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Author: Laurie Adelman

Illustrator: Michael Qualben, cover

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Publisher: Langmarc Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: This handbook draws on personal and family experience to offer a program for helping shy people. Reading this book gives you the knowledge and tools necessary to help shy children overcome their reticence to actively participate in life. This a process book for parents to help a shy child recognize their potential.

Type of Reading: family reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 14 and up; read yourself: 14 and up

Interest Level: 14 and up

Age of Child: not applicable

Young Reader Reaction: This is a book for guided reading with a pre-teen/teen and an adult.

Adult Reader Reaction: Although I am usually very skeptical about testimonials, this manual is everything it says that it is. The kudos are well deserved. The program is the culmination of 25 years of research. It is an orderly process to implement and results will follow very quickly.

Pros: This is a self-help book that works. The professional and parental testimonials to the effectiveness of this program are extraordinarily positive and impressive.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Even if your family is not personally affected by shyness, you and your children will likely encounter someone who is. Shyness is a behavior with which many people, children and adults, struggle. Parents, teachers, coaches, care-givers should be aware of this program and have access to the manual. They appreciate how difficult and painful it is to cope with the fears and anxieties experienced by those who are shy.


Educational Themes: Shyness is not life-threatening, but to those who are afflicted, it negatively affects their self image and increases personal anxiety. This book is a practical and scientifically tested program for eliminating shyness and the anxieties that it causes.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - family, guidebook, middle grade, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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