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    Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Intervention and Hope

    Millions of adolescent girls are in a crisis of rage and despair. Some try to disappear through starvation; others carve indecipherable symbols or other marks onto their arms and bodies; some run away from home; and still others bully and get bullied, hide weeping in their rooms, or attempt suicide.

    Programs, experts, and interventions abound, but therapists and caregivers alike struggle to effectively help this challenging population. For every success in turning a troubled girl around, there seem to be new, even sadder cases to take its place. The list of reasons, as Straus explains, are complicated and varied everything from weak, fragmented interventions and overwhelmed institutions with inadequate resources to a growing gap between the rich and poor, ignorant parents, overcrowded schools, and a more violence-saturated society than ever before.

    Using a developmental-relational model of intervention, Straus explores the ways in which clinicians and caregivers can successfully reach out to the children behind these often frightening behaviors, and how to help them cope. A highly practical resource, Adolescent Girls in Crisis explores concrete strategies and methods for helping girls in crisis by focusing on identification, diagnosis, and treatment of many of the troubled and troubling behaviors?including oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, eating disorders, and attachment problems, among others?what to look for before there's a crisis (and in one), what to worry about, and, most of all, what to do.

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    Parents Wanted

    A fictional story of a boy with Attention Deficit Disorder whose father was in jail, and his mother surrendered her parental rights to him when he was 10 years-old because he was too hard to handle.
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    Second Choice: Growing Up Adopted

    A psychiatrist looks at his own black-market adoption giving two stories of his childhood. The first story is open, superficial, cheerful and excludes adoption. The other story is sad, secret, problematic, shameful and includes adoption.
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    Where Are My Birth Parents: A Guide for Teenage Adoptees

    A sensitive guide to help adopted people make informed decisions about if and how to search for their birth parents. Includes why search; telling your parents; the first contact; birth mothers; reunion and post reunion; and more.
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    After The Loss of Your Baby For Teen Mothers

    A Teen Moms Only Resource, Features: Grief, Reorganization,Medical Definitions, Future, and more

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    Finding My Voice

    An account of the struggles and successes of a respected radio personality. A host of a National Public Radio Show, this book offers an intimate look into her childhood, marriage, career, and battle with a rare neurological disorder.
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    The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality

    An essential handbook for today's teen and parents on Teenage Sexuality.
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    Face In The Mirror

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    Being a teenager in today's complex world is a difficult enough task, but adopted teens have an additional struggle: to discover their identity and a sense of belonging and place in the world.
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    FAR ABOVE RUBIES: A Handbook for Growing Teenage Girls

    Far Above Rubies: A Handbook for Growing Girls" written by Laurenda Salandy, is a comprehensive guide designed for girls as they mature into adulthood. Inspired by the birth and maturation, of her own daughter, Mrs. Salandy has crafted an insightful and thorough offering which provides sage advice for girls on a myriad of specifically feminine topics. The topics discussed range from female hygiene issues to proper selection of clothes, and makeup to how to approach and evaluate relationships with boys. The portion of the book that is most compelling concerns self-esteem. Far too often, life altering poorly made decisions are the product of a girl's lack of self-esteem which can lead to a vast array of difficulties. Many times girls embrace the paths of promiscuity or drug abuse in a misguided attempt to find something to make them feel better about themselves. In this section of the book, Mrs. Salandy effectively conveys crucial information to help girls understand the importance of maintaining a moral standing in life and coming to know their own value.

    Composed in a conversational and instructive narrative, the text flows at a brisk tempo, which should maintain the readers interest throughout. The information is presented in a well-organised fashion and in language that is easy to comprehend.Mrs. Salandy's ability to communicate with maturing girls on a level they can relate and appreciate enhances the appeal of this book.

    Having taught for the past twenty years, and after gaining first hand, experience by doing workshops and seminars with teenagers and women, Mrs. Salandy's passion for the topic is evident, and should resonate among her target audience

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    Ignorance Is No Defense: A Teenager's Guide to Georgia Law

    GA laws that teens & parents should know. J. Tom Morgan, using his expertise as both a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, explains the law in a manner that is both readable and informative and uses real-life examples that are relevant for teenagers.
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    You're Grounded!:

    Have you ever wondered what really goes on in the mind of a teenager?

    In this breakthrough guide to understanding teenagers, author Vanessa Van Petten provides a fresh perspective on the problems encountered in relationships between teens and their parents.

    ?You?re Grounded! is a fascinating window into the lives of today?s teens. I?m amazed at the maturity and balance with which Van Petten depicts the roles of both teens and parents ? As a teacher and a parent, I enjoyed the glimpse into the lives of today?s teens. The insights Vanessa shares will help me in understanding my students and give me tools to build better communication in the classroom and at home.?
    ?Nancy Kuechle, Middle School teacher and mother

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    Pictures of hollis woods

    Hollis Woods is the place where a baby was abandoned, is the baby's name, is an artist, is now a twelve-year old girl who's been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. Hollis Woods is a mountain of trouble. A Fictional story.
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    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    In a near-perfect miniature novel, two children experience the apprehensions and joys of the possibility of a new mother, when their father invites a mail-order bride to their prairie home.
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    Who Am I? And Other Questions of Adopted Kids

    It's not always easy being adopted, especially during the preteen and teen years. This is often the time when you begin to have lots of questions about yourself and your adoption. You're not alone. In this book, you'll hear straight talk from other adopte
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    Real Boys' Voices

    Pollack describes the secret struggles and passions of America's adolescent boys in their own words. Drawing on interviews with young men across the country, Harvard clinical psychologist Pollack presents a candid, troubling and occasionally humorous snap
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    Teen Fathers

    Read the views of young fathers on the topic of being a Teen Parent. Counselors from various programs discuss the problems faced by teen parents and helpful offer information for the Teen parent.
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    Straight Talk for Teenage Girls

    Straight Talk for Teenage Girls gives sensible ideas and information on subjects that all girls must face as they mature. The book gives girls a variety of answers to help them face pressures from friends, boys, and life. Teen girls need help in dealing with emotions, body changes, bad situations, friendships, and problems. Straight Talk gives not only simple, straight forward answers, but also ideas, telephone numbers, web sites, and things to say and do in all situations where girls feel threatened. It is a fast paced society today with parents and teens going every direction. Some teens have no one to help them with their questions, therefore Straight Talk For Teenage Girls.

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    Great Gilly Hopkins

    Tells the story of an 11 year old foster child who tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.
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    My Alternate Life

    Thanks to a mysterious computer game, urban tough girl, Trinity B. Jones has the chance to live her alternate life. She just has to prove she can make it in this one first....
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    Your Defiant Teen

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    The authors provide a chart to help readers gauge their child's behavior, then outline four factors that contribute to defiance: the teen's and parents' characteristics (which are unchanging), stress (which can be alleviated somewhat) and parenting style (which can be substantially modified). Part Two delves into the principles for reversing or preventing defiance, with sections on one-on-one time (including how to accomplish this with an uninterested teen), managing behavior and choosing appropriate punishments and rewards, to name a few. Without placing blame, the authors reveal that parents often unwittingly make a bad situation worse; the text gives solid tips on how to work toward a positive outcome and offers a variety of scenarios, demonstrating precisely how a parent's words and actions can be the source of a teen's compliant or defiant response. In the end, the authors offer a useful and detailed approach that respects the rights and expectations of parents and teens. (Feb.)

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    Adopted - It Happened to Me

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    The ultimate teen guide. This is a cromprehensive look at the issues, challenges, and joys that youth experience as they make their journey through adoption.
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    Teenagers Talk About Adoption

    This book examines the ways other adoptees deal with the complex relationships in thier lives.

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    Pieces of Me - Who do I want to Be?

    This book is a collection of stories, poems, art, music, quotes, activities, provocative questions, and more - all for the young adopted person who wants to figure out his or her story but doesn't know where to begin.
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    Blending of Foster and Adopted Children into the Family, The

    This book is a guide for teens seeking a greater understanding of what it means to be adopted or living in a foster family. Each chapter leads the reader through the many challenges facing foster and adopted children.
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    The Last Chance Texaco

    This book is a thrilling & thought-provoking story about growing up when you've got nothing left to lose, and then finding that you actually have the rest of your life to live.Based on Lucy who is a foster home veteran at age 15.
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    When a Friend Dies

    This book is for teens about grieving and healing and speaks directly and simply to anyone who has suffered the loss of a friend.
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    Top Secret: Sexual Assault Information for Teenagers Only

    This book provides candid, heart-to-heart answers to adolescent girls' most difficult questions about sexual assault. Written with the help of teens, the book uses a variety of effective ways to catch the attention of 12-17 year olds without preaching.
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    Where Do I Go From Here?

    This fun & informative resource takes a look at the human side of college life by offering inside advice and inspiration to girls on the threshold of one of life's most important crossroads.
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    Innocence Lost

    This is a book that talks about life as a teenage mother.

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    Am I Weird or is This Normal? Advice and Info to get Teens in th

    This is a self-help manual for female teens written by a mother and daughter giving a crash course in Teen Trauma 101, covering every topic from puberty and sex to making friends and choosing colleges.
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    It Happened to Me - A Teen Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse

    This is a teen guied to help overcome sexual abuse.
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    Dakota Dream

    This is the story of 15 year-old Floyd Rayfield's attempt to find a family and a home. A dream leads the yound man, who's spent most of his life in foster homes and institutions to escape from a mental hospital to a Sioux reservation where he hopes to liv
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    That's What Drugs Took Me To... (The Book)

    This little book is a Discussion Guide and A story of addiction and teen pregnancy.
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    Goalie: A Novel

    When the Nash family moves from New York City to the small Atlanta suburb of Deerfield, thirteen-year-old Sharonda jumps at the chance to play competitive soccer. Adoption issues addressed.
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    Gender Identity - The Ultimate Teen Guide

    Winfiled encourages readers to think outside the box, recognize places where gender lines are crossed, and consider whether the time has com to change expectations and definitions within popular culture. This book allows teens and young adults to voice th
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    Understanding Teenage Depression

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    This book is a guide to diagnosis, treatment, and management of teenage depression.
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