Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints, and How-Tos for Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning, and Having Fun

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Lists organize your thinking, focus your energy, free up time in your day (and space in your brain), and give you confidence. No wonder everyone loves lists: making them, reading them, checking things off on them. Most books of lists feature facts, statistics, or trivia. Life Lists for Teens is different. It’s not about the tallest this or the weirdest that. Instead, it’s a user’s guide to life.

Over 200 powerful self-help lists distill “big topics” like health and wellness, ...

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Overview


Lists organize your thinking, focus your energy, free up time in your day (and space in your brain), and give you confidence. No wonder everyone loves lists: making them, reading them, checking things off on them. Most books of lists feature facts, statistics, or trivia. Life Lists for Teens is different. It’s not about the tallest this or the weirdest that. Instead, it’s a user’s guide to life.

Over 200 powerful self-help lists distill “big topics” like health and wellness, relationships, feelings, creativity, personal safety, school, self-esteem, and problem-solving. Each list is like a mini self-help book—a starting-point for learning, thinking, and making positive choices and decisions. Some of the lists are practical: 6 Ways to Remember What You Study, 12 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends, 3 Rules for Doing Internet Research. Some are meant to motivate or inspire: 10 Goal-Setting Steps, 18 Great Reasons to Serve Others. Some are serious: 8 Tips for Coping with Tragedy or Disaster, 9 Symptoms of Major Depression, 10 Ways to Handle Hate Words and Slurs. And some are just for fun: The 8 Clown Commandments, 9 Tips for Changing Your Hair Color.

Any teen who has ever made a list will enjoy this book—as an inviting, enlightening read, a place to go to for quick advice, and a ready source of guidance and encouragement for all kinds of situations. These are lists that matter and teens will use them every day.

Hundreds of lists provide guidance in areas of young adult life as diverse as selecting a book or a hair color to selecting a mentor.

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“Well-organized...lots of useful information and teen appeal.”—School Library Journal 

“Good ideas for living life that will strike a chord with any teen—a ‘how-to-do-it’ manual for the road ahead.”—KLIATT

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VOYA
According to Espeland, the ancient Mesopotamians, the inventors of writing, started the list-making tradition of which readers of this advice handbook become part as soon as they crack the spine. Organized thematically, with lists about health and wellness, going online, staying safe, and school and learning, Espeland's book includes lists contributed by national organizations, such as the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health's tips for "coping with tragedy or disaster," toll-free numbers, and inspirational quotes. The lists cover a gamut of topics, from "things that really matter" to tips from the Chicago Police Department for staying safe on public transportation. Although these lists are certainly helpful, a number of the tips are not attributed to authoritative sources, and some of the experts cited seem fairly distant from teen experience. Certainly these contributors are experts-their credentials are included in the brief paragraph that explains each list-however, their lack of teen cultural authority might distance teen readers. A great resource for a high school career center, counseling office, or library, the book could provide a number of educational activities and discussions stemming from the list topics. There is no debating the value and social relevance of the information included; however, the presentation and general cultural unawareness of the text make this book a poor choice for the self-help teen reader. The Taste Berries for Teens series and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens (Hyperion, 2000), which have already generated teen popular interest, are trendier advice options for library circulation. Index. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; Forthe YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Free Spirit, 288p, Pattee
KLIATT
True to its title, Life Lists for Teens offers lists on everything from taking tests to bullying to helping suicidal friends, with advice, Web sites, phone numbers and addresses of helpful organizations, and more. Great quotes are interspersed throughout the text ("Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news"—Douglas Adams); however, there are no illustrations or pictures. Topics such as safety on the Internet are juxtaposed with taming your temper, handling embarrassment, reasons to write, and finding a good book. These are good ideas for living life that will strike a chord with any teen—a "how-to-do-it" manual for the road ahead. Solid signposts offer good guidance for the YA self-help section. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Free Spirit, 264p. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Rita Fontinha
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Covering various aspects of teen concerns, this book provides suggestions, tips, and hot-line numbers for readers seeking advice and referral information. It includes such topics as "Health and Wellness," "Getting Along," and "Planning Ahead." Under "School and Learning," lists cover keys to school success, do's and don'ts for classroom discussions, tips on taking notes, benefits of doing homework, Web sites for homework help, ways to change "the social scene at school," and more. "Staying Safe" suggests "12 Things Not to Do When Someone Bullies You" and "20 Ways to Tell If a Relationship Is Unhealthy," and addresses issues such as pregnancy, running away, suicide, and abuse. The few fill-in-the-blanks pages provide photocopy permission. Sandra and Harry Choron's The Book of Lists for Teens (Houghton, 2002) is similar but also touches on lighter topics. While both titles offer advice on what to do in difficult situations and planning for the future, Espeland's well-organized book has lots of useful information and teen appeal.-Nicole M. Marcuccilli, Glenview Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421254
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 11 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Pamela Espeland has authored, coauthored, or edited over 200 books for Free Spirit Publishing on a variety of subjects. Pamela graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and currently lives in Minneapolis.
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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Every teen needs a copy of this book, not because it will make your life easier, but because it will at least make it simpler and more organized. Filled with sections on Health & Wellness, Getting Along, Staying Safe, School & Learning, Going Online, Planning Ahead, Saving the World, Focus On You, and Just for Fun, there is a ton of information just waiting in LIFE LISTS FOR TEENS. <BR/><BR/>Some of my favorite lists include: <BR/><BR/>1) 17 Ways to Manage Stress <BR/>2) 20 Ways to Tell if a Relationship is Unhealthy <BR/>3) A Bill of Rights for Children of Divorce <BR/>4) 12 Suicide Warning Signs <BR/>5) 19 Note-Taking Tips <BR/>6) The Student Bill of Rights <BR/>7) 7 Things You Should Know About Online Privacy <BR/>8) 10 Tips for Procrastinators <BR/>9) 10 Reasons Why You Need Self-Esteem <BR/>10) 12 Reasons to Write <BR/>11) 13 Things You Can Do to Promote Diversity <BR/><BR/>Overall, this is a great book for teens, pre-teens, and even parents. A helpful handbook to daily life!

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    Posted April 19, 2006

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    Every teen needs a copy of this book, not because it will make your life easier, but because it will at least make it simpler and more organized. Filled with sections on Health & Wellness, Getting Along, Staying Safe, School & Learning, Going Online, Planning Ahead, Saving the World, Focus On You, and Just for Fun, there is a ton of information just waiting in LIFE LISTS FOR TEENS. Some of my favorite lists include: 1) 17 Ways to Manage Stress 2) 20 Ways to Tell if a Relationship is Unhealthy 3) A Bill of Rights for Children of Divorce 4) 12 Suicide Warning Signs 5) 19 Note-Taking Tips 6) The Student Bill of Rights 7) 7 Things You Should Know About Online Privacy 8) 10 Tips for Procrastinators 9) 10 Reasons Why You Need Self-Esteem 10) 12 Reasons to Write 11) 13 Things You Can Do to Promote Diversity Overall, this is a great book for teens, pre-teens, and even parents. A helpful handbook to daily life!

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