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Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life
     

Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life

by Elin Stebbins Waldal
 
Parents, teens, and survivors are lucky that Elin Stebbins Waldal has the courage to share her own harrowing experience with teen dating violence. At 17 she unwittingly fell in love with an abusive man. Tornado Warning is the true, honest portrait of how he whittled her down with words, hands, and weapons from a confident teen to the shadow of a woman.

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Parents, teens, and survivors are lucky that Elin Stebbins Waldal has the courage to share her own harrowing experience with teen dating violence. At 17 she unwittingly fell in love with an abusive man. Tornado Warning is the true, honest portrait of how he whittled her down with words, hands, and weapons from a confident teen to the shadow of a woman.

But Stebbins Waldal offers more. Interwoven with her real-life journal, she reflects on how this relationship has affected her since, and how she is working to protect her teenagers from succumbing to a similar experience. Provocative and healing, Tornado Warning is a must-read for parents, women, and anyone who has suffered at the hands of a loved one.

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Mom's Choice Awards
Elin Stebbins Waldal is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members

Includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award.

Library Journal
Waldal fell for a bad boy and spent her teen years going in and out of a physically and emotionally abusive relationship. Relying on excerpts from her adolescent journals and re-created conversations, this story about growing from a terrified teen into a self-esteem spokesperson, wife, and mother is chronicled in scary detail.What I Am Telling My Friends These are the tales they don't tell you when you are looking at real estate in places like Old Greenwich, CT, where Waldal grew up. It can happen anywhere, even the good neighborhoods. — "Memoir Short Takes," Booksmack! 1/20/11

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982981306
Publisher:
Sound Beach Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Dr. Heidi M. Sallee
'Tornado Warning is an excellent first person account of intimate partner violence. As a pediatrician who has cared for girls who have been affected by dating violence and as a mother of 3 girls (ages 15, 13 and 12) this book tackles an emotionally challenging topic, yet something that must not be ignored. One theme that rings true in the book and in my observations is that dating violence can affect anyone, and young women are especially vulnerable. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who was interested in understanding the dynamics of initmate partner violence. By having a better understanding, we may be able to work towards prevention and early intervention.'' --(Dr. Heidi M. Sallee, Pediatric Program Director at St. Louis University Dept. of Pediatrics )

Meet the Author

Elin Stebbins Waldal is a writer, a speaker, and the founder of girls kNOw more, a group geared toward building self-esteem in middle-school-age girls. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three children, and their family dog.

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