides the tools for going vegan and staying vegan as a teen. Full of advice, stories, tips, and resources, Claire covers topics like: how to go vegan and stay sane; how to tell your parents so they don't freak out; how to deal with friends who don't get it; how to eat and stay healthy as a vegan; how to get out of dissection assignments in school; and tons more. Whether you're a teenager who is thinking about going vegan or already vegan, this is the ultimate resource, written by someone like you, for you.


“An essential guide that covers all bases…this first effort is a welcome surprise”

“A book that is genuine and heartfelt while also being funny, personal, and theoretically rigorous
--Bob Torres in the Vegetarian Journal

“This book is motivational, inspiring, resourceful and practical.”

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Generation V: A Review
By Mark Robison
Reno Gazette Journal
June 29th, 2011

Generation V is short and superb. It’s exactly the book I wish I’d had in my teens — and it’s the kind of book I’d write now. It’s conversational yet packs a ton of information with everything you’d want to know: how to deal with parents and friends (with responses to most questions you’ll get hit with), what you need to know healthwise, books to check out, companies that make vegan beauty products, vegan musicians and songs (including the music video below), resource websites, websites to meet other vegan teens, recipes (including the one below), how to leaflet and do other outreach activities, quotes (including the one from Matt Ball above), and much more.

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Generation V: A Review
By Madelene Rathbun Barnard
October, 2011

Hold the mayo and enjoy this delicious vegan title. In fact, no eggs, dairy, meats or any other animal products were harmed in the making of this book.  This book covers being vegan as a teenager.  This is a street-wise read for any teen considering veganism. This self-help guide not only covers the rudimentary guidelines, but it also provides the nutrition tools and consumer-health products caveats necessary to sustain a vegan life.

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