These titles feature a selection of fictional case studies. After a child (and sometimes her friends or family members) explains the problem and her reaction, the author provides a list of choices the girl could make, followed by an explanation of what she chose and why. Although each book includes a few pages of background information about its topic, the emphasis is on the case studies, inviting reader participation. Each scenario addresses a slightly different situation; for example, When People Die includes children dealing with the death of parents, siblings, friends, and grandparents. Divorce, Stepfamily, and New Baby focus mostly on the emotions (sadness, anger, fear, guilt, uncertainty, loneliness, and jealousy) that kids experience with family changes. Hewitt is careful to show multiple perspectives; Bullying and Racism, for example, tell stories from the point of view of both victims and perpetrators. Each title ends with a dialogue between two kids explaining how they successfully coped with the issue. The large font size, inviting layout, and color photos (with a multicultural cast of characters) will attract students, including reluctant readers, though the format is also ideal for use by teachers or counselors who want to encourage classroom discussion. Unfortunately, the kids' voices in the scenarios don't always sound authentic, and the solutions are covered so briefly they sometimes seem simplistic. In addition, the word "gang" is used in the British sense (meaning a group of friends), and, though defined in the glossary, this may confuse American readers.
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