Beating the Odds: Stories of Unexpected Achievers

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Profiles a series of young people who overcame seemingly impossible odds--drugs, poverty, sexual abuse--and not only survived but became successes in their own right.

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Grade 8-12-- An insightful and effective presentation. Bode uses the same case study/personal interview technique she employed in Different Worlds (1989), New Kids on the Block (1989), Voices of Rape (1990), and Truce (1991, all Watts). She once again combines true stories of teen lives with professional analyses, advice, and realistic potential solutions. Here 11 adolescents who face seemingly insurmountable problems and succeed in spite of their negative environments and situations tell their own stories. The poignant portraits depict life in a welfare hotel, dysfunctional families, illegal aliens, single teen parents, victims of sexual and emotional abuse, parental suicide and addiction, the emotional and physical effects of a handicap, an arranged marriage, and a teen serving time in an adult penal institution. Guidance from a variety of adult professionals who share basic, but quite diverse, rules for success is presented between the personal accounts. A concluding overview of the tips given is provided, focusing attention on practical strategies. Readers are given food for thought that can be digested sequentially or randomly. Connect the right audience with this very right book. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
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From Kirkus Reviews:

Bode, who specializes in books about young people with problems, presents some kids whose problems are immense but who have managed to rise above them. The individual stories are believably told in the voices of the teens themselves; they range through the homeless, pregnant, handicapped, abused, addicted, or imprisoned to those fighting immigration authorities in order to remain in this country. For most, it's sheer inner strength that pulls them through; they cite such survival tactics as self-esteem, determination, devotion to studies, persistance, faith, and good mentors. Alternate chapters give the points of view of adults- -neighbor, counselor, psychologist, probation officer--who succinctly articulate survival skills; many have had bad times in their own youth. Bound to grip--and potentially valuable as a counseling tool. It says things that young people on the edge need to hear-- Matthew's ``Don't limit yourself''; Rula's ``I am the only one of me. And I'm special''; or Keisha's enthusiastic ``I'm hot.'' Includes a final list of steps to success that are both feasible and rational. The single ``source note'' hardly seems worth a whole page; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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