Coping with a Negative World in a Positive Way

Coping with a Negative World in a Positive Way

by Stephen C. Rose

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9-12 A high-school history class is instructed to break up into small groups to discuss the topic: ``How Do You Cope with a Negative World in a Positive Way?'' The rest of the book follows one of these fictionalized groups as the students in it ponderously explore value concepts such as democracy, courage, friendship, patience, tolerance, love, andabove alltheir responsibility in the world. They go on field trips, they keep journals, and they reveal to each other their own life stories. Mel Rankin, the skeptic, talks about his family's Holocaust experiences. Ken Bartlett, a black athlete and a realist, discusses the value of helping by focusing on his family's struggle with poverty and discrimination. Betsy Williams (``bright, well-off'') confesses that a lack of parental attention has resulted in her feeling aloof and alienated. Etc. Then the book follows up on these teens seven years later. The students depicted in this contrived book-length sermon are wooden and predictable, and they exist primarily as mouthpieces of ideas. Their dialogue is forced and mechanical and punctuated often with comments like ``Good point'' and ``I agree with the thrust of what you're saying.'' Although the ideas presented here are important and provocative subjects, this is a hokey and didactic treatment of them. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego

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Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Coping Ser.
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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