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Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines
     

Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines

by Marc Gellman, Thomas Harman, Tom Hartman
 

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How can we cope in a world filled with pollution, poverty, and violence? In our media-centric society, this is a question that kids come face-to-face with at increasingly young ages. And ever since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, our personal safety has never felt more in danger.
With their unique combination of sensitivity, insight, and

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How can we cope in a world filled with pollution, poverty, and violence? In our media-centric society, this is a question that kids come face-to-face with at increasingly young ages. And ever since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, our personal safety has never felt more in danger.
With their unique combination of sensitivity, insight, and humor drawn from their years of counseling experience as clerics, nationally known commentators Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman address such front-page tragedies as hate crimes, terrorism, school and sports violence, and substance abuse. After exploring some of the complex factors that lead such tragedies to happen, each chapter addresses what small but important steps might be taken in order to prevent them from happening again. And although some "bad stuff" is unavoidable, they invite readers to discover how simple acts of comfort can make a big difference.

This essential handbook for today's modern youth will help kids and parents deal with confusing, troubling, or scary events, while showing them how to take part in repairing the broken world around them.

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KLIATT
Authors Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman, known together as the "God Squad," have authored children's books on serious topics such as loss, grief, and God's place in today's world. This new title is a collaborative effort to help kids see that the world is not as bad a place as it may seem. Bad Stuff deals with understanding terrorism, hunger, domestic violence, addiction, hate, and both natural and unnatural environmental disasters. The authors offer alternative and enlightening perspectives on world issues while still keeping faith in God. They are concerned about the consequences of children "getting more and more bummed out by all of the bad stuff in the news." Kids who are regularly exposed to suffering may become afraid or worse yet, uncaring cynics. Readers are reminded, "there's a way to keep your faith and watch the news." Bad Stuff provides comfort and insight into disconcerting life events, but some readers might feel uncomfortable with the overlying theme of religion as a means of coping. YAs might find themselves too overwhelmed by the issues to read the whole book in one sitting. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, SeaStar Books, North-South Books, 116p. illus.,
— Jennifer Banas

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587171321
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
01/31/2002
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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Rabbi Marc Gellman is one half of the well-known "God Squad," along with Monsignor Thomas Hartman. The two are authors of Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss and How Do You Spell God? Answers to the Big Questions from Around the World. He

Monsignor Thomas Harman is one half of the well-known "God Squad," along with Rabbi Marc Gellman. The two are authors of Lost and Found: A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss and How Do You Spell God? Answers to the Big Questions from Around the World. He

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