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Elin Stebbins Waldal is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

''Tornado Warning is an excellent first person account of intimate partner violence. As a pediatrician who has cared for girls who have been affected by dating violence and as a mother of 3 girls (ages 15, 13 and 12) this book tackles an emotionally challenging topic, yet something that must not be ignored. One theme that rings true in the book and in my observations is that dating violence can affect anyone, and young women are especially vulnerable. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who was interested in understanding the dynamics of initmate partner violence. By having a better understanding, we may be able to work towards prevention and early intervention.'' --Dr. Heidi M. Sallee, Pediatric Program Director at St. Louis University Dept. of Pediatrics

''These are the tales they don't tell you when you are looking at real estate in places like Old Greenwich, CT, where Waldal grew up. It can happen anywhere, even the good neighborhoods.'' --Library Journal

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This book gripped me from the first page. Read it now for the inside story on teen dating violence and what to look out for. Elin's honesty, compelling experience and simply beautiful writing deliver a message every parent and granparent needs to get. Don't wait."
                           -Nancy Gruver, founder of New Moon Girls, author of How to Say it to Girls

"A beautifully written must read for young women on discovering their immense inner power and unshakable fortitude."
                                                -Kate Whitfield, author of The Empowered Gal's 9 Life Lessons
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sound Beach Publishing (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982981309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982981306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tornado Warning is one of the most powerful, heart wrenching true stories that I have been fortunate enough to read. The author courageously describes in chilling detail her late teen years suffering intolerable abuse at the hands of a narcissist.

Growing up in a well-to-do area and attending a good school many would falsely believe there wouldn't be incidents of abuse. The author clearly highlights abuse is extensive and not contained to a particular socioeconomic group. Throughout our - civilized - society abuse is rife. I felt deep sorrow as she describes the vicious cycle of living in an abusive relationship. By uncovering the ghastly truth, she is reaching out to others that may travel the same frightful journey. As it is often said, prevention is better than cure, which is what makes Tornado Warning a vital book to read.

I strongly believe this brilliantly written book should be made available to all secondary colleges and libraries across the country----as the information contained inside could save your child, my child, or a friend. After finishing reading this powerful true story has left this reader with the utmost respect for the author. Highly recommended reading for all.
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This was a very good book discussed in my club this month. It sparked a lot of discussion particularly for those who have teenage children. While some discussion centered around personal experience and past relationships most people were thinking about how to help their sons and daugthers not fall into the trap of a violent (or controlling) relationship.

The book was well written and a fast paced read. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has teens.
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Tornado Warning stands alone as just an extremely well written great read (although it could also be used quite effectively as a wake up call for parents of teens). A friend recommended this book and because I prefer non-fiction, I bit.
This true account of a teenagers struggle with young love and abuse is one of the most captivating books I have ever read. The authors family background and strong self esteem give no basis for the usual patterns associated with abuse victims, making it that much more interesting. The personal vulnerability the author provides us is, I believe, the key to the books powerful affect...I couldn't put it down. The descriptions of both past and present experiences are so vividly and beautifully worded that on more than one occasion, I was moved emotionally. Knowing that she successfully overcomes the emotional damage from the intense abuse, makes me want to cheer.
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Great read. I would recommend it to anyone. Hands down one of the most powerful autobiographies (if not the most powerful) I have ever read. The pace of the book was well put, Elin's writing style really reflects two different perspectives: one as the young, naive, lovestruck girl, and the survivor, who endured a lifetime's worth of suffering, but has the courage to share her experience to educate others about the less portrayed side of dating and relationships. Thank you Elin for putting down a nightmare down into words, Tornado Warning was touching, and really showed me how strong of a person you are to be able to put your story out there for everyone to read. Read it, tell others about it, spread the awareness so one less person won't have to go through what Elin had to endure.
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Have you ever wondered how a woman could stay in an abusive relationship? This book gives you an intimate look at the thoughts and feelings of a young woman struggling to figure herself out, while dealing with incredible abuse. The beautiful part, is that you also get her perspective as a healthy wife and mother, looking back on the experience. Until you read about the slippery slope from love to violence, you cannot judge someone else. I highly recommend this book. It is well-written and draws you in from the beginning. I had the privilege of being in a book club meeting with the author. She is approachable, intelligent and strong. As a mother of 2 daughters entering the dating years, I appreciated the insight and discussion of things we can do as parents to be aware and involved in our childrens' lives.
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I could not put this book down.
Elin Stebbins Waldal's memoir "Tornado Warning" is a great read that inspires one to reach for the best in life. The candor and vulnerability in her writing draws you in and takes you with her during this tumultuous time in her life. You will feel for her pain and cheer for her triumphs!
While a must read for teens and parents, it is a truly fascinating book anyone would enjoy.
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Reading Tornado Warning was like watching the movie Apollo 13. You know it ends well, but you still get hooked in and caught up in the drama. Hard to put down. I love how Elin beautifully interwove her journals from the time of the abuse together with her insights of today to share her emotional and inspiring journey from hell to heaven. I commend her for having the courage to share her story in the hopes of helping others...she helped me, a parent of teenagers. Though I'm not a victim of physical abuse, her story opened my eyes and heart to the effects of emotional and verbal abuse in my life helping me to make positive changes. I am grateful for any book that helps me evolve into new levels of awareness for as we help ourselves, we help our children. I highly recommend this book to anyone ready to see the truth within all their relationships.
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