Helpful Books

  • Periodically I will update this section with books I find to be of interest to students and parents.

    Books on Addiction:

    Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (David Sheff, 2008). This book is a good resource for parents who have children struggling with drugs and alcohol problems. The author discusses his son's addition to drugs, specifically Meth, and how he and his family cope with their son's addiction.

    Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Nic Sheff, 2008). This is a first person memoir of Nic Sheff's struggle with drug addiction. This book allows an inside look into how a person with a drug addiction struggles with life and attempting to stay sober. Please be advised the content of this book is suited more for older more mature high school students.

    Books on Child and Adolescent Development:


    Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children (Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman). This book discusses various aspects of child and adolescent developmental theory. They argue many of the popular beliefs about how to raise children are in fact counterproductive or even destructive towards a child's development. Topic such as why children lie, are products such as "Baby Einstein" effective, and the predictive value of IQ testing with young children, are covered. This is a thought provoking book for parents who have school age children or are planning to have children.

    Books on Teen Mental Health Issues:

    Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenagers Experience with Bipolar Disorder (Patrick E. Jamieson). The author gives an account of his own personal experiences in dealing with bipolar disorder. He describes his initial struggles and symptoms during high school, his difficulties in college, and how this disorder affects him as an adult. A beneficial aspect of this book is his descriptions of the experiences he has when hospitalized. When students are in need of hospitalization for mental health conditions the hospitalization can be a scary experience. This book give insight into this experience for individuals with mental health conditions and the people in their lives.

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

    Teacher Teens with ADD and ADHD: A quick reference guide for teachers and parents. (Chris A. Zeigler Dendy). This book provides a wide range of strategies, tips, and guidance for teachers and parents who have student with ADD/ADHD. Also has a section of reproducible forms to help with time management, study strategies, and graphic organizers.