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"All [tips] are incredibly useful. In fact, the advice would be helpful for all kids...As long as our educational system attaches labels to children, this title will serve as a useful tool for those designated as 'gifted'."  - School Library Journal

"This book was written for gifted students, what fun it was to read as an adult...terrific book" - Gifted Education Communicator

About the Author

Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press Inc. (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593635443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593635442
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an author of both nonfiction and YA novels, I have dedicated my life to helping people of all ages find their voice in a noisy world. In fiction, I craft psychological thrillers and sweeping romances that will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride through through the darker aspects of humanity, exploring themes that include sacrifice, love, and madness. My titles include the Gothic romance, the Requiem Series, and the Phantom of the Opera Inspired psychological thriller, Transcend.

In nonfiction, I draw on my training as an educational psychologist and address the issues of emotional intensity, resiliency, and giftedness, writing books for children, teens, parents and educators. My titles include Quiet Kids, the Girl Guide and Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students.

I live in Southern California with my husband and daughters. When I am not working with children or hanging out with the family, I can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at my favorite coffee shop as I write my next book or play around online. For more information at me or my work, visit me at http://christinefonseca.com.

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This won't be a normal review. It is a record of Ms. Fonesca's book in a trial situation with three of my gifted children. A girl age 11, a boy age 13, and a girl age 14.
On first impression each child liked with the layout of the book and the easy way they found sections turning the book sidewise and thumbing the pages. I asked them to take the book in their backpack to school and to see if it helped when there was a problem or a situation that made them feel frustrated.
Each child had been having problems either with peers or with teachers. There's always something, right? The 11 year-old seemed quickest to grasp the concepts and more accepting that the answers would help. Maybe because of her age, her ideas and the way she sees the world is less set in stone. She found the secrets of test taking and went to town, bringing her test scores up from C's and B's to mostly A's. What I discovered is that as a parent, I can tell them to study for tests until I'm blue in the face and they won't. But if they read it in this book then of course they need to study.
The 13 year-old boy found the secrets about getting along with your peers to be the most helpful. They brought him out of his own head long enough to focus on others and to see them as individuals. He made the friend cards suggested. It made him more agreeable to others and I've noticed that his social circle has grown considerably. He also utilized the suggestions on how to deal with bullying and made a huge difference not only in his own experience, but in that of several classmates.
The 14 year old girl found the most help in the sections that pertained to emotion. She was able to deal with her own intensity in a calmer way and learned more tolerance.
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It is missing the group of gifted kids that are under achievers, not all gifted kids are over achievers. If your child falls into the under achieving category, I could see how this book could actually hurt instead of help.
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As an education student, I am drawn to advice books about children. It's rare to come across one written FOR children by someone who knows what they are talking about. Author and school psychologist, Christine Fonseca takes a head on approach to showing gifted children how to deal with bullying, friendships, and sibling rivalry - as has been the case in my family.

101 Success Secrets...is not written for the stereotypical intellectual child - we educators know better. The interior contains fun fonts, androgynous designs, and age and circumstance appropriate words. My favorite parts are the frequent tidbits of advice provided by children themselves! Fonseca does not forget the parents, she includes advice straight from the mouths of parents of gifted children. Your child is not in this alone.

As the title implies, this is the ultimate handbook. And indeed, it is also a workbook complete with TRUE and FALSE questions and areas for writing.

101 Success Secrets should be stuffed in EVERY child's backpack, where frayed pages and Kool-Aid stains are A-okay. I am excited to share this book with my nieces and nephews as they move through different stages in their education. Their self-worth will be greatly augmented by the exercises and words of the book.

Christine Fonseca's 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Guide is a tool I believe should be utilized in every household where children run up and down the halls and crash into a mass of pillows to enjoy a good book. Heck, every upper elementary classroom needs copies as well.
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This handbook for the gifted child - and parents of gifted children - is like having a terrific guidebook while visiting Paris. Sure you could get through Paris without it - and obviously have a really great time although randomly. With it, however, you have the ability to make great choices, get the most out of the visit - as well as understand those down moments like knowing when you've gotten 'lost' and finding - more easily - your way back to where it is you want to go. It lessens the burden about having to know by guessing what really you couldn't have guessed because you'd never been there before; and, although lost moments are inevitable, there's less panic - less worry - because your guidebook mentioned this would happen. You know you're okay - or in danger (time to ask for help) - when you can read about what's typical - leading to an even more incredible journey.

Even though this book is geared toward younger kids and their school experience, with many quotes from children ages 9 to 14, I plan to read some parts of this book with my high school age gifted child as sort of a pat on the back that he made it through the 'lost' parts, alone, on his own, having grown from his achievements, nonetheless. If you are a gifted child, or the parent of a gifted child, buy this book and read it for the emotionally supportive information, at least. It would not be ridiculous to have read this book as early as a child's sixth month in age, even though most parents are not aware their child is gifted until the educational system 'labels' the child through academics. I guess its impossible to have exactly the 'right' guidebook at all times, and the lost moments in life are sometimes necessary.
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