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Go To Help: 31 Strategies to Offer, Ask For, and Accept Help

Go To Help: 31 Strategies to Offer, Ask For, and Accept Help

It’s OK to ask for help! Who really likes hearing that? I mean, we know it’s “OK”, but we are conditioned to think that asking for help is weakness or a form of ‘giving up’. I am the worst at asking for help. Go To Help: 31 Strategies to Offer, Ask For, and Accept Help takes this exact topic and makes it such a fun and engaging read to bring you skills to ask for help and even how to handle those who won’t accept your help.

how to handle those who won't accept your help.

The Mother-daughter team Deborah Grayson Riegel and Sophie Riegel, the authors, blend their respective backgrounds in coaching and mental health advocacy to bring this book as an effective to tools or ask and offer help. It is hilarious at times and so relatable to everyone in many ways.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Offer help that inspires others to learn and grow
  • Manage when someone doesn’t accept your help
  • Reject requests when you’re overloaded
  • Ask specifically for the kind of help that’s actually useful

The book is available now in bookstores and online at Amazon.

Books Reviews

The Book of Greatest Leadership Quotations

The Book of Greatest Leadership Quotations

When not working on the blog, I am working at the school. I am the High School Bookkeeper and ASB Secretary. The students I engage most with are ASB kids – athletes, leaders and the do-ers. These kids run the student store, plan events, sell tickets for fundraisers, run concession stands and plan assemblies. These are kids that add ‘Leadership skills’ to their resumes.

When I received this book, The Book of Greatest Leadership Quotations, I knew this belonged I their classroom. This can be a great resource for them and inspire these students because the book is organized for leaders or today and the future. It presents quotations which speak to this concept and apply it to the world. Ideal for business, community, or other leadership roles, readers will find essential inspiration.

The Book of Greatest Leadership Quotations is available now on Amazon and book stores near you.

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2 Fiction books your teen will love

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This is book #1 of the The Legendborn Cycle (series). Legendborn became an instant New York Times Bestseller and was the winner of the Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award! This is a hit in our high school library where I work.

The book is full of mystery and magic. It is labeled as a YA contemporary fantasy for ages 14+.

Book Description:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. 

A flying demon feeding on human energies. 

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. 

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. 

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. 

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

Available on Amazon!

Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch is a book where Dry meets Hatchet. It is labeled as a YA Mystery, Fiction.

Book description:

When seventeen-year-old Zara escaped her father’s backwoods survivalist compound five years ago, she traded crossbows and skinning hides for electricity and video games…and tried to forget the tragedy that drove her away. 

Until a malware attack on the United States electrical grids cuts off the entire country’s power. 

In the wake of the disaster and the chaos that ensues, Zara is forced to call upon skills she thought she’d never use again—and her best bet to survive is to go back to the home she left behind. Drawing upon a resilience she didn’t know she had, Zara leads a growing group of friends on an epic journey across a crumbling country back to her father’s compound, where their only hope for salvation lies. 

But with every step she takes, Zara wonders if she truly has what it takes to face her father and the secrets of her past, or if she’d be better off hiding in the dark.

Available on Amazon.

These titles are published by Simon Schuster.

Books Reviews, Children's Books

5 Summer Books for Tweens and Teens

5 Summer Books for Tweens and Teens

Simon & Schuster Publishing has some great titles and these 5 books for tweens and teen’s will make for some great summer reading.

The Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough

Sutton is a science-minded, 10-year old girl who loves robotics. Luis is a writer who stays indoors a lot to himself. Sutton and Luis couldn’t be more different from each other. Except now that their parents are dating, these two have to find some common ground. Will they be able to navigate their way down a path they never planned on exploring? Ages 8+ Available on Amazon.

Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

Yolanda Rodríguez-O’Connell has a secret. All the members of her family have a magical gift—all, that is, except for Yolanda. Still, it’s something she can never talk about, or the townsfolk will call her family brujas—witches. When her grandmother, Wela, falls into an unexplained sleep, Yolanda is scared. Her father is off fighting in a faraway war, her mother died long ago, and Yolanda has isolated herself from her best friend and twin sister. If she loses her grandmother, who will she have left? But she also finds the healing power of the magic all around her, which just might promise a new beginning. Ages 10+ Available on Amazon.

Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez

Juan has plans. He’s going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself—or at least find something better than his mom Fabi’s cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen.

His best friend JD has plans, too. He’s going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quentin Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (NOT Steven Spielberg). He’s got a camera and he’s got passion—what else could he need? Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­—like road trip to visit Mando (possibly Juan’s Dad). Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can’t plan for… Ages 9+ Available on Amazon.

The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Here by Marjorie Agosin

Celeste is determined to help her beloved Butterfly Hill get back to the way it was and to encourage her neighbors to fight to regain what they’ve lost. More than anything, Celeste wishes she could bring back her best friend, Lucilla, who was one of many to disappear during the dictatorship. Celeste tries to piece together what happened, but it all seems too big to fix—until she receives a letter that changes everything.

When Celeste sets off on her biggest adventure yet, she’ll uncover more heartbreaking truths of what her country has endured. But every small victory makes a difference, and even if Butterfly Hill can never be what it was, moving forward and healing can make it something even better. Ages 10+ Available on Amazon.

Santiago’s Road Home by Alexandra Diaz

The coins in Santiago’s hand are meant for the bus fare back to his abusive abuela’s house. Except he refuses to return; he won’t be missed. His future is uncertain until he meets the kind, maternal María Dolores and her young daughter, Alegría, who help Santiago decide what comes next: He will accompany them to el otro lado, the United States of America. They embark with little, just backpacks with water and a bit of food. To travel together will require trust from all parties, and Santiago is used to going it alone. None of the three travelers realizes that the journey through Mexico to the border is just the beginning of their story. Ages 8+ Available on Amazon.