Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger


These teens have plenty of reasons to be angry: parental abuse, street violence, peer pressure, powerlessness, and more. The writers talk honestly about anger managing as they struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others and themselves. 
Real Teen Voices Series

Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, ...
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These teens have plenty of reasons to be angry: parental abuse, street violence, peer pressure, powerlessness, and more. The writers talk honestly about anger managing as they struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others and themselves. 
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

VOYA’s 2012 Nonfiction Honor List

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424149
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Series: Real Teen Voices Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 968,270
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (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


The Fury Deep Inside • Julie Stewart

Julie finds that opening up about her feelings helps her to deal with them in more constructive ways

Loose Cannon • Fred W.

At a residential treatment center, Fred begins to understand how his past controls him and discovers how to get a better grip on his emotions

I Leave My Anger at the Rink • David A. Rodriguez

Hockey gives David something to be proud of and a way to let off steam

Karate Killed the Monster Inside Me • Robin Chan

Robin takes up karate as a positive way to release his anger

Bum-Rushed by the Past • Natasha Santos

An abusive past has left Natasha with anger and panic attacks

The Monster Inside • Griffin K.

Griffin struggles to control an explosive temper during conflicts with troublemakers at school

Finding Freedom • Valencia B.

Once Valencia finds people who believe in her, she starts believing in herself

Invisible Man • Onician Wood

Onician spends years struggling with his anger at his father, who left before he was born

Poetry Keeps Me Calm • Ashunte Hunt

Writing poetry helps Ashunte control his anger

Am I Too Angry to Love? • A. Mahdi

The author wants to connect to a caring foster parent but worries that no one will be able to see past her anger

Wrestling with My Anger • Shateek Palmer

Shateek turns his rage into winning on the wrestling mat

Escaping the Prison of Anger • Tiffany H.

The consistency, consequences, and caring that Tiffany received when she lived at the all-girl therapeutic treatment facility help her control her anger and handle her frustration

Explaining My Life • Shateek Palmer

Writing helps Shateek make sense of his losses

Taming My Anger • Tray T.

With the help of staff members at his group home, Tray finds less destructive ways to deal with his emotions

The Life and Death of the Crippled Enigma • Otis Hampton

Otis channels his feelings of powerlessness and rage into a writing persona he calls the Crippled Enigma

A Scar on My Heart • Anonymous

The author struggles with anger, depression, and mental illness as a result of a rough childhood

Ready to Fight • Joseph Ballew

After years of living with abuse, Joe hopes he’ll move past his anger in a new home

Taking Myself to Anger School • Eric Green

Eric’s short fuse is damaging his relationships with friends and family—he makes it a project to learn how to act differently

Releasing My Rage • Miguel Ayala

Physically abused by his mother, Miguel takes out his anger on others by being a bully and on himself by attempting suicide

Temper Tamers? • Miguel Ayala

Miguel describes programs that have tried to help him manage his emotions, and explains what works and what doesn’t

Changing the Pattern • Anonymous

The author resolves to deal with the anger she’s developed from her abusive childhood so she won’t abuse others

Anger That Won’t Let Go • Natasha Santos

A therapist explains to Natasha how anger from your past can affect your future

How to Chill Out • an interview with Toni Heineman, therapist

A therapist describes healthy and unhealthy ways to express anger

About Youth Communication

About the Editors

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