The Struggle to Be Strong: True Stories by Teens About Overcoming Tough Times (Updated Edition)

The Struggle to Be Strong: True Stories by Teens About Overcoming Tough Times (Updated Edition)

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Through thirty first-person teen narratives, including new stories on social media and gender identity, readers learn about seven resiliencies everyone needs to survive and thrive.

Otis deals with the real-life consequences of online aggression; Artiqua dates a boy of another race despite her family’s opposition. Charlene is raising her brothers and sisters because their mother is addicted to drugs; Craig is gay and worried about coming out.

All of these teens have had more than their share of troubles. And all have the resiliency needed to face their troubles, live through them, and move forward with courage, confidence, and hope.

In thirty first-person narratives, teen writers share how they’ve overcome obstacles in their lives. As teens read, they discover they’re not alone in facing life’s difficulties. They learn about seven resiliencies everyone needs to survive and thrive in even the toughest times:
  • insight
  • independence
  • relationships
  • initiative
  • creativity
  • humor
  • morality 

In this updated edition, new stories feature topics such as social media, gender identity, and drug addiction. A “Think About It” section at the end of each story offers questions for personal reflection or discussion. Vivid, articulate, and candid, these stories will motivate readers of all ages to build the skills and strengths they need to triumph over adversity.

The corresponding leader’s guide, A Leader's Guide to The Struggle to Be Strong updated edition, provides activities, exercises, and questions to invite teens to go deeper into the stories and issues of The Struggle to Be Strong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631984600
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/26/2019
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 588,722
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Al Desetta, M.A., was an editor at Youth Communication, a New York–based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens, from 1985 until 2002. He is currently a freelance editor.

Sybil Wolin, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and was codirector of Project Resilience from 1987 to 2000. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband.

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The Struggle to Be Strong: True Stories by Teens about Overcoming Tough Times 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The struggle to be strong is about all kinds of teens who have had problems in their lives just like a lot of other people. This book shows you and reminds you that if you have problems in your life such as getting abused, ending an important relationship, or just having trouble to find a job that your not alone. These teens share there stories of the struggles thay had to go through growing up and how they stayed strong while going through them. When you read this book you won't want to put it down, you will want to keep reading to see what happens to each person and if they end up being ok. A lot of teens will be able to relate to the kids in these stories. Believe it or not everyone is going through some kind of struggle wether they show it or not. This book is exciting, depressing, and tradgic. It has a hurricane of all kind of different emotions in it. I finished this book in one day. This book has life lessons in it that can be learned. The struggle to be strong will have and affect on you. These teens will inspire you. I got this book to read because I had to for english class, but I am really happy I did because this book reminded me that you should always be kind to people no matter what because you may never know what kind of struggle they are going through in their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
othis is a good book i recamend it to every single teenager the is looking foward to knowing about serious issues my favorute story is losing my friends to weed i can realate to this leter/entry and i can realte to this because that is apart of my life if you are a teenager looking for a book about serious issues THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The Struggle to be Strong,¿ is a book of short stories written by teens about overcoming tough times. Some of the stories are about independence, relationships, taking initiative, creativity and morality. One of stories is called ¿College Can Be Hell.¿ It¿s about a girl who goes off to college and has to learn to be independent and not to blame others when thing go wrong, but to take responsibility for the things in her life and carry on no matter how hard it may be. Life is going to be hard for everyone at some point but we can¿t just give up and give in. Another story is, about a girl who is black in a relationship with a boy who is Puerto Rican. She has to deal with racial slurs and pressure from other there different racial backgrounds. She has to learn that she can¿t let other people influence the way she feels about her boyfriend. It shows us that the only thing that matter in a relationships is how we feel. A relationship is about connections with other people based on sharing, mutual respect and openness. The editors achieved their goal in helping people to stay strong. It is very helpful to hear others talking about the same struggles that any teen deals with on a daily basis. The authors give readers different ideas on handling hard situations. The book gets readers thinking about their own lives and the way we deal with things. This gets them thinking about the best way to handle hard situations. Even if someone is not struggling