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STAND UP! BE AN UPSTANDER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, by Wendy L. Moss (nonfiction book review)

book cover of Stand Up! Be an Upstander and Make a Difference, by Wendy L. Moss PhD. Published by Magination Press | recommended on BooksYALove.com

Unfair treatment,
Bullying at school and online,
Can one person make a difference?

Yes! One voice can add to the chorus asking for big changes or help a new student feel welcome by being an Upstander instead of an uncaring bystander.

Use the quizzes in each chapter to discover what kind of bystander you are – neutral, negative, or positive – and that your reactions will differ from situation to situation.

Become better at being kind to yourself, dealing respectfully with conflict, and working with others to brainstorm ways to make a difference.

Young people do have power to change unfair rules – learn strategies that help decision-makers see your viewpoint.

Kindness and anger are both contagious – educate yourself on ways to spread kindness and disrupt stereotypes that spread negativity.

In these times and in all times coming, you can educate yourself to be an Upstander, to positively help your family, school, community, and world.

Are you up for this?

Book info: Stand Up! Be an Upstander and Make a Difference / Wendy L. Moss, PhD. Magination Press, 2019. [author bio] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

How Not to Be a Dick, by Meghan Doherty (book review) – etiquette for everyone

book cover of How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty published by Zest BooksEating your last cupcake without asking!
Texting while walking on a busy sidewalk!
Cutting in line! What revolting behavior!

Honestly, we don’t need any more dicks in this world, so heed the advice in Doherty’s book while enjoying the off-the-wall life lessons shared by her retro characters (you’ll never think of cheese logs again without smiling).

pages from How Not to Be a Dick by Meghan Doherty published by Zest BooksThis humorous and helpful book is decidedly worth asking for at your local library or independent bookstore (a great graduation gift idea, too).

And, please, don’t sing on public transportation…


Book info: How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide / Meghan Doherty. Zest Books, 2013.   [author’s tumblr]  [publisher site]  [book trailer] Review copy, sample page images, and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Thoughtless, selfish people make life miserable for everyone – avoid becoming a dick like them by following the advice in this cartoon-laced etiquette guide for young adults (and older folk who should already know better)!

Meghan Doherty discusses how not to be a dick in relationships and at home, as well as at school, work, and play. Internet and travel etiquette are also covered (shoes-off = okay while online, not while on the bus), and her signature retro-sketched characters hold decent and dickish conversations throughout the book.

Whether it’s how to state your opinion without alienating your friends or how to divide chores fairly with your roommates, keeping her ten big guidelines in mind will smooth your way in life – without making you a doormat.

Please do pledge “to use the tools and techniques provided in this book to help make the world a less dickish place” – we’re all in this together!