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Summary: Making the team, having friends, wearing the right clothes, fitting-in, feeling ugly, being jealous, cheating, shop lifting, dealing with peer pressure to smoke, do drugs or engage in sex are all part of the reality teenagers face growing up. Through directed discussion, the readers develop a set tools for making sound moral and ethical decisions. The 26 stories in this book provide read-ers with an opportunity to understand the moral and ethical challenges that confront today’s sdolescents.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read youreself: 10 to 12
Adult Reader Reaction: The content and structure of this volume are similar to Humphrey's earlier works. Her books provide parents, teachers, and counselors with an invaluable resource for helping children understand and cope with the moral and ethical challenges they experience everyday.
Pros: Sandra Humphrey hits another home run with this third collection of stories and parables that deal with the development and nurturing of moral and ethical decision making of adolescents. Her books provide parents, teachers, and counselors with an invaluable resource for helping children understand and cope with the moral and ethical challenges they experience everyday.
Borrow or Buy: Must buy! Like its predecessors, this book is a rich and practical resource for anyone raising, teaching, coaching, or counseling adolescent children.
Educational Themes: The author has crafted the selections so that more emphasis can be placed on reading and discussing issues in informal “reader groups”. She also encourages readers to “assume” the roles of all the participants in a scenario in order to appreciate reality from another’s point of view.
Literary Categories: Fiction - problem solving, social issues, interactive learning, middle grade series, life lessons