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Talk: Teen Art of Communication

Talk: Teen Art of Communication

by Dale Bick Carlson
This guide to dialogue and communication helps readers develop close, powerful relationships. Its author has earned three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, ForeWord Magazine's Bronze Book-of-the-Year, and a VOYA Honor Book.


This guide to dialogue and communication helps readers develop close, powerful relationships. Its author has earned three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, ForeWord Magazine's Bronze Book-of-the-Year, and a VOYA Honor Book.

Editorial Reviews

Covering the art of conversation with one's self and with others, this guide tackles effective communication in specific situations with peers, adults, and groups. Useful suggestions include beginning a dialogue with yourself, finding adult mentors to act as pipelines between parents and teachers, and making requests, instead of demands. Situational examples help to demonstrate the concepts. There is little opportunity, however, for teens to apply the specific concepts that Carlson presents. The few exercises that are present, such as Alcoholic's Anonymous's (AA) steps for taking a personal inventory, are incorporated into the narrative and difficult to locate. The cover illustration is a bright and attractive graphic, but the rest of the book design is uninspired-cartoony illustrations heading each chapter are the only images, only one font is used, and gray shading is the only other graphical element applied. The appended "Experiment: Teen Dialogue" might serve as a "how-to guide" for group dialogue; it is a list of topics and a reiteration of guidelines for group environments. Another appendix includes four examples of introspective teen self-dialoguing through art and writing, but no advice for getting started is clearly spelled out. Tips for good dialogue and guidelines for dealing with confrontation are cited from another resources, and the text is quote heavy. Every other page references an expert. All references are cited, and the author's observations and revelations set a personal tone, but the work as a whole, with its "I am the expert disseminating information" feel, is not going to lure a generation who prefers hands-on experiential learning to lecture. Naomi Drew's The Kids'Guide to Working Out Conflicts (Free Spirit, 2005/VOYA October 2004) is a more appealing choice. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P J S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Bick Publishing House, 244p.; Index. Illus. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Beth Gallaway
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Exploring the philosophical and psychological aspects of communication, Carlson encourages young people to begin with a study of their own thoughts, feelings, and reactions, and clarifies the difference between conversation and having a dialogue with someone. After the self-examination process, teens can begin to improve their communication skills with the people around them, including those they don't like. The author mixes Eastern philosophical principles like meditation and selflessness with psychological examinations of language and communication "scripts" that people perform in their daily lives. The principles and terms will likely be unfamiliar to teens, and the writing style is often inscrutable. There are many wonderful tips to effective communication in the book, but the format of lengthy chapters with little variation is not well suited to this audience. Useful in libraries with strong New Age or Eastern philosophy collections.-Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Bick Publishing House
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Author of over 50 books, Hannah Carlson has received three ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, YALSA nominated Quick Picks for Teens 2005, YOYA Honor Book, Foreword Magazine’s Bronze Book of the year Award 2004, New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2000 and 2003. Carlson’s books have been Junior Literary Guild selections and International Book of the Month Club selections. The books have been translated into eleven languages. Carlson has lived and taught in the Far East: India, Indonesia, China, and Japan. She teaches writing here and abroad during part of each year. She makes her home among her grandchildren Chaney, Jacquelyn, Malcolm, Sam and Shannon, and her cats in Connecticut.

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