A thorough and accessible resource for young people.

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MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

HANDLING LIFE WITH A CALM AND FOCUSED MIND

A guide to the history, methods, and benefits of mindfulness and meditation, which a growing body of research shows can change brains in ways that reduce stress and increase happiness.

The book guides readers through many strategies for practicing mindfulness, such as meditation, movement, and the cultivation of mental attitudes like compassion and gratitude. Throughout this empowering guide, the author helps teens understand their minds and frequently reminds them to reach out for help if their stressors feel overwhelming or if they are concerned about their mental health. More than two dozen practice scripts are included that present a variety of traditional approaches—such as noticing the breath, labeling thoughts, and moving mindfully—as well as contemporary updates, such as setting limits on screen time and mindful use of social media. The lack of recorded audio companions is an unfortunate omission considering that the resource is otherwise respectful of the varied lives and learning styles of its intended audience. The shaded information boxes and stock photos of diverse teens result in a textbook feel that may limit appeal, but for readers genuinely interested in the topic, this book has much to offer as they begin their practice and as it grows over time.

A thorough and accessible resource for young people. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information, index, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5415-4021-7

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Twenty-First Century/Lerner

Review Posted Online: May 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2019

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An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist.

MAYA LIN

THINKING WITH HER HANDS

One of the world’s most celebrated creators of civic architecture is profiled in this accessible, engaging biography.

Similar in style and format to her Everybody Paints!: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family (2014) and Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe (2011), Rubin’s well-researched profile examines the career, creative processes, and career milestones of Maya Lin. Rubin discusses at length Lin’s most famous achievement, designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chinese-American Lin was a reserved college student who entered and won the competition to design and build the memorial. Her youth and ethnicity were subjects of great controversy, and Rubin discusses how Lin fought to ensure her vision of the memorial remained intact. Other notable works by Lin, including the Civil Rights Memorial for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, a library and chapel for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the outdoor Wave Field project are examined but not in as much depth as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Attractively designed, the book is illustrated extensively with color photos and drawings.

An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4521-0837-7

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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ENDANGERED

From the Ape Quartet series , Vol. 1

Congolese-American Sophie makes a harrowing trek through a war-torn jungle to protect a young bonobo.

On her way to spend the summer at the bonobo sanctuary her mother runs, 14-year-old Sophie rescues a sickly baby bonobo from a trafficker. Though her Congolese mother is not pleased Sophie paid for the ape, she is proud that Sophie works to bond with Otto, the baby. A week before Sophie's to return home to her father in Miami, her mother must take advantage
of a charter flight to relocate some apes, and she leaves Sophie with Otto and the sanctuary workers. War breaks out, and after missing a U.N. flight out, Sophie must hide herself and Otto from violent militants and starving villagers. Unable to take Otto out of the country, she decides finding her mother hundreds of miles to the north is her only choice. Schrefer jumps from his usual teen suspense to craft this well-researched tale of jungle survival set during a fictional conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Realistic characters (ape and human) deal with disturbing situations described in graphic, but never gratuitous detail. The lessons Sophie learns about her childhood home, love and what it means to be endangered will resonate with readers.

Even if some hairbreadth escapes test credulity, this is a great next read for fans of our nearest ape cousins or survival adventure. (map, author's note, author Q&A) (Adventure. 12-16)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-16576-1

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 3, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2012

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