From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up—Hood addresses readers directly in this guide, beginning with section and chapter titles like "Diabetes Is Yours...Deal with It" and "Get Your Priorities Straight," which firmly establish the importance of teens being advocates for themselves. The book's structure is easy enough to follow: aspects of teen life (peer pressure, family, school, sexual health) affected by diabetes get thorough coverage by way of explanations of the chapter's objective examples and a concluding summary called "Putting It All Together." Tips on overcoming barriers to taking care of oneself, communicating with friends and family, and recognizing a team of supports will help affected teens take charge of their conditions. While there are some strategies here that all teens could benefit from, like ways to achieve a compromise and the steps for problem-solving, the book is geared for more personal use by young people dealing with the disease.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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With conversational prose, contemporary references, and scenarios that will resonate with teens, clinical psychologist Hood offers an accessible, supportive resource for youth diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. Covering a broad array of topics, from preventing “diabetes burnout” to managing medical needs in multiple settings, Hood provides practical advice about coping strategies, decision making, and even conflict resolution. Each chapter features an informative overview followed by specifics facts and a summary, and quizzes, checklists, and sample scripts enliven the text. Throughout, Hood emphasizes the importance of professional medical care and the value of self-advocacy and support. Also offered are frank guidelines for how diabetes may impact alcohol and drug use as well as sex. This direct, positive, encouraging title will help teens prioritize and manage their diabetes for better emotional and physical well-being. General medical information and suggested resources, including organizations to contact, round out the appended material. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld