Intermediate / Secondary Reviews (NZ books)

NZ Reviewed Books:

Stuff that sucks

Stuff that sucks: Accepting what you can't change and committing to what you can by Ben Sedley 

With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages you to accept your emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to you, giving you the tools to help clarify your personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide you in your day-to-day behaviour. Read Jono Selu's review here.

Bullies and warriors

Bullies and warriors by Tim Tipene 

In this well-regarded novel, Tim Tipene depicts the reality of bullying-and strategies to address it-for children on both sides of the problem. It addresses bullying head-on, and weaves practical solutions into a universal story. Read Olivia Piper and Sophia Graham's review here.

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons: A resource for young people dealing with depression & anxiety by Painter and Krieble

Written by young people who have been there, this book provides an understanding of what depression and anxiety is like, and helps make sense of it all. Practical advice is given on how to deal with depression and anxiety. This resource is an excellent for young people. It could also be used to give parents an idea of what their adolescent is going through. Read Kate Cherven's review here.

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Rising tide [He tai pari] by Julie Burgess-Manning and Jenny Cooper

Rising Tide/He Tai Pari is an engaging junior fiction self-help text for ages 8-12 that follows Ari through a series of challenging events and resolution. The book includes peer reviewed therapeutic lesson plans and family exercises. Read Anna Mowat's review here.

Because everything

Because everything is right but everything is wrong by Erin Donohue 

Can you be lost and not know it? Can other people stop you from being lost? Seventeen-year-old Caleb’s world is disintegrating, his walls are closing in, his sky is threatening to fall. He’s barely holding on. To deadlines. To friends. To family. To mum. To Pat. But he has Casey. Maybe she can save him. Read Nicola Corner's review here.

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Young Queen by Parris Goebel

Parris Goebel was destined to make her mark. Young Queen is the autobiography of a dancer with a dream ... a young Polynesian girl who grew up in New Zealand and went on to conquer the hip hop world.  Read Jono Selu's review here, and Harriet Jolly's here.

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Kick Depression by Jack Stack

This free e-book contains a number of scientifically proven ways to help you to get through the hard times, with a sprinkling of ‘honest’ language, and a few pretty graphics to balance out the colourful words inside. Read Meg Rogers review here.

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Play your best card

Play Your Best Card is a team-based game that encourages teens to have conversations on a range of topics relevant to young people. It also encourages them to discuss challenges and what to do in a range of different situations. The discussions change every time the game is played, as young people are given the creative challenge of coming up with relatable stories based on the cards in the deck. Read Briar Matthews's review here.

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The book of knowing

The inspiration for "Knowing" came from Gwendoline Smiths very successful blog Dr Know.  Answering requests from thousands of young people around the globe. Although the knowledge contained in these pages would enlighten people of all ages, it is primarily targeted to 14 - 25 year-olds. It is an accessible and informative read, based in science and logic. At the same time funny and educational, illustrated by two 18 year-old illustrators. Read Gray Smith review here.




















































































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