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Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens Booktalk

  • Grades: 9–12

Scholastic Booktalk

What do you have to know to be a success, as a person, at a job, with your family, at life? Let Terrie Williams and Queen Latifah share their wisdom with you.

You want to be a success? Sure you do – everyone does. But it’s not as easy as it seems. It’s a tough world out there, and sometimes you can get more from being cool and taking it easy than getting in someone’s face. It’s all about attitude, yours and theirs, and what kind of attitude will get you where you wanna go.

Maybe you’re thinking Terrie Williams has nothing to say to you, that she doesn’t know what it’s like being a teenager today. But every adult was once a teen, even though some of them don’t like to remember it. Terrie does remember, and besides that, she talks to kids and gives you their voices as well as her own.

Terrie Williams is head of her own public relations firm, one of the top ones in the business. Her clients include some of the biggest names in entertainment – Chris Rock, Janet Jackson, and Sean “Puffy” Combs, to name just a few. In this book she tells the amazing story of her career, and shares the secrets of her success – the same secrets she shares with the stars. She says, “I want to give kids something from my heart that is concrete – a kind of lifeline they can refer to, rely on, and hold on to.”

You’ll learn that no matter where you start from, if you want to, you can make it to the top. It won’t be easy, it never has been for anyone, no matter what it looks like from the outside. You’ll have to work on yourself and your way of facing the world, and figure out what your goal really is, and what you’re gonna have to do to get there.

Life isn’t always fair, and frequently isn’t what you expected. It’s full of successes and failures, times when you’re on the top of the world, or it’s on top of you. It’s about deciding what parts of it you want to keep and which you want to change. Let Terrie Williams show you how you can have more successes than failures, by changing the way you see yourself, your world, and what happens to you. And if what she’s telling you it isn’t easy? Guess what? It never is! But it is worth it.

This Booktalk was written by librarian and booktalking expert Joni R. Bodart


  • Subjects:
    Achievement and Success, Adolescent Issues, Growing Up, Understanding Self and Others