The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families

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In this essential new book, star journalist, national best-selling author, #1 cable-news talk-show host, and father of two young children, Bill O'Reilly talks straight to kids about such hot-button topics as bullies, friends, school, sex, drugs, alcohol, the Internet, advertising, money, parents, and more.

Tenacious, outspoken, and intense as ever, O'Reilly renders his own personal antidote to the problems challenging America's youth. Offering sensible advice to help teens find...

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Overview

In this essential new book, star journalist, national best-selling author, #1 cable-news talk-show host, and father of two young children, Bill O'Reilly talks straight to kids about such hot-button topics as bullies, friends, school, sex, drugs, alcohol, the Internet, advertising, money, parents, and more.

Tenacious, outspoken, and intense as ever, O'Reilly renders his own personal antidote to the problems challenging America's youth. Offering sensible advice to help teens find the courage and willpower to stand up and be who they really are, The O'Reilly Factor for Kids advocates thinking through one's choices and illustrates how doing the smart thing is always the right thing to do. Filled with personal reflections, candid observations, sound advice, and thought-provoking questions, it is at once a valuable tool for adolescents who are trying to understand and cope with the challenges and choices that define and shape their lives and an ideal gift from the parents and educators who love and care for these kids.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
For middle school teachers, human development counselors, and the parents of teenagers, the O'Reilly Factor for Kids is a must. Kids, on the other hand, don't normally pick up this kind of book unless it is part of the curriculum or their parents have told them to read it. O'Reilly has addressed kids as the audience. The topics are relevant in today's world and no subject is taboo. Topics include stereotyping, bullies, sex, fake self esteem, sports, siblings, T.V., reading, hard work, health, teachers, money, drugs, and dealing with divorce and death. The opinions that O'Reilly gives are conservative. The format is compelling with quotes from kids, and excerpts from O'Reilly's own life. The clear bold-faced advice in each chapter makes good jumping off points for further discussions with children. The book is a page-turner. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 12 up.
—Sue Stefurak
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Advice on issues that confront today's teenagers is given in a confident manner by the talk-show host. Factual information supports personal, no-nonsense guidance in navigating life's various challenges on the road to adulthood. Examples from the author's life further augment the points being made, illustrating both triumphs and mistakes, and their natural consequences. Content adequately covers relationships, sex, music, school, and philosophical reflections that will aid teenagers in developing their unique identities and value systems. Each of the four sections concludes with Instant Message-style remarks about wise behavior ("A Smart Operator is a kid who-") versus unwise behavior ("A Pinhead is a kid who-"). The theme is that young people who follow the guide and work hard, are honest, and help others will succeed and lead healthier, happier lives. The authoritative tone will appeal to O'Reilly's fans, but will not engage adolescents who are not eager for advice from an adult whom they do not consider to be a role model. The table of contents provides an organized overview of the material.-Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060544256
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Edition description: First Harper Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 255,514
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly

For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill O’REillyhas presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-ratednews program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABCNews and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program InsideEdition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Pieceof Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

Charles Flowers, the award-winning author or coauthor of sixty-two books, has also written television documentaries, magazine articles, art and theater criticism, and opinion columns in such publications as the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and City Newspaper. A former newspaper reporter, high school teacher, and university professor, he wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Nation, and, with composer Sorrel Hays, the three-act opera Our Giraffe.

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Table of Contents

Direct to you from Bill O'Reilly
People in your life 1
Friends 3
Bullies 11
Parents 18
Siblings : your brother, your sister 24
Striking a compromise 30
Dealing with divorce 35
Other adults 41
Pinheads and smart operators : instant message number 1 45
Your private life 49
Your money 51
Smoking 57
Alcohol 61
Drugs 66
Sex 72
Tv 78
Music madness 83
Fun, first of all 89
Pinheads and smart operators : instant message number 2 94
Your school life 97
The dressing game 99
Cheating 105
Reading 111
Self-esteem 116
Sports 121
Teachers 127
Making plans 135
Pinheads and smart operators : instant message number 3 139
Things to think about 143
Health 145
Work 151
Stereotypes 157
Politics 162
Death 167
God ... ? 173
Helping others 180
Pinheads and smart operators : instant message number 4 184
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First Chapter

The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
A Survival Guide for America's Families

Friends

Almost everybody watched the TV show Friends on NBC. Unfortunately, some kids think that's what real friends are like. Of course, we can learn a lot of things from our Friends on television, but sitcoms are very different from real life.

In real life, true friends stand by you when things get rough. If you get sick or have a tragedy in your family, your real friends will be there to listen and to help. Sure, they do that in the TV program, but the tragedies those characters experience last only twenty-three minutes. Yours will last much longer, so your friends will have to last much longer, too.

TV friends are also always fooling around. You can't do that in real life. There will be times when you will have to do some very difficult things. If you have friends who will help you, you'll be a lot better off.

My Story:

I once had a friend in high school whom I confided in. This guy and I had known each other since first grade and we were pretty solid. At least, I thought we were. Freshman year is always tough because you are the youngest in the school and are still trying to figure out the program. There was this dance I wanted to go to, but I didn't want to go alone. I wanted some guys to hang with so the girls would think I was cool. So I asked my friend, who was usually up for this kind of thing, if he would come along. He said he couldn't go. I said fine and found a couple of other guys to go with me. But when we arrived at the hop (that's what they called a dance back then), I couldn't believe my eyes. My so-called friend who told me he couldn't go to the dance was out there doing the twist like a madman. What was up with that? I cornered this so-called friend later, and he admitted that some of the guys he went to the dance with didn't like me, so he didn't want me around.

If that situation had happened in a TV sitcom, everybody would have made up and had a few laughs. But life is different. I never trusted that guy again and rarely spoke to him. Since he never apologized, I think I made the smart decision. He wasn't a true friend, and that happens a lot in life. By not wasting any more time with him, I went on to make real friends, many of whom I hang around with to this day. I'm that kind of guy: once I become friends with you, I'm in for life unless you do something bad to me. Even though I am now famous and successful, I still keep my old friends. And believe me, none of them looks like Jennifer Aniston. It would not be hard being her friend.

Okay, you know I've made money. It was a long time coming, so I don't usually spend much of it and I certainly don't show it off. (We're going to talk about money smarts later in this book.) But one thing I do that costs a few bucks is set up a trip every year to some exotic faraway place -- the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands -- where I sail and swim and dive with old friends.

And I do mean "old friends." I've known some of these guys since we were four years old, others from high school and college, and still others from my early years in television. I've been lucky to have such friends, but I've also worked hard at it. We trust one another. We care about one another's families. We laugh a lot. We remember a lot.

I hope you can have such friends when you're my age.

Of course, you can't control all of the circumstances that help friendships develop and last. I grew up in the same house until I went away to college. The kids in my neighborhood really knew one another. We went to the same schools, terrorized the same teachers, dated the same girls.

Now, I don't want you to think that I sat around when I was your age and carefully chose my companions because of their virtues. No way. I ran with the loudmouthed, brash, unruly kids. We looked like bums; we acted like maniacs. We did very stupid things.

But even though we would not have used these words back then, we were loyal to one another. One for all, all for one: we really were like that.

And because I had experienced true friendship, which grew over the years through many different situations (not all of them fun, by any means), I got very, very spoiled. I mean, throughout the rest of my life, I have expected new friends to be as honest and loyal as my old friends.

Is that stupid?

Maybe. But that's the way I am.

Other people will tell you to forgive a friend for lying to you. Not me. Others will say that it is "mature" to expect your friends to have faults. Agreed. They can have all kinds of faults except dishonesty and disloyalty. Either of those is poison to a friendship. Sorry, but I can't see it any other way. Someone can lie to me once, but only once, if he or she wants to be a friend.

See, you heard I could be stubborn.

And I want you to be the same way, at least on this subject. You deserve friendship with people who can be trusted. You don't need to accept a so-called friendship with someone because he or she is "popular" or good-looking. None of that matters. I am surrounded in television by people who choose "friends" because they're rich or famous or sexy. That kind of friendship is called "groveling." And it lasts, such as it is, only as long as the other person has money, gets recognized on the street, or looks good in lowriders ...

The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
A Survival Guide for America's Families
. Copyright © by Bill O'Reilly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 5, 2009

    great book

    I got this book for our twelve year old son and he has LOVED IT.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    Wholesome

    Anyone who counts out this book because they dislike O'Reilly can't be very open minded. You should read the book if you're going to make an opinion. Truth be told, the book is solid and good for young audiences as family is the basic building block of society.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Good Lessons

    I got this for Christmas (Merry Christmas!) from my Grandparents! It was an easy read. I liked how he didn't push, but guided you. He told his story and uses it for life lessons. Here is a quote that is a good picture of what I think of this book. 'Some things you may never understand But knowledge from lessons not your own Can save you from the unknown Which may stop your fall'(Kutless, Mistakes) I recommend it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2005

    O'reilly puts teenage life in perspective.

    O'reilly was never someone I thought would write as helpful a book as this one was. It put most of if not all of the components that make up a teenage life in perspective. It explained how to deal with parents, friends, smoking (which i don't do by the way), and tells how to deal with all these situations. Definitley a great book for teens. Don't let the 'for kids' fool you. The book deals more with teenage life then a regular young kid's life. If you are a teen that needs help or thinks it wouldn't hurt to learn more about how to deal with your everyday life then buy this book for sure.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    A guide for youth

    As usual, Mr. O'Reilly gives kids no-nonsense, clear, and helpful advice about what happens when kids ignore red flags and potentially dangerous situations. He tells it like it is which is the way it should be. He's proven his advice is good to take as he himself has become a successful citizen. I like his traditionalist AND moderate view of the world. I'm happy that it comes at a time when my son can use it as a guide before high school.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Not Impressive

    The O'Reillyy Factor for Kids was at best like a trite after-school special, and at worst kind of weird. Not worth the money, and DEFINITELY not worth the time.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Lillixgurl

    This book is moderately good. people i know have read it and say it is wonderful. i have to say props to Mr. O'reilly. its great how he's comfortable speaking his mind!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Awesome book!

    I thought this book really talked about how the world really is, and what us teenagers have to face. He takes the mask off of life and helps us understand. I connected with this book and it has helped me when I encounter conflict. I encourage all to read it-especially us confused teens. Love O'Reily, I get a kick out of him.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    what a hypocrite

    This guy is so full of himself. He thinks he is a moral authority, an expert on decent behaviour. Meanwhile he gets caught sexually harassing a coworker by performing lewd acts while on the phone. Not the kind of guy I want gving advice to my kids.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    A Great Book ***********

    Mr. O'Reilly did a fantastic job on this book. Very blunt and in kids language. I highly recommend.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    The man's an authority on everything!

    Lord knows, it must be tough to be infallible. O'Reilly uses his own life and experiences as a model for kids to follow - nothing wrong with this guy's ego.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Life Lesson in a Book

    My parents never told me how to think, what to set as my views, and I never let anyone tell me what to think. I know O'Riley from Fox News and his award-winning books, and I know that he's lived quite a life and he's learned from it, he's made his mistakes; now he's trying to prevent today's kids from making those mistakes. We already have huge bucks to pay over our lifetimes, we can try to avoid some trivial mistakes, and that's O'Riley's aim with this book.

    I respect him to no end. I like his way of thinking; and I can relate to him, too. I saw this book, and I, by myself chose this as my next read. I loved it. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the fact that someone was trying to provide kids truth, which we are not provided with these days. When teachers teach us this stuff, they present them in their own light, not how it is, no sugar coating, just the good ol' tarnished truth.

    The book tells us the facts in a bold, loud and clear way, with O'Riley's opinions included, though not cloaking the truth, which I especially like. Among my peers and me, we do have a whirlwind of confusion confusing us; and no-one tells us everything there is; no full story, just one side of it -- in different versions. And though most adults think that they know how the teenage mind works, their ideas are pretty darn foggy and wrong. They don't understand what some of us deal with -- worse than what they had to deal with in their day. Modern times heavily affect children. For some kids, it's war.

    Reading this pretty much cleared my head. I was lucky enough to experience and learn life early and well, so I tend to do well in school, with friends, good relationships with adults, etc. Sadly, some of my friends are not as lucky. I recommend this book to all of my friends if they want to know about truth and clarity.

    It's a great way for kids to learn and know about the world. The real, true, tarnished world. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    GREAT BOOK

    Mr. O`Rielly does an exceptional job on this book. The actual reason he tells you about his own story is because he wants to tie in an example so the kid understands the topic. I would recommend this to any teenager looking for something to read. I definitly loved it and I hope you will to.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Great book to help parents who really care about their kids!

    The book helps young people look at things from a realistic perspective, not just from the usual sources. It will be really helpful in affirming what most parents would like their kids to understand, but may have a problem getting the point across. Mr. O'Reilly has no problem with words. I read the 'Rules' for writing a review and they specifically state reviews are not for making comments about the authors themselves. There are two reviews posted before mine by Spike and someone who calls themselves an 'ethics' teacher. They both attack the author. My gut instinct tells me neither of these reviewers have ever read Mr. O'Reilly's book(s)... they just hate him.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    Stright and pithy truth

    Bill O¿Reilly has a way with words, that¿s a large part of the reason he¿s a television media star. What O¿Reilly talks about is far more important than his good-humored down to earth delivery. Bill O¿Reilly discuss loftily abstract ideas about ethics, morality and politics, while his unique style makes what is usually boring or difficult; enjoyably clear, concise and entertaining. The O¿Reilly Factor For Kids is written for teenagers. O¿Reilly uses many of his teenage experiences and perspectives to illuminate that times have changed from the 1960¿s to now, but the issues facing teenagers remain the same in every generation. Tough, difficult and deeply troubling issues are taken on and shown that they can be made manageable as each challenge is weighed. This book directly addresses the basic human issues that we all must face to live and prosper in modern society. How to choose good friends and why good friends are so important in our lives is the opening chapter that will be engaging for youth throughout their lives. In the next chapters O¿Reilly goes on to identifying the human failings that should be blinking warning signs of human characteristics. O¿Reilly explains why certain signs are so dangerous. Then he explains what to do about them leaving no doubt in the readers mind about what to do and why. The beginning of each chapter has an e-mail/ IM style ¿Eyewitness Report¿ submitted by youngsters of issues that form the basis for the next chapter. The book has a two-page glossary of the Instant Message abbreviations used in the e-mails submitted & also used throughout the book. This coded communication is a particularly engaging literary device akin to O¿Reilly¿s hallmark breviary in going to the heart of any subject. Throughout the ¿¿The Factor For Kids¿ each issue raised is addressed twice. Once in O¿Reilly¿s forthright style of factual clarity and analysis, then again by O¿Reilly telling ¿My Story¿ that relates to how he dealt with that issue in his youth and what resulted from it. There is a wealth of wisdom in this book. It¿s a training guide to a good life if the advice is followed. At the very least it should serve to help youngsters avoid some of the pitfalls they might not recognize, or know how to handle the first time they come up against them. After reading ¿¿The Factor For Kids¿ you are armed against being blindsided by some of the hazards that life may hold in store for the teenage generation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    BILL IS REALLY LOOKING OUT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WEATHER YOUR A FAN OF THE FACTOR OR A LIBERAL,CONSERVATIVE,GREEN,OR INDAPENDENT, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRACT YOU OUE IT TO YOURSELF TO GET A COPY OF BILL O REILLYS NEW BOOK 'THE O REILLY FACTOR FOR KIDS' IT IS A REAL WAKE UP CALL FOR TEENS AND ADULTS AND NOT ONLY THAT IT IS A WONDERFUL BOOK FOR PARENTS CAUSE THIS BOOK CAN SHOW THERE KIDS THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS IN THIS WORLD THAT ARENT GOOD FOR THEM AND IF YOUR NOT A PARENT LIKE MYSELF AND DONT HAVE KIDS BUY THE BOOK ANY WAYS LIKE i DID CAUSE THIS BOOK WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND iAM SURE YOU HAVE SOME NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND COUSINS THAT THIS BOOK COULD HELP YOU BE A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THEM. BUY THE BOOK AT www.bn.com

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

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    Add me :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    As always

    As always Bill is being a great wise man. He wants everyone to make their own decisions and opinions. I highly recomend all of Bill's books.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Great!

    I think this is agreat book! I am twelve and watch the factor with my dad and loved the book. It has many life lessons andnways to guide you through life!

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Mom

    I am a mom and i read this to my kids great book

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