For Better, For Worse by Janet Bode
A Guide To Surviving Divorce For Preteens And Their Families

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My parents are talking divorce and I'm thinking, "Is it something I did? What happens now? Who do I live with? Will we still live together or will we separate?"

So many questions with no answers.

Divorce affects half of the nation's children. As parents divorce and remarry, kids can feel squeezed and battered emotionally. Often they wonder if what they are experiencing is normal. Often they feel confused. Often they feel alone.

Janet Bode explored these feelings in interviews with more than a thousand students, as well as parents, therapists, religious leaders, teachers, and others. From these interviews she presents first-person accounts that detail the effects of divorce and offers solutions that have worked. A separate section geared to adult readers aims to help them minimize both the short-term and long-range impact of divorce on their children. And a final section suggests print and on-line resources for kids and their parents.

This is a needed, compelling, and inspiring guide for what can be a difficult time in anyone's life. For Peter, and anyone else with "so many questions," For Better, For Worse is a book of answers.


About Janet Bode

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Janet Bode is the author of more than a dozen books for children, teenagers, and adults. Many of her books have been selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. She specialized in writing down-to-earth, problem-solving books about issues confronting today's teens and preteens, such as eating disorders, sibling problems, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, and juvenile crime. Ultimately these are books of hope: Problems have solutions, and readers learn that what worked for others can work for them. A frequent speaker in schools, libraries, conferences, and on radio and television, Janet lived in New York City. She passed away in December 1999.
Published February 1, 2001 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As in their previous collaborations (Colors of Freedom, Voices of Rape, not reviewed), Bode and Mack portray an issue through the voices of children and adults affected by it.

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Divided into two parts, the first ""For girls and boys,"" the second for parents, For Better, For Worse: A Guide to Surviving Divorce for Preteens and Their Families by Janet Bode and Stan Mack offers quotes from children who have lived through their parents' divorce and encourages parents to tal...

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This book contains first-person accounts from real kids who have exerienced divorce and faced big issues like remarriage and stepparents and siblings.

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