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Coping with an illiterate parent
Rue, Nancy N.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 1990.
Physical Description:
125 pages ; 23 cm
Advice for young people whose parents can't read in helping to deal with what is really a whole-family problem and changing that situation for the better.
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.3 4.0 12955.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.4 7 Quiz: 02496 Guided reading level: NR.
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LC151 .R84 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Some 27 million Americans older than seventeen can't read or write well enough for everyday life. Many of these people are parents. How do children of illiterate parents fare? Rue tells these teens how to help themselves as well as help their parents.

Author Notes

Nancy Rue is an award-winning author. She majored in English at Stetson University and earned her master's degree in education at the College of William and Mary. Rue earned a degree in theatre from the University of Nevada, Reno, after eleven years of teaching English. She and husband Jim founded the Nevada Children's Theatre.

Rue is the author of adult titles the Sullivan Crisp Series and The Reluctant Prophet Series, as well as Antonia's Choice, Pascal's Wager, and Tristan's Gap. She is also the author of numerous children's and young adult novels.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Rue treats the issue of illiteracy as a family problem and, speaking directly to readers, looks at how a parent's reading difficulties alter family roles and relationships as well as how teenagers can cope both practically and emotionally.

School Library Journal Review

Rue's title is a less-than-successful entry in a generally useful series. What mars the book is the overall impression that children should be able to motivate parents to get reading instruction and the inappropriate slang used within the context of a formal presentation. However, the book is somewhat redeemed by excellent appendices that include addresses, how to become a literacy tutor, booklists, wordlists, and an index. Simpson gives evenhanded coverage to the issue of teenage parenthood and deals primarily with feelings and family relationships during and after a teen pregnancy. She does a better job of discussing the unplanned father's role and feelings than other books in the field, but does not delve into the practicalities of finances and child-raising. The outstanding feature here is a chapter on dealing with loss, whether through miscarriage, abortion, adoption, or stillbirth. She also addresses the fear of childbirth. Simpson concludes with a useful questionnaire to assess feelings regarding marriage, quitting school, abortion, adoption, leaving town, and other choices. A good booklist with many 1989 citations from popular periodicals is appended. Other useful titles on this subject are Sonia Bowe-Gutman's Teen Pregnancy (Lerner, 1987), Jeanne Lindsay's Teen Parenting (Morning Glory Pr, 1981; o.p.), and the Boston Women's Health Book Collective's The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (S. & S., 1985). --Anne Osborn, Youth Training School, Dept. of Youth Authority, Ontario, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.