This is a book for those end-of-primary-school, start-of-secondary-school tweens who are perhaps struggling to find their place with their peers. It’s designed to help children discover what’s holding them back and have the confidence to be themselves. This title was written by youth charity ‘Ditch the Label’ founder, Liam Hackett, based on his experiences as a teenager, it has an authentic viewpoint which tweens will relate to.
The book is divided into seven topics, each exploring a different fear children may experience. These included the fear of being judged, the fear of emotions and the fear of failure, among others. Each section in a mix of real-life anecdotes, top tips, scientific reasoning and thought-pricking questions. All with the aim of supporting readers in processing their own fears and emotions and develop strategies to minimise or deal with them.
I love the eye-catching illustrations and layout of the pages; they’re sure to engage their target audience. Having read it myself and shared it my nearly eleven-year-old, I would say that it’s entirely appropriate for anyone about to embark on secondary school and may help open up some otherwise difficult conversations.
*Many thanks to Scholastic for sending me this title to review*