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How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out Paperback – May 15, 2014
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Gr 7 Up—The first edition of this etiquette guide for teens, published in 1997, is now itself a teenager. This updated edition tackles social media, Google, and the ubiquity of cell phones, travel post 9/11, cyberbullying, and online gaming—but the heart of the book remains the same. Packer explains what good manners are and why they are important, covering hundreds of situations and offering brief, lighthearted advice on how to maneuver them with proper behavior. From introductions to thank-you notes to asking someone to a movie (or the opera) to food shopping to email to hygiene, Packer has sensible if strict advice on how to behave. His style is reminiscent of a smart, slightly silly uncle giving guidance with good cheer. There are many lists, bullet points, and charts. Most topics are covered in a pithy page or two, with small cartoons scattered throughout. Packer conducted three online surveys to gather information from teens, parents, and teachers, and some pages of survey results are presented in appropriate chapters. Packer also tells "True Stories from the Manners Frontier"; these tales of bad manners are enclosed in sidebars at least once per chapter. This is a fun guide that teens may dip into when facing a confounding situation, and Packer's good nature and good sense make it a useful book for most collections, including those that already own the original version.—Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT
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The book is peppered with short paragraphs by the author called 'True Stories from the Manners Frontier,' where the author gives first-hand examples of manners challenges from his real life, some of which are hilarious. Each chapter ends with a Chapter Quiz - an amusing and light send-up of old-style textbooks, but always with a humorous twist and best of all, no right answers! I was surprised and pleased to get to chapters with topics one doesn't always think of when it comes to manners: funerals, people with disabilities, sex (Sex-Ediquette) - approached responsibly and age-appropriately - and all things digital (Netiquette).
I highly recommend this book for parents, teachers, counselors or grandparents who want to know more about social media and the role it plays in young people's lives today. And I recommend it most of all for teens since understanding the role of good manners is increasingly necessary in today's rather uncivilized world.
The book has already proven to be a lively topic of discussion at the dinner table, and I'm planning to use it in teaching when we're on the topic of character, success and social skills, which is practically daily.
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