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Struggle to Be Strong 2019

The Struggle to Be Strong

True Stories by Teens About Overcoming Tough Times
Updated Edition


Available September 2019. Otis deals with the real-life consequences of online aggression; Artiqua dates a boy of another race despite her family’s opposition. 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 had more than their share of troubles. And all have the resiliency needed to face their troubles, live through them, and move forward with courage, confidence, and hope.

In thirty first-person narratives, teen writers share how they’ve overcome obstacles in their lives. As teens read, they discover they’re not alone in facing life’s difficulties. They learn about seven resiliencies everyone needs to survive and thrive in even the toughest times:
  • insight
  • independence
  • relationships
  • initiative
  • creativity
  • humor
  • morality 
In this updated edition, new stories feature topics such as social media, gender identity, and drug addiction. A “Think About It” section at the end of each story offers questions for personal reflection or discussion. Vivid, articulate, and candid, these stories will motivate readers of all ages to build the skills and strengths they need to triumph over adversity.

Part of Self-Help for Teens®
Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support teens’ social-emotional health.
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Paperback $15.99 84600W Paperback 84600W $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-63198-460-0
Interest Level: Ages 13 & up
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 184

Praise for the previous edition of The Struggle to Be Strong
“Engaging, empowering testimony to today’s teens struggling to make something of themselves.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“Easy to read and often inspiring.”—School Library Journal

“An important resource.”—Youthworker

Awards for the previous edition
  • Parent Council® Selection
  • Parent’s Guide Award

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