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Positively Teen: A Practical Guide to a More Positive, More Confident You

208p. further reading. glossary. index. Little, Brown/Poppy. Jul. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316528887.
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Gr 4–7—From an internationally recognized expert on teen development, this title helps diffuse the fear and pessimism that often surrounds discussions of adolescence. While puberty, with all its emotions and physical changes, can feel daunting, the discourse and approach to it need not be negative. With its decidedly upbeat and positive tone, Morgan's text provides a nice balance between being a pleasure read and a real self-help guide. It's entertaining to peruse the funny bits that don't try too hard, quizzes galore, and optimistic, solid advice. Morgan's writing style and the advice she provides will resonate with tweens and their adult caregivers. Already published in the U.K., this reassuring work may help assuage feelings of panic and gloom and doom.
VERDICT A fine addition to self-help shelves for middle schoolers.

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