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Bring Them Back Alive: Helping Teens Get Out and Stay Out of Trouble Paperback – July 28, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

With 40 years of experience helping teenagers "straighten out their lives," U.S. Department of Labor regional director de Olivares clearly knows how to communicate with disenfranchised youths. Unfortunately, his gifts don’t translate well into writing. Of course, there’s no quick fix for violence, drug use or even the less-dramatic manifestations of teen frustration. But de Olivares doesn’t offer any practical advice until this book’s fourth chapter and, even then, his advice is couched in non-specific language like "The river floods and destroys your home. You can’t control that. But if it is the third time in ten years a flood has destroyed your home, you may want to consider rebuilding on higher ground." This, and countless other similar nuggets, seem too theoretical to be of use to parents whose households are electrified with adolescent angst. That said, the book’s section on establishing a non-threatening relationship—where de Olivares describes his "ARC" approach ( accountability, respect and consistency)—is helpful. De Olivares’s explanation of why these principles are important may provide much-needed inspiration for the disillusioned and battle-weary.
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I have a 16-year old grandson I've raised. I'm using your techniques at home and he is responding. Thank you. (D.H., San Antonio, TX)

This book is excellent in terms of helping understand why teenagers get into trouble. Additionally, I consider it to be a textbook for community change. It gives a message of faith and optimism that should give us new resolve in the never-ending community building obligations that we all share. (Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, Executive Director Emeritus, NAACP)

Presents a compelling, sensible explanation of why and how young people make the choice between the street and the mainstream. More importantly, it presents a practical, effective strategy that positions adults to engage youth currently living the street life in a process that will guide them to become productive adults. (Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Author of But I'm almost 13! (McGraw-Hill))

Takes the reader on a thought provoking journey, filled with poignant observations, sound conclusions and practical advice. The hard hitting text will resonate with anyone who has dealt with the frustrating complexities of teenage turmoil. (Dr. F. Craig Sudbury, Vice President of Program Development, Management and Training Corporation)

A great tool with great insight. There are not many people in America who would not benefit from reading this book (Col. Herbert P. Fritts (Retired), Director, Louisiana National Guard Job Challenge Program)

Provides practical insight from the author's own experiences on the streets and his work with troubled youth. His writing [style] and extensive use of examples allow for easy reading and application of his advice. (Youth Today)

A powerful book. I have a teenage daughter and the book is now a part of my must-have-toolkit. (M.K., Washington, DC)

Clearly aimed at people who are out in the trenches dealing with teenagers, and well crafted to reach those people. It makes a great deal of sense. (Dr. Donald Arnstine, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of California - Davis. Author of Democracy and the Arts of Schooling (SUNY Pre)

A must read for anyone who knows a teenager in trouble or headed for trouble. The premise of the book is brilliant, and the suggested interventions are actual tools that work! We have purchased a copy for every employee in our company. (Dr. Jennifer Wild, President, Applied Technology Systems, Inc.)

It is definitely an eye opener and a useful tool for those of us who work with or have teenagers in our home or care on a daily basis. (Booker T. Jones, President and CEO, MINACT, Inc.)

Tough, practical, and hopeful steps recommended. (Linda Beck, Library Journal)

Indispensable to anyone who parents or teaches adolescents. De Olivares offers a list of practical suggestions for fostering mutual-respect. More than a how-to guide. (Teacher Magazine)

A clear explanation of how and why teens cross into the dangerous at-risk lifestyle. (VOYA)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1st Taylor Trade Pub. Ed edition (July 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589791282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589791282
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nominally I would take at face value and trust the review given by Publishers Weekly (above). IN this case though, I believe the public would be given a disservice if some of the finer feautures of the book were not pointed out. PW might be too myopic about writing style rather than a concerted focus on the issues this book tackles. I would wholeheartedly recommend 'Bring Them Back Alive' to any person involved in youth advocacy, for any parent concerned with their teen in any way, for any person who seeks to understand the state of mind of todays disenfranchised youth. It is ironic that as the use of the Internet adds a dazzingly real and potentially profound twist in the stages of development for teens as a potent force of influence, that there would seem to be no main throught stream in juniour adult psychology yet to address this burgeoning issue. Perhaps it shows how little we know. This, in fact, has always been the case of we representative adults and always been the main gap between adults and teens. How little we know and how much we choose to selectively forget about our own formative years. This has been the focus on this book. i.e. How to better understand and overcome that gap. The book doesnt use complex jargon based on demographics and studies and analysis or heavy wording or flow charts, but nor does it waver towards the overly simplistic. It cuts across and dissects both to reveal a mosaic look on the complexities of the problem of teens gravitating towards trouble in our society, and suggests that the best way to tackle the problem is to have your tack motivated from an angle of understanding first. It does not offer easy solutions or "tough love" type geared answers and anyone reading it should be prepared to roll up their sleeves a little.Read more ›
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I remember reading this book at the public library before, and i always want to actually have a copy myself. As a young person myself, this book knows how young people are of this generation. I find myself agreeing with a lot of what it mentions. Beginning surrounded by people my age and on, it was important for me to read on the viewpoint of an adult and as another person.

I really loved this book!!! On the look, the book was thin so very quick to read again, the font was very large so reading was easier.
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