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Children's LiteratureAdolescents need all the support they can get to succeed, and this book opens the door for them to be pro-active in getting that support. It focuses on six support assets: Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling. Each chapter begins with an inspiring story about a child who is involved in a situation that needs improving. Young readers should be able to relate to these examples, which are followed by several ways that the protagonists can take charge and make change, thereby adding the appropriate asset. Readers are encouraged to choose one activity for their own lives, and to note the outcome. To help children get started, some Web sites and phone numbers are included within specific activities, and there are also "Helpful Resources" sections at the end geared toward kids and adults, along with an index. This book is ideal for school counselors and teachers, or any other adult who serves as a mentor for youth who they can share it with. Ideal for young readers, this resource does not have to be read cover-to-cover, and although packed with ways to create empowerment assets, it will not be overwhelming. The ideas are written in short paragraphs, and the entire book can easily be skimmed by a reader who is looking for specific information. This title is part of "The Adding Assets Series for Kids." 2004, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Cherie Ilg Haas