on May 10, 2000
My mother gave me this book when I was a kid. I just found my old copy, read it again, and decided my 13-year-old absolutely must have a copy (though I'm not about to part with mine)! I'm thrilled to see it still in print!
Margaret Burns writes wonderfully for adolescents. It's such a tough age for kids, and they're pretty sure they're the center of the universe. Ms. Burns points out (in ways they might actually listen to) all the things that you really wish you could impress upon them, but can't since you've been relegated to the role of "dumb grown-up" for the next ten years.
She really gives them a chance to think about what kind of kid they really want to be, emphasizing that the choice is really theirs, and without telling kids what their values ought to be. (That part is stil up to parents.) It's an important lesson for kids to learn, and this book is a great tool.
on January 9, 2008
I am pushing 30 and I still remember this book fondly -- not just a vague sense of it, but actual information from it! I read it over and over when I was a kid. It's very unique in that it doesn't talk down to kids but also doesn't take on that faux-sassy tone that so much material for this age does. It prepares them for entering the adult world, which is very thrilling to a pre-teen. There's information about laws and civic responsibilities and... it probably sounds boring, but it's NOT. It's all how these things apply to kids and how adults have treated kids over the years. Fun little cartoons throughout. Highly recommended!