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The teen years are special, and over before you know it. CFotolia_21307563_XS_families_after_high_school.jpgThe library has resources for learning about this sometimes exciting, other times exasperating step to adulthood. 

These books will guide teens and their families to the best path on their voyage of discovery. 

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Mad: How to Deal with Your Anger and Get Respect
by James J. Crist
Anger is a normal human emotion for everyone, but some teens go too far and get into trouble with their parents, their school, or the law. This practical, supportive book helps teens understand and handle their anger, and provides positive methods to help them control their anger.

Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
by John Townsend
Dr. Townsend gives important keys for establishing healthy boundaries---the bedrock of good relationships, maturity, safety, and growth for teens and the adults in their lives. The book offers help in raising your teens to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions.
The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens
by Sean Covey
The phenomenal bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens provides exercises, in-depth guidance, and practical solutions to six major challenges every teenager faces.
Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Two leading experts explain the brave new world inhabited by "digital natives"--the first generation born and raised completely wired.
Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are Really Doing Online
by Anastasia Goodstein 
Totally Wired is the first inside guide to explore what teens are doing on the Internet. Goodstein, speaking with professionals and teens, explains how teens use technology--including the benefits and drawbacks--and how parents can set realistic boundaries in cyber space.
Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers
by Peter L. Benson 
Sparks--when illuminated and nurtured--give young people joy, energy, and direction. They have the power to change a young person's life from one of "surviving" to "thriving." Grounded in new research with thousands of teenagers and parents, Sparks offers a step-by-step approach to helping teenagers discover their unique gifts, and works for "all" families, no matter their economic status, parenting situation, or ethnic background.
Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens
by Laura S. Kastner and Jennifer Wyatt
With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, noted teen expert Dr. Laura Kastner shows parents how to stay calm and cool-headed while dealing with hot-button issues everything from rude attitude and lying to sex and substance use -- with clear, easy-to-follow suggestions for setting limits while maintaining a close and loving relationship.
Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Difficult Parents in Your Child's Life
by Rosalind Wiseman with Elizageth Rapoport 
Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they're back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Wiseman delivers the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace.
Lose Your Cool: Discovering a Passion That Changes You and the World
by Zach Hunter 
Most teens today have a lot of interests. But if you ask them what they're passionate about---what they're willing to give up everything for---you may not get an answer. Zach Hunter is a passionate teenager who believes that passion is ignited when a spark gets close enough to your heart to cause your passion to burst into flames. As your students read stories of people who have used their passion to change the world, they may find their own world-changing passion ignited.