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Avenging the Owl by Melissa HArt

Needed now more than ever: a guide that includes 500 diverse contemporary fiction and memoir recommendations for pre-teens and teens to inspire greater empathy for themselves, their peers, and the world around them.
 
As young people are diagnosed with anxiety and depression in increasing numbers, or dealing with other issues that can isolate them from family and friends–such as bullying, learning disabilities, racism, or homophobia–characters in books can help them feel less alone. And just as important, reading books that feature a diverse range of real-life topics helps generate openness, empathy, and compassion in all kids. Better with Books is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, librarians, therapists, and caregivers who recognize the power of literature to improve young readers’ lives.
 

Each chapter explores a particular issue affecting preteens and teens today and includes a list of recommended related books–all published within the last decade. Recommendations are grouped by age: those appropriate for middle-grade and those for teens.
 


“The right book read at the right time can change a life, and that’s why Better with Books belongs in every library. Timely, compassionate, and wise, this is a remarkable reference guide.”

—Katherine Applegate, bestselling author of Wishtree and The One and Only Ivan