Grade 6-10?Falke explains the circumstances under which children may be taken from their parents; presents brief case histories of abuse, neglect, and abandonment; and describes the criteria that foster parents and their homes must meet. Issues such as the development of trust and communication and conflicting loyalties receive attention. The last chapter is a cliched pep talk that detracts from an otherwise excellent presentation. Geraldine Blomquist's Coping As a Foster Child (Rosen, 1992) is less focused, and Kathlyn Gay's Adoption and Foster Care (Enslow, 1990) is mainly concerned with adoption. Nash discusses practical issues of day-to-day life for biracial/biethnic teens, stressing the need for family communication and the support of peer groups and relevant organizations. Although the tone is upbeat and optimistic, her assessment of today's problems is frank. Janet Bode's Different Worlds (Watts, 1989) is about interracial dating; Paul Almonte and Theresa Desmond's Interracial Marriage (Crestwood, 1992) is less comprehensive; and Kathlyn Gay's The Rainbow Effect (Watts, 1987; o.p.) has an interview format. Rue refutes myths and tells readers what to expect and when. She offers common sense advice about easing discomfort and maintaining personal hygiene, good health habits, and a positive self-image. This is a comprehensive treatment; the author's style is clear and direct, and the tone is warm and personal. A less lively, but adequate, title is Alan Nourse's Menstruation (Watts, 1987; o.p.). Black-and-white and full-color photographs appear throughout each title.?Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Gr. 6^-9. Initial chapters introducing terminology and the physiological changes that come with puberty are skimpy and could have benefited from better illustrations. But this entry in the long-running Need to Know Library should still find a place on the sex-education shelf. There's no coddling or phony enthusiasm in Rue's voice as she deals head on with common questions teens have about menstruation: What do I do if I stain my clothes? What about zits? What about odor? One of the best, most complete sections concerns tampon use and insertion. Another especially good chapter, "Old Wives' Tales--and the Right Stuff," is set up as an authentic-sounding slumber-party gab session, with girls spouting a host of common menstruation myths, which Rue later debunks one by one. General complaints are considered in the final chapter, with the author suggesting some standard remedies for menstrual discomfort, including guidelines for getting a pelvic exam from a doctor if one seems to be in order. Photographs, in black and white and in color, are of respectable quality and usually relate well to the text. For a more complete picture of puberty, send readers to Bourgeois and Wolfish's Changes in You & Me or to Madaras' What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls. Point them to Rue's book for a quick peek at the practical stuff. Further readings and a glossary are appended. Stephanie Zvirin
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Book Description Rosen Publishing Group, 1995. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11082391870X