From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A guide for youngsters in their "tween" years. Written in a lively manner, the book addresses changing bodies, health, emotions, privacy, family issues, dating, school, peer pressure, and time management. There are examples of different types of situations or problems that might arise and numerous ideas and suggestions to try. Sidebars recommend hot lines, Web sites, and books (including a number published by Free Spirit). An orderly table of contents and complete index allow students to browse through portions of particular interest. Humorous, black-and-white cartoon illustrations and diagrams are scattered throughout. There are a few blank charts and questionnaires with the recommendation that readers photocopy them before filling them out. All in all, an informative, helpful resource.Leslie Ann Lacika, Dingman-Delaware Middle School, Dingman's Ferry, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This comprehensive guide offers preteens seven chapters filled with information and advice to help ease the transition from childhood to adolesence. A "survival tip" begins each chapter. The first tip, "Get used to your changing body," presents the greatest challenge for middle-schoolers. The authors handle this sensitive subject very well, discussing the body changes of boys and girls using appropriate terms like penis
, and briefly describing events that occur during puberty, such as erection and ejaculation, and the onset of menstruation. Other chapters cover self-esteem, family relationships, friendships, school and extracurricular activities. The final tip, "Take charge of your life," gives some good advice on making choices and managing time and money. Sprinkled throughout the book are humorous cartoon drawings; reproducible fill-in pages, including an online safety contract, budget chart, and goal-setting guide; kid quotes; and listings of print and online resources. Lauren PetersonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved