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For Better, For Worse: A Guide To Surviving Divorce For Preteens And Their Families Hardcover – February 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689819455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689819452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Divided into two parts, the first "For girls and boys," the second for parents, For Better, For Worse: A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and Their Families by Janet Bode and Stan Mack offers quotes from children who have lived through their parents' divorce and encourages parents to talk with their children with practical tips. Some children give anecdotes in the form of cartoons, some through poetry, and there is a recurring "Kid problem, Kid solutions" section. By keeping the focus on children, often in their own words, the authors present a variety of situations and experiences to validate the reader's own predicament.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-In this refreshingly honest book, seven preteens discuss their experiences with divorce-stepparents, custody arrangements, remarriage, money woes, and more. One uses a comic-strip format; many others comment briefly or share their advice, poetry, and art. Their stories reflect agony, confusion, and the occasional flash of humor. Even the brief comments prove heartrending: "We moved from a house to an apartment," says 12-year-old Alice. "Through the walls I can hear my mom and her latest boyfriend having sex. I hate it." Others seem more accepting of the changes in their lives. Therapists chime in at the end of each narrative to offer insight and remind kids that they aren't to blame. But the best statements, offered bluntly and without sugarcoating, come from the contributors themselves. Their remarks are revealing-for example, 12-year-old Brandon says the best thing about divorce is that "You can get out of trouble because you have a good excuse, the divorce." Others offer strategies for manipulating feuding parents. Readers will recognize and appreciate the honesty here, and the fact that no one offers easy answers. The second part of the book is aimed at divorcing parents, which does seem slightly out of place in what is primarily a forum for young voices. Still, For Better, for Worse is a useful resource for preteens who need to know they are not alone.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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