Bounce Back: How to Be a Resilient Kid

112p. Magination. 2015. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781433819216; pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781433819223.
Gr 4–7—Arguing with parents and siblings, fighting with friends, not getting invited to parties: growing up is hard to do. This guide posits that though some kids bounce back more quickly than others, resilience is a skill that can be developed. The book helps readers become more resilient through practical strategies, fun quizzes, and examples of situations tweens might face, such as trying to fit in with a new peer group and dealing with being disappointed with oneself. Questions such as "What Are Your Stress Triggers?" and "Can You Name Your Emotion?" make handling anxiety and pressure much easier. The book also dispenses advice on coping with stress and stressors, making decisions, and handling situations that are firmly in one's control. While the text is designed for those who are having particularly difficult times, many readers will benefit from the sections on positive self-talk and techniques for calming down.
VERDICT A fine addition to the self-help section, and perhaps an even better desk reference for the counselor's office library.

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