Other Books for

Teen and Preteen Support and Help

(from other publishers)

This page is divided into three sections:

Books for Girls

Books for Boys

Books for Both Girls and Boys

Books for Girls

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons (Harcourt, Inc. 2002)

Odd Girl Out is filled with real-life stories about the teen culture of mean girls: bullies, cliques, attempts to ruin other girls’ reputations, and exclusion from social groups. Simmons discusses good and bad ways of dealing with this type of aggression.

Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman (Three Rivers Press/Random House, 2002)

This New York Times bestseller, the basis for the movie Mean Girls (2004, Paramount Pictures), helps both parents and girls deal with mean and nasty teenage girls, cliques, and other teen challenges: teasing, gossiping, dating, relationships, drugs and drinking, and peer pressure at parties.

Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl’s Guide to Getting through the Day with Smarts and Style by Erika V. Shearin Karres (Adams Media Corporation, 2004)

Mean Chicks, Cliques and Dirty Tricks identifies and helps you understand the different types of mean girls—the “snob,” the “bully,” the “teaser,” the “traitor,” the “clique chick,” and others—what makes them the way they are, why they act the way they do, and what you can do about them. This well-organized book makes it easy to find the answers you need to help you deal with these types of girls and provides quotes from real-life teens to help bring its message to life.

The Care and Keeping of Friends by Nadine Bernard Westcott (American Girl Library, 1996)

The Care and Keeping of Friends discusses how to choose and make good friends, how to be a good friend, and how to keep friendships. It also describes fun activities for friends to do together. This book was written for girls, but its numerous words of wisdom about friendship can apply to boys too.

The Girls Guide to Life by Catherine Dee (Little, Brown and Company, 2005)

The Girls Guide to Life is both a girl’s teen self-help book and an educational book about the social issues affecting girls and women. This interesting and highly informative book discusses issues such as self-esteem and body image and provides strategies for dealing with sexism, sexual harassment, and anti-girl bias in society.

Girlology: A Girl’s Guide to Stuff That Matters by Melisa Holmes, and Trish Hutchison (Health Communications, Inc. 2005)

Written by two female doctors with daughters of their own, this book is an excellent guide to understanding friends, relationships, boys, your body and body image, sex and sexuality, and what the authors call “Girl Power”: the power to shape your life and be confident making decisions and choices that matter for your life.

Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teen Life by Kim Cattrall and Amy Briamonte (Little, Brown and Company, 2006)

Actress Kim Cattrall offers her own advice on growing up, dealing with your parents, finding who you really are, learning self-control and more. She blends this advice with her own teenage experiences such as struggling with self-esteem and self-image, making mistakes, living through her parent’s divorce, and taking risks for her dreams of being an actress. Cattrall’s book is a wonderful and visually appealing book for girls.

Books for Boys

100 Things Guys Need to Know by Bill Zimmerman (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005)

Zimmerman offers 100 useful tips and words of wisdom for adolescent boys such as “You’re one of a kind,” “Get your sleep,” “Communication is important,” “School is your first career,” “Do what’s right for you,” and many more.

The Guy Book: An Owner’s Manual by Mavis Jukes (Random House, 2002)

Written in a fun style of an automobile or auto mechanic’s manual, this book provides an “owner’s manual” for your growing and changing body, teenage experiences with girls and shaving, and difficult decisions about smoking, drugs, drinking alcohol, and sex. Although the style of the book is entertaining, some teens might be uncomfortable with its sometimes tell-it-like-it-is explicit language.

Books for Both Girls and Boys

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey (Fireside Books, 1998)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook by Sean Covey (Fireside Books, 2004)

These books are a teen adaptation of Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The seven habits focus on behavior modifications such as “Begin with the end in mind,” or “Think win–win.” These seven strategies can help you change the way you do things or think about things and as a result improve your life. Along the way to teaching those seven strategies, Covey does a great job of providing words of wisdom about self-esteem and self-image and making the best choices you can make.

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make by Sean Covey (Fireside Books, 2006)

As its title indicates, this book is designed to guide you through what the author considers the six most important decisions you’ll make during your teen years— “make or break” decisions that can affect you for many years. This visually appealing book is loaded with colorful illustrations and quizzes that make it fun to read despite the heavy topics it sometimes addresses.

Life Strategies for Teens by Jay McGraw (Fireside Books, 2002)

Life Strategies for Teens Workbook by Jay McGraw (Fireside Books, 2001)

Daily Life Strategies for Teens by Jay McGraw (Fireside Books, 2002)

These books, written by his son, are an adaptation of Dr. Phillip McGraw’s Life Strategies, which were originally written for adults. Life Strategies for Teens offers ten “laws” or strategies to help you take control of your teen life and where it’s headed. Its “laws” such as “You cannot change what you do not acknowledge,” “Life is managed, not cured,” and “There is power in forgiveness,” are useful not only for your teen and preteen years but also for the rest of your life.

Closing the Gap: A Strategy for Bringing Parents and Teens Together by Jay McGraw (Fireside Books, 2001)

The goal of this book is to help teens and their parents close the generational, communication, and emotional understanding gaps between them, not just to make the teenage years easier but also to help parents raise teenagers who will become confident and safe young adults. Closing the Gap has a great list of “do’s,” “don’ts,” and “landmines” to help guide teens and their parents when communicating with each other.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Surviving Peer Pressure for Teens by Hilary Cherniss and Sara Jane Sluke (Alpha, 2002)

Surviving Peer Pressure for Teens teaches you to understand what is and what isn’t peer pressure, the types of peer pressure (how you dress, smoking, sex, drugs, drinking, and others), how to deal with peer pressure without losing your friends, and how to avoid your own urge to pressure people into doing things they don’t want to do. As with the other books in the popular “Idiot’s Guide” series, this book does an excellent job of explaining issues and summarizing the important points of each chapter or concept.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens by Richard Carlson (Hyperion, 2000)

This book provides 100 words of wisdom for teens, many focused on putting life into perspective, such as “Don’t sweat the breakups,” “Make peace with your mistakes,” “Don’t let your low moods trick you,” and “Trust your inner signals.”

Growing and Changing: A Handbook for Preteens by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman (Perigee, 2003)

Understanding puberty, your changing body, and changing feelings is the focus of this book. Growing and Changing is a highly informative and educational health-ed/sex-ed book that reads more like a schoolbook or medical book rather than a teen self-help book (there are no comic strips or colorful illustrations). Homeschoolers looking for a good health-ed/sex-ed book might consider this one.

High School’s Not Forever by Jane Bluestein and Eric D. Katz (Health Communications, Inc. 2005)

High School’s Not Forever is a great guide for dealing, in a positive way, with the many potentially negative things you might experience in high school: peer pressure; teasing about your weight, appearance, or religion; dating and breakups; school violence; and more. Quotes from dozens of teens add a great touch of reality to this book.

Out of the Darkness: Teens Talk about Suicide by Marion Crook (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004)

Marion Crook discusses her own research on teen suicide based on interviews with teens who attempted suicide (or considered it) to find out why and how they coped with their situation. Her book also examines the role of parents and schools in helping teens with this issue.

How I Stayed Alive when My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention by Susan Rose Blauner (William Morrow & Company, 2002)

In this compelling and important book, Blauner describes her multiple suicide attempts, how she finally found treatments that helped, and her revelation that most suicidal people really don’t want to die. She offers twenty-five “tricks” that suicidal persons (not just teens) can use to survive.

Who Moved My Cheese for Teens by Spencer Johnson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002)

The main theme of this book is how to find your way through the maze of life’s challenges to succeed during trying times. The focus of this book is helping young people be adaptable and resilient as they, and their lives, continually change. Who Moved My Cheese is a great book for young people facing change in their lives such as parental divorce, moving, changing schools, and changing friends.

When Something Feels Wrong by Deanna S. Pledge (Free Spirit Publishing, 2002)

When Something Feels Wrong is a critical book for any young person who has suffered physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect. This book will help you understand the abuse, why it is not your fault, what to do if you are currently being abused, and what you can do to heal your emotional scars.

If High School Is a Game, Here’s How to Break the Rules: A Cutting-Edge Guide to Becoming Yourself by Cherie Carter-Scott (Doubleday, 2001)

This book offers ten “truths” or guidelines to help you through your teenage years on topics such as friendships, making tough choices, questioning authority, figuring out who you are, and learning from your mistakes.

Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps for Success by Stedman Graham (Fireside Books, 2000)

The nine steps to success described in Graham’s book focus on knowing your own strengths and desires and how to achieve what it is you want to achieve.

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain (Free Spirit Publishing, 2007)

Written by the sister of rock star Curt Cobain, this book specifically deals with depression: its signs and symptoms, the types of depression, sources of depression, and its treatment.

The Gifted Kid’s Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook (Rev. Ed.) by Judy Galbraith, Jim DeLisle, and Pamela Espeland (Free Spirit Publishing, 1996)

Gifted young people face an array of challenges: feeling like they’re odd or a freak; feeling like they don’t fit in with their peers; extreme boredom at school that can lead to bad behavior; and being picked on for their good grades, intelligence, or “geekiness.” This book addresses those unique challenges and provides strategies for dealing with them.

What Teens Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Shape Your Own Future (Dream It! Do It!) by Peter L. Benson, Judy Galbraith, and Pamela Espeland (Free Spirit Publishing, 1998)

This book discusses “developmental assets,” that is, things in a teen’s life that help him or her to develop in a positive way (e.g., family support, self-esteem, role models).

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Chick Soup for the Teenage Soul

Taste Berries for Teens

Teen Ink: What Matters

There are many books in the Chicken Soup, Taste Berries, and Teen Ink series devoted to teens and preteens. These wonderful and popular books are collections of personal experience stories for teens written by teens. Each is a treasure full of heart-warming, hopeful, and inspirational messages. Most of the stories are short, so you can read one or two at a time whenever you need an inspirational boost. For the latest titles in the series, look at the teen section of your local bookstore or library.

© 2013 Chad E. Bladow