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What It Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get in Trouble and How Four of Them Got Outby David L Marcus
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Millions of parents struggle to grasp what goes on in their kids' heads,
on their computers, and among their friends. As an education
correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, David Marcus wrestled
with similar questions about the pressures American teens face: a resurgent
drug culture, proliferating temptations online, skyrocketing suicide
rates, and more.
To find answers, Marcus gained unfettered access to students,
staff, and parents at the Academy at Swift River, a school that combines
intensive academic courses, wilderness survival training, and group
therapy to help teenagers in crisis regain emotional health. He focuses
on four kids: a privileged Southern girl immersed in drug abuse and
unsafe sex, the self-destructive son of teachers who is grappling with
anger about being adopted, a black youth from a tough New York neighborhood who is consumed by depression, and a once high-achieving
Florida girl "broken" by the death of her mother.
While uncovering what drove these kids and their parents to Swift
River, Marcus opens the black box of the teenage mind. As he reveals the
intense, dramatic process that sets most of these kids right, he weaves a
taut, absorbing tale and charts a path to hope that any kid, any parent,
The author reveals the intense, dramatic process that sets teens in crisis back on the right path at the Academy at Swift River, a school known for combining intensive academics, wilderness survival and group therapy. He charts a path to hope that any kid and parent can take, whether in crisis or not.
The Academy at Swift River specializes in one of the toughest tasks a school can undertake: helping teenagers in crisis regain their bearings. During a fourteen-month academic term at the school, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David L. Marcus witnesses the intense process that turns these kids around.
In his time on campus, Marcus gets to know a diverse and remarkable group of teenagers: a former straight-A student reeling from the death of her mother, a teachers' son grappling with anger over being adopted, a southern girl immersed in drug abuse and unsafe sex, and a boy from Queens overwhelmed by depression. Granted full access to the Swift River proceednigs, Marcus is given the rare chance to observe the students' struggles and see their transformations from the inside. In What It Takes to Pull Me Through, he charts a path to redemption that any teen, any parent, can follow.
About the Author
David L. Marcus has been an education writer and foreign correspondent at U.S. News & World Report, the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, and the Dallas Morning News, where he was the cowinner of a Pulitzer Prize. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he is a contributing editor at U.S. News. He is frequently invited to speak at schools and conferences.
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