I am loving, loving, loving the book Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger. Youth Communications does such a great job of supporting kids in finding their voice. These stores, 18 in all, are terrific. Most, if not all, are from kids in the foster care system and clearly show the reasons why kids act out violently: abuse, neglect, loss of father, mother, siblings, a lot of hurt inside. Each person’s story is unique and filled with satisfying details of what and how they have overcome as well as real solutions they utilize in their lives. VOYA put it on it’s best of Nonfiction List, and for good reason. We have nominated it for our Best Books for Teens In the Margins list as well – results out in January.
From the publisher: These teens have plenty of reasons to be angry: parental abuse, street violence, peer pressure, powerlessness, and more. The writers talk honestly about anger managing as they struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others and themselves.
Real Teen Voices Series
Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Each piece has been selected and edited to appeal to reluctant and emerging readers as young as seventh grade. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.
Vicious: True Stores by Teens about Bullying
The wonderful Hazel Rochman writes: Drawn straight from the world of contemporary teens, this volume collects 20 young people’s true experiences of bullying at school, on the street, and online. Each of the chapters is filled with interactive personal scenarios that will make for great group discussions about the isolation of the victim, the cruelty of the perpetrator, the shame of both, and the helplessness of the bystander. Elie fights off his tormentors, but he loses his friends when he acts too tough with everyone. African American Shaniqua is teased for acting white. Bisexual Lavell feels hurt and alone until she finds acceptance with a LGBTQ group. Of course, cyberbullying is a huge problem, and in one case, the behavior spills over from Facebook into a real-life threat. Part of the Real Teen Voices series, this title includes a brief final chapter about how adults can help. There are no pat solutions: one teen who decides to stop letting ugly remarks get to him realizes that that’s easier said than done. It is that honesty that will keep teens engaged. Grades 6-10.
Also in this series: Pressure: True Stories by Teens about Stress
Everything by this publisher has been right on and well done. Youth Communication helps marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, so that they can succeed in school and at work and contribute to their communities. Find more resources at Youth Communications
My Teens also read Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp