Anger is normal and how people manage it makes it either harmful or useful. This wellorganized book is loaded with information, and is presented so attractively that it invites the reader to search for answers. Each chapter has an overview of four key points, and highlights examples of reallife teen experiences at various ages in one color, while important facts are set out in another color. It defines anger and anger styles, anger triggers and a stepbystep plan for "putting out the fire." The book uses a cognitive approach to controlling a difficult emotion, by explaining how to use "I" statements, body language, and active listening. Points to consider are raised as personal questions at the end of each chapter. A chapter about public anger will help teens recognize how they can deal with this growing national concern. This is a valuable resource for parents who are coping with teenage anger, as well as their own, and an excellent discussion guide. The book contains a glossary, resource reading list, Internet sites and index, and is part of a series: "Perspectives on Mental Health." 2000, Capstone, Ages 11 up, $22.60. Reviewer: Elaine Wick
Gr 6-9-Two books that explain their topics, alert readers to potential danger signs, and offer suggestions for getting help. Both have an easy-to-read, open format and include lots of subject headings, personal stories from young people, charts of negative and positive ways of dealing with various situations or emotions, and discussions of relevant facts. Chapter overviews summarize the pertinent information in each section and sources are given for further investigation. These titles could be used in conjunction with Herma Silverstein's Teenage Depression (Watts, 1990; o.p.) and Carl V. Morrison's Can I Help How I Feel? (Atheneum, 1976; o.p.). Two nonthreatening offerings for self-help or reports.-Kathleen Lynch, Fords Middle School, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.