Stand Up!: How to Stay True to Yourself

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Stand Up!, the latest book in the Sunscreen self-help series for teens and tweens, helps readers understand the importance of standing up for themselves and what they believe in, even when it’s difficult. Readers will learn why and how to say no and the importance of self-respect. Written with candor and humor, and in a highly illustrated and accessible format, Stand Up! offers advice on dealing with peer pressure and bullying, as well as the struggles of communicating with family members. Sunscreen has the ...

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Overview

Stand Up!, the latest book in the Sunscreen self-help series for teens and tweens, helps readers understand the importance of standing up for themselves and what they believe in, even when it’s difficult. Readers will learn why and how to say no and the importance of self-respect. Written with candor and humor, and in a highly illustrated and accessible format, Stand Up! offers advice on dealing with peer pressure and bullying, as well as the struggles of communicating with family members. Sunscreen has the answers when kids have tough questions.

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Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review - Victoria Cortes
Stand Up! How to Stay True to Yourself focuses on an issue with which many young adolescents struggle—standing up for themselves. It addresses the pressures of adolescence that come from parents, authority figures, friends, and even from one's self. Stand Up! encourages its readers to establish and affirm their own beliefs, values, and individualities. While it may seem important to fit in, children should learn from a young age that it is more rewarding to be comfortable and confident in one's own skin. Stand Up! emphasizes the importance of respecting one's self while also maintaining respect for others; even while saying no, one should be patient, logical, and kind. In expressing their own emotions, adolescents should also be cognizant of the emotions of those around them. Overall, Stand Up! asserts that saying no is not synonymous with rejection, but rather it is significant in maintaining one's independence and self-respect. Reviewer: Victoria Cortes
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—The author believes that readers can learn how to assert themselves and say no to or disagree with peers, friends, parents, teachers, and even strangers in a positive way. Each chapter includes why standing up and saying no is important in different circumstances. Conversations illustrate the wrong and the right way to do so. Some of the scenarios are mundane, like how to tell your friend that you don't want to go to the movies or stay over at their house; others are more critical like standing up to bullies or saying no to sex. Each situation is given the same amount of emphasis. Many of the conversations in the cartoon illustrations do not fit the text that they illustrate, and the index is almost useless. Five books are listed for further reading and five websites for more information; neither list is annotated. Some of the pages are very difficult to read due to the use of multiple background colors. An additional purchase for libraries in need of titles to boost self-esteem for this age group.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA
Kirkus Reviews
This slender volume, effectively translated from French, lightly covers the skill of assertiveness, including when to deploy it and when to tone it down. Many young teens encounter situations when they need to find a way to say no to friends, classmates, adults or perhaps even well-meaning parents. Using brief scenarios and extremely quirky and appealing cartoon-strip illustrations, this effort explores in some depth a variety of pertinent dilemmas, but its advice is only superficial. For example, the author envisions a situation in which a girl is heavily pressured by a controlling friend and then describes at length the psychodynamics that cause her to accept uncomplainingly the friend's unpleasant behavior. Unfortunately, the section concludes without ever offering specifics to resolve the problem. A chapter on bullying also comes up short. After explaining what might motivate bullies, the advice is, "Learn how to defend your rights and calmly stand up for yourself." Sometimes the illustrations don't do much to expand on the text; other times, they are placed out of sync with it, which is confusing. Many of the pages' backgrounds are divided either vertically or horizontally into two contrasting background colors; the vertically divided pages can be visually distracting, particularly when the background color is too dark for effective contrast. While this well-intentioned effort may appeal to some readers and does provide helpful insight into some challenging situations, it alone will not solve many problems. (Nonfiction. 10-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701986
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Laouénan and Cécile Bertrand live in France.

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