Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff by Jack Canfield, Mark Hansen & Kimberly Kirberger
ISBN 155874942X About £7.00
It covers such areas as: self-acceptance, family matters, growing up and difficult lessons to name only a few. Very American but a great read. A quote used in the book, "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which those who dream only by night may miss." And one more, "Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself loses his misery." Some really tough stories - not for you if you are feeling low.
The Teenagers' Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain
ISBN 0965743039 £9.95
A teenager's life has many advantages and disadvantages; this helps you to sort them out so that you can avoid the negative and exploit the positive. You may be able to order this at the library but it is not available yet through amazon.co.uk You can get it on amazon.com but the postage is about £5. However, you can read about 20 chapters free online at the BYDPub website. We will keep you posted about availability in the UK.
Goggle Eyes by Anne Fine
ISBN 0141307544 £5.00
Goggle-eyes is the most unwanted boyfriend thinks Kitty. No, not hers - her Mum's! He is over 50 and grey-haired. This is a very readable story which deals with a range of emotions and issues.
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
ISBN 0440863686 £5.00
Dolphin tells the story about her poor Mum, Marigold, who struggles with depression and drinks a bit too much. "Illustrated" refers to Marigold's tattoos - from top to toe. This is written with warmth and humour - a good read.
Buddy by Nigel Hinton
ISBN 0140371761 £6.00
This is the story of Buddy's struggle to reunite his parents while facing the usual teenage problems for himself. How will he fit in with the posh kids in his set? Why didn't he stick up for his friends? Lots of readers have written to say that they know how Buddy feels.
The Real Plato Jones by Nina Bawden
ISBN 0140368477 £5.00
Plato lives with his Mum in London and his sister lives in New York with his new wife. Mum is Greek and Dad is Welsh. The children meet up in Greece at their grandfather's funeral but the locals are hostile. Read on to find the skeletons in the cupboard.
Olivia by Rosie Rushton
ISBN 185340411 £6.00
Can Olivia's life get any worse? Her father has run off with another woman, her best friend has moved schools and her boyfriend has dumped her! Then her father decides to move back into the area. This is a tale of teen angst and obsessions - who is best friends with who, make-up, dieting and boys and boys and boys. A cool and witty story.
Sophie by Rosie Rushton
ISBN 1853404381 £6.00
14 year old Sophie is glad when her father returns to live in Britain - her parents are separated. She idolises him but is soon to discover some home truths which make her see her Mum in a new light. Sophie is quite a spirited and independent girl.
Step by Wicked Step by Anne Fine
ISBN 0140366474 £5.00
Stepfamilies - sometimes they are brilliant and then again, sometimes things seem to go wrong. During a boring school trip, some students discover a boy's diary in a secret turret. It tells us about his "wicked" stepfather and this leads the others to open up and speak about their own experiences in extended families. An uplifting book which doesn't sidestep the issues about divorce. We hope that you have found something useful here. Remember that you are not alone. Even though things may seem pretty bad now, things will get better. Reach out to someone and talk about how you are feeling.
Waterstones Guide to Kids' Books 2008/09
ISBN 9781902603551 Out of print
For babies up to teenagers/first young adult books. Excellent guide which includes great reads, books for reluctant readers, reference and helpful books. Our thanks to Waterstones for including Divorce Aid as a resource.
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