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Speak Up!

A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind

by Halley Bondy

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Middle school is a tough time for nearly everyone, but it can be especially hard on girls. Between social and cultural pressures, academic challenges, family dynamics, changing hormones, and a growing awareness of the world around them, middle school girls often end up feeling voiceless and powerless. They can struggle with speaking in class, standing up for their beliefs, navigating complicated social situations, and generally letting their voices be heard.

Speak Up! confronts these issues head on. In a relatable, frank tone, Speak Up! lets young girls know that what they have to say is important and that their thoughts are worth hearing. By presenting real issues and scenarios that girls will recognize from their own day-to-day lives, as well as exploring the negative thoughts and feelings that can hold them back, Speak Up! will supply girls with the tools they need to understand their feelings and speak up in any situation. Interactive exercises, lists, real-life examples, and attractive graphics will keep the readers engaged from start to finish. More than a book about self-esteem, Speak Up! addresses the cultural factors that hold girls back, and features real strategies to enable them in finding, and using, their voices.

About the author: Halley Bondy is a Brooklyn-based writer who has worked as a news reporter for the Newark Star Ledger, an arts journalist for Back Stage, and as an editor for MTV World. She is currently digital editor for Oxygen. A playwright, comedian, and the winner of the 2008 Fringe Festival NYC for Outstanding Playwright, she is the author of Don’t Sit on the Baby and 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish High School.

 

Product Details

  • Ages 10+
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (October, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-76-8

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Friends and Frenemies

The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

by Jennifer Castle and Deborah Reber

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Middle school friendships can be a source of great joy one day, then pain and anxiety the next. Friends and Frenemies examines the complexities of friendship and helps readers start building communication tools that will last a lifetime. The book tackles big questions such as: “How can I make friends?” and “What if I feel like I need to end a friendship?” Friends and Frenemies includes not just advice, but also comments from real kids, advice from older teens who have been there and done that, quizzes, polls, and other interactive elements that encourage readers to engage with the book, adding their own thoughts and experiences.

About the authors: Jennifer Castle is the author of the Young Adult novels You Look Different in Real Life and The Beginning of After, and the novella Playing KieraDeborah Reber, co-author, is a teen advocate and author of more than 18 published books, including Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You.

 

Product Details

  • Ages 9+
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (August, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-91-1

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77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College

by Halley Bondy

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College is about way more than just frats and finals: It’s also a time when students can learn new skills, encounter different cultures, test out potential careers, and take a stab at something new just because it sounds cool. And in order to leave college a better, smarter, and more interesting person than you were when you started out, all you need is an open mind, a willing spirit, and (of course) this book! The 77 entries included here cover everything from negotiating the terms of an apartment rental to taking a course that has nothing to do with your major to hosting a movie marathon – and supplemental sidebars provide bonus tips for doing everything cheaply and well. (Oh, but remember: The most important thing to do? Graduate!)

“Whether readers are introverts, partiers, activists, or athletes, Bondy provides an array of opportunities to make their time in college as well-rounded as possible.” —Publishers Weekly

“Readers will likely get the sense that they are getting advice from a big sister who has been there, one who encourages a balance of fun, healthy risks with responsibility with an eye on the future. This would make a good gift for high school graduates.” —VOYA Magazine

“A terrific addition to any high school grad’s gift pile or freshman-year move-in gear.” —City Book Review

Product Details

  • Reading level: Teen Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (March, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-00-3

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97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

Inside, readers will find how-tos on things they won’t learn in the classroom—like how to host a film festival, plan a first road trip, make a podcast, write a manifesto, or make up with a sibling.

✳ Winner: NAPPA Honors award
✳ Nominated: Yalsa Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Product Details

  • Reading level: Teen Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9790173-0-8

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Where’s My Stuff?

The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide

by Samantha Moss, with Teen Organizer Lesley Schwartz


Where’s My Stuff? gives comprehensive advice on how to organize school work, lockers, bedrooms, and even one’s schedule. With fun and useful illustrations, easy-to-follow charts, and ample doses of humor, Where’s My Stuff? is an incredible asset for anyone who wants to get it together…and keep it together, for good.

“The ultimate organizing guide that shows you how to take control of your school stuff, time and activities, and your room in a step-by-step, easy-to-understand manner.”Justine Magazine

Product Details

  • Reading level: Teen Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9819733-7-1

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