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Coping with moving
Greenwald, Dorothy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Rosen Pub. Group, 1987.
Physical Description:
vii, 133 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Booklist Review

Part of an uneven self-help series, the author's chirpy guide combines upbeat psychological counseling with practical advice. Unfortunately the useful information is padded with simplistic fictionalized case histories, including brand names and slang that will quickly date (```I'm going to have a hairy fit!' screamed Jessica''). More seriously, the view of teenagers as obsessed with trivia is demeaning (``chances are that [politics is] all a big yawn to you'') as is the superficial discussion of racism (``prejudice is no longer fashionable''). The best chapters give detailed, concrete advice on such basics as how to pack, plan a new room, and have a garage sale, as well as on more complex issues such as how to leave and arrive, and how to deal with family stress and the conflicting needs of teens and parents. Includes a useful index. A grade 5 reading level makes this suitable also as high/low material. Gr. 7-12. HR. 648'.9 Moving, Household [CIP] 87-16558

School Library Journal Review

ea. vol: index. (Coping With Series). CIP. Rosen. 1987. PLB $10.97. Gr 8 Up Carter and Monnig nurse read ers through check-in, roommates, visi tors, boredom, schoolwork, and the hardships of a long-term stay. Sections on physical therapy, counseling, and psychiatric admission reveal an optimis tic view of intervention. The authors ably advocate the young patient's right to knoweven if it means quizzing a closed-minded doctor. Some of the writ ing is agreeably adult (``Catch-22,'' ``emotional tarbaby,'' ``parry''), but much is unnervingly exotic (``bumfuz zeled''), precious (``for cats' sake!'') or patronizing. The breezy treatment of Moving brims with concocted profiles of teens fouled in the nets of parental relo cation. In Greenwald's productive view, ``coping'' with moving is not simply deal ing with on-edge emotions; amid the pep talks are solid tips on the mechanics of changing location without losing one's own center. An interesting chapter ex plores strategies to use on parents if so cial or educational concerns demand that a teen stay in the old town for a while, and advice to marshal the family into a stress- dispelling discussion forum is indisput ably challenging. A modern stand on teen sex (up to you, but use birth control) is balanced by an unmistakable pitch against obeying peer pressure. The in dexing is unreliable, but luckily unneces sary. Paul Bogrow, Pasadena , Calif. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.