Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling author of The O'Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone
, and Who's Looking Out for You?
talks straight to kids this time. He is as demanding, direct, and wry as ever but he's also more revealing too, sharing candid snapshots of his own childhood throughout.
Bill O'Reilly, a former schoolteacher, now an award-winning broadcast news journalist, husband, and father of two, joins forces with an experienced educator to bring you, America's youth, a code of ethics by which to live. In this latest book, Bill takes to task bullies, cheaters, advertisers who target you irresponsibly, and parents who fight for their children to win undeserved honors instead of earning them on their own merit.
He lays bare the unvarnished truths about sex, money, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and friends. What he has to say about these issues may very well surprise you. He offers coping devices for those enduring a divorce, struggling with teacher, parent, or sibling relationships, and planning their futures. He also shares wisdom on such subjects as death, politics, and God.
Whether you take the tests he's provided, take the advice he doles out, or just take a cue from the personal stories he shares, you're bound to make smarter choices in your life, and that's all Bill asks for.
"The authoritative tone will appeal to O'Reilly's fans, but will not engage adolescents who are not eager for advice from an adult whom they do not consider to be a role model." School Library Journal
"[T]he book...is best understood as an extension of the Bill O'Reilly brand and, to a lesser degree, a glimpse into the Bill O'Reilly psyche, which don't always overlap." Michael Newman, The New York Times Book Review
"[T]elevision's highest rated haranguer wants to bond with kids and guide them through the minefield that is adolescence. The tie-less, sweater-wearing visage of O'Reilly on the cover is there to let kids know this isn't bullying, opinionated, hatchet-man O'Reilly that's speaking to them. It's patronizing, out-of-touch, painfully-attempting-to-identify O'Reilly. And believe me, when it comes to relating with kids, O'Reilly is about as believable as a high school narc." Gerry Donaghy
(read the entire Powells.com review
The controversial and widely admired media star delivers a strong dose of no-holds-barred advice and unvarnished truth with this "survival guide" for teens.
About the Author
For more than thirteen years, Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-rated cable news program, frequently topping those offered by broadcast networks. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, he served as a national correspondent for ABC News and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies and appeared high on the New York Times bestseller list for more than fifty-two weeks, as well as four previous nonfiction works, all of which went to number one on that same list. In addition, The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's nonfiction titles in 2005. All in all, more than five million copies of O'Reilly's books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and from Boston University.