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Pressure: True Stories by Teens About Stress


Stress hits these teens from all angles: pressure at school, at home, and in their relationships. The writers describe their stress relief techniques, including exercise, music, writing, and more, and offer inspiring examples of perseverance. Includes tips for cooling down. 
Real Teen Voices Series
Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, ...

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Stress hits these teens from all angles: pressure at school, at home, and in their relationships. The writers describe their stress relief techniques, including exercise, music, writing, and more, and offer inspiring examples of perseverance. Includes tips for cooling down. 
Real Teen Voices Series
Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Each piece has been selected and edited to appeal to reluctant and emerging readers as young as seventh grade. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.

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“Teens from New York-based Youth Communication pen autobiographical essays about their struggles with bullies, anger about bad home situations and unfair treatment, and pressure to conform or be successful. While not graphic or overly profane, their well-written stories are often harrowing to read, with frank accounts of abuse, neglect, sexuality, and crushing loneliness . . . What is most striking . . . is the teens’ resilience as they seek aid, learn coping strategies, or find outlets for self-expression.”—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424125
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Series: Real Teen Voices Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 816,239
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Youth Communication is a New York–based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens. Its mission is to help marginalized youth develop their full potential through reading and writing, so that they can succeed in school and at work and contribute to their communities.

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Table of Contents


Enjoy the Moment • Ngan-Fong Huang

Ngan-Fong wants to spend time enjoying herself in the present, instead of constantly worrying about the future

House of Stress • Anonymous

Because her stepmother is overwhelmed, the author has to take on the responsibility of caring for her siblings

Yoga Relaxes Me • Niya Wilson

Niya accepts a friend’s offer to try yoga for relaxation

Chanting Helps Me Clear My Mind • Anonymous

The author’s aunt introduces her to Buddhist chanting

Forced to Face College • Matt Lehrer

Matt feels pressured to get into a good college

My Journal Saved My Life • Anonymous

By writing and rereading her diary, the author gains a better understanding of herself and how to handle her emotional problems

She Got Game • Cynthia Orbes

Playing handball helps Cynthia release her anger and have fun

Books Got My Back • Janae Marsh

Janae escapes from her troubled family by reading books

My Favorite Escape • Martin Smith

Basketball gives Martin a sense of freedom

Stressed for Success • SaeRom Park

SaeRom writes about the stress of academic demands

Running My Problems Away • D’nashia Jenkins

When D’nashia runs track, she feels energized and leaves all her problems behind

Worn Down • Anonymous

After her father abandons the family, the author feels weighed down by family responsibilities

Tears of a Clown • Eugene Han

Eugene’s carefree persona masks the pain of a childhood burdened by adult responsibilities, including an incarcerated mother

Worried Sick • Megan Cohen

Megan has always been an obsessive thinker and worrier, but when her anxiety threatens her friendships, she decides to consult a psychologist for advice

Never Good Enough • Chimore Mack

Chimore thought she could be perfect if she just worked a little harder

Feeling the Pressure • Jennifer Baum

Jennifer looks at how several teens face stress and at positive ways to reduce it

Stress Is Not Just for Seniors • Tanya Owens

With schoolwork piling up, Tanya, a high school junior, needs a chat with her older sister to calm down and set priorities

Nature Is My Salvation • Emily Orchier

Emily discovers that walking outdoors helps relieve her depression

Do for You • Shanté Brown

Shanté recommends a range of activities—including writing—as a way to battle the blues and negative feelings

My Optimistic Psychic • Tanisia Morris

Whether Tanisia is stressed about school, money, or a bad cold, her father can always reassure and calm her

Tips from Teens on How to Cool Down • various writers

Teens share their favorite techniques for relieving stress

Let’s Talk About Stress • Caitlin Lemmo and Peter Ramirez

A therapist describes the causes of stress, how it affects the body, and what teens can do to relieve it

How to Deal with Stress • Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer interviews a social worker for tips on managing stress

Stress Relief Techniques • Carrie Epstein, therapist

A therapist offers advice

About Youth Communication

About the Editors

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