In this book, students from a special school for teen mothers share their insights on pregnancy, parenting, and staying in school.
VOYAWhen a teen still in high school finds out that she is pregnant, she might feel very alone, as if none of her friends could possibly understand her situation. Every plan and dream for the future seems to be crashing down around her. How could she care for a baby? How could she miss high school? How could her life be so horribly ruined? This book offers the honest solace of girls who have walked down that path and thrived. Each one tells her story, sometimes in just a paragraph or two, accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the girl and her baby. The stories, so intensely poignant for each girl, actually have a predictable rhythm. At first, the girl is unable to believe that such a thing could happen to her. They are all so afraid to tell. Sometimes their news is received with support and sometimes rejection. Most feel strongly that they want to keep their babies throughout their pregnancy. In every story, though, are outpourings of love and gratitude for the child, however difficult motherhood has proven to be. Some selections are eloquent, revealing, and moving; others are little more than recitations. There is no doubt, however, about the authenticity. Here is a great book for any collection, but it is especially vital for librarians and teachers who regularly work with pregnant teensto show them that there is hope and there is a chance for success. Photos. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Fairview Press, 89p, . Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Diane Masla SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
Daycare & Diplomas featured brief essays by teen mothers who remained in school to pursue their education and secure their eventual graduation from high school. Each contributor speaks with candor on the issues the specifically pertain to being pregnant and in school, providing invaluable insight and authority to their explanations and commentaries of what they had to cope with and how they were able to succeed. Recommended reading for adolescent girls (and boys), Daycare & Diplomas is a very highly advocated addition to high school library and counseling center collections, and is also very informative reading for parents and friends of girls facing the challenges of child-bearing, school attendance, and educational achievement.
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