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Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

Coping with Absent Parents

Coping With Absent Parents looks at parents working away (including in the military), divorce, separation, and immigration.

Reading LevelGrades 6-8
Interest LevelGrades 4-7
ATOS Level6.3
AR Points1
AR Quiz #141931
BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Page Dimensions6 3/8" x 9 1/4"
Page Count48
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $33.32 School/Library Price

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Booklist - Courtney Jones

"No doubt the thrill of armchair discovery awaits young explorers…" - Booklist

October 1, 2011

School Library Journal - Richelle Roth

"These titles do little to ease the stress of struggling kids, and their potential as resources for school reports is undermined by a lack of citations. Absent Parents discusses a broad range of situations that might separate children from their parents: work, military service, addiction, prison, divorce, severe illness. Bullying, the title with the most potential, brakes down the different types of bullying–verbal, physical, cell phone, and Internet – and suggests methods for overcoming them. Domestic Violence, marred by typos, covers violence between parents and violence inflicted on children, as well as altered living arrangements and foster care. All of the books give generic, scripted advice, which is repeated throughout instead of explained. A lack of personal stories, coupled with staged photos, detaches readers from the subject matter. One bright spot, found in Domestic Violence and Bullying, is the shared experiences and photos of celebrities who have dealt with violence and absent parents are hard to come by, yet affected kids will not be helped by these volumes. Alternately, Ouisie Shapiro’s Bullying and Me (Albert Whitman, 2010) captures personal experiences, and Debbie Fox’s Good-Bye Bully Machine (Free Spirit, 2009) explains the topic in child-friendly language. – Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY School Library Journal June 2011" - School Library Journal

June 1, 2011

Voya - C.J. Bott

"The Real Life Issues series includes books about coping with bullying, domestic violence, absent parents, illness, unemployment, moving away, and more. Coping with Absent Parents is very clear that parental absence involves circumstances unrelated to the child, and there are several tips to help a family cope during the separation. It explains that there are many reasons parents may be away from home for extended periods of time: jobs commitments, military service, separation and divorce, hospitalization, addiction, or social problems. Though Coping with Bullying does not present a definition from research on bullying, it does discuss several different types of bullying. The information focusing on electronic aggression is brief but very informative. In Coping with Domestic Violence, Miles explains that domestic violence exists in a defined situation where love is the expected norm; therefore, the violent behavior is more deeply felt as a betrayal. Because dating violence is discussed, this book is directed to a slightly older audience than the other books. Competently written for young students—not parents, teachers, or other adults, though all adults who work with this age group would benefit from reading this series—the information is accessible, informative, accurate, and surrounded with colorful photographs of diverse young people. The photos, along with the books’ length, make this series more appealing than other self-help books. The last pages include a brief list of references consisting of three to seven books, five to eight websites, a two-page glossary, and a short index. Anna Pezalla is listed as the consultant for the series." - Voya

October 1, 2011


Omaha Public Schools - LE Lomax

"This book is very timely because of the increasing number of children living in family situations in which parents are divorced or who are deployed on military duties. In brief chapters, the author discusses situations in which children may find themselves when their parents are not living in the household: parents who are working away from home; parents are deployed on military service; parents are suffering from addition; parents are separated or divorced; parents are ill; parents are incarcerated. The author sensitively discusses each reason and offers suggestions on dealing, including individuals who can help children with the loss like family members or counselors. The book ends with a "top ten" list of ways to cope when a child’s parent is missing from the household.The book is just a starting point for children dealing with a missing parent. Includes: a glossary, a short bibliography and a short list of some organizations and some websites that can help the readers, and an index. – LE Lomax, South High School Omaha Public Schools 9/13/2011" - Omaha Public Schools

September 13, 2011

Library Media Connection - Candi Pierce Garry and Kate Loker

"...ultra-modern, easily readable, and surprisingly comprehensive. . . .definitely have a place in the middle school library." - Library Media Connection

January 1, 2012

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