Synopses & Reviews
Jamel loses his friends to marijuana; Artiqua dates a boy of another race despite her family’s opposition. Youniqiue was abandoned by her mother; Charlene is raising her brothers and sisters because their mother is addicted to drugs; Craig is gay and worried about coming out.
All of these teens have more than their share of troubles. And all have the resiliency needed to face them, live through them, and move forward with courage, confidence, and hope.
In 30 first-person accounts, teens tell how they overcame major life obstacles. Many aren’t the everyday problems most kids encounter, which makes their stories especially compelling—and their successes especially inspiring.
As teens read The Struggle to Be Strong, they discover they’re not alone in facing life’s difficulties. They learn about seven resiliencies—insight, independence, relationships, initiative, creativity, humor, and morality—that everyone needs to survive and thrive in even the toughest times. Vivid, articulate, and candid, this book will motivate readers of all ages to build the skills and strengths they need to triumph over adversity.
“Engaging, empowering testimony to today’s teens struggling to make something of themselves.” —Voice of Youth Advocates
“An important resource.” —Youthworker
Parent Council® Selection
“Easy to read and often inspiring.” —School Library Journal
In first-person accounts, 30 teens reveal they have more than their share of troubles, and they have the resiliency needed to live through them and face the future with confidence. This book reveals resiliencies--insight, independence, relationships, initiative, creativity, humor, and morality--everyone needs to overcome tough times. Illustrations.
About the Author
Al Desetta, M.A., is an editor at Youth Communication, a New York-based nonprofit organization that teaches writing, journalism, and leadership skills to inner-city teens.
Sybil Wolin, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and co-director of Project Resilience, a private initiative based in Washington, D.C., that trains professionals to help youth and adults overcome hardships.
Table of Contents
I don't know what the word mommy means / Youniqiue Symone -- Beauty is more than skin deep / Danielle Wilson -- Controlling my temper / Christopher A. Bogle -- The answer was me / Eliott Castro -- Color me different / Jamal K. Greene -- I was a beauty school sucker / Tonya Leslie -- My weight is no burden / Charlene Johnson -- Losing my friends to weed / Jamel A. Salter -- Out, without a doubt / Craig J. Jaffe -- I'm Black, he's Puerto Rican... so what? / Artiqua S. Steed -- All talk and no action / Elizabeth Thompson -- She's my sister (not foster) / Tamara Ballard -- Bonding through cooking / Aurora Breville -- A love too strong / Tamecka Crawford -- Learning to forgive / Christopher A. Bogle -- It takes work to flirt / Danny Gong -- My struggle with weed / Craig J. Jaffe -- College can be hell / Tamecka Crawford -- Poetry brought out the performer in me / Shaniqua Sockwell -- How I graduated / Angi Baptiste -- How writing helps me / Terry-Ann Da Costa -- Why I live in a fantasy world / Cassandra Thadal -- Walking out the anger / Tamara Ballard -- My hair is blue - but I'm not a freak! / Lenny Jones -- How to survive shopping with mom / Chris Kanarick -- A mother to my mother's children / Charlene Johnson -- No one spoke up for Irma / Ana Angelica Pines -- I'm a seventeen-year-old therapist / Quantwilla L. Johnson -- Soldier girl / Max Moran -- How I made peace with the past / Paula Byrd.