At a quick glance, Carrie seems just like everybody else in her seventh-grade class. But watch her a little longer and Carrie looks very different. She shrugs a little too violently, coughs a little too often, and jerks her head in uncontrollable bursts. She has Tourette Syndrome. And at a time when all a kid wants to do is blend in with the crowd, she stands out like crazy.
Diagnosed at the end of sixth grade, Carrie spent the summer trying different medicines, but the side effects were even worse than the symptoms of Tourette. So she faced the upcoming school year knowing she’d be different. Now that seventh grade is almost over, Carrie’s happy to have made it through without major embarrassment.
Unfortunately, the last few weeks of school are proving harder than Carrie ever imagined. She gets a part in the school play; she signs up for a peer counseling group that her parents don’t know about; and she meets Rebecca, who’s so cool Carrie can’t believe she wants to be friends. But Rebecca doesn’t like Clyde, Carrie’s oldest friend in the world, who has stood by her through all her tics and twitches. The conflict that follows would be hard for anyone to deal with, Tourette Syndrome or not.
“Byalick skillfully personalizes a syndrome rarely dealt with in children’s literature, at the same time telling an appealing story of a likable protagonist whom readers will sympathize with, root for, and learn from” - Booklist
“Carrie’s voice is strong and the author tells a convincing story.”
- School Library Journal
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Furious at her father for destroying her world, Erika commits the one act that she knows can hurt him-and then must do battle with the demons of guilt that haunt her and at the same time lead her to a deeper understanding of the father she once loved and admired. Author, Marcia Byalick, in an auspicious debut, shows us a likable teenager who, when her life is turned upside down by her parent’s actions, must redefine for herself the most basic concepts of loyalty, honesty, and trust.
This story focuses on a timely topic in contemporary society, viewed
through the eyes of the unwitting vicims? The family. Readers will be
drawn to Erika’s self-examinations and her attempts to deal with the
sudden demise of her secure world. -School Library Journal
Erika, though painted as the average American teenager,
comes across as bland; her personality is frequently overwhelmed by the s
heer drama of the situation she faces. Nevertheless, Byalick raises provocative questions and provides no easy answers. -Kirkus Review
You, too, can do a better job of juggling your work and that third career, home and family. The Third-Career Couple shares male and female points of view from its interviews with 80 two-income couples and combines them with expert advice, current research finding – and just the right dose of humor.
The authors, both journalists, offer a blend of suggestions and strategies from professional experts in various fields such as psychology, finance, communication, and information statistics, interviews with more than 80 two-income couples who share their experiences; and the findings of current research. Recommended for general readers. – Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community College Library, Garden City, N.Y. - LIBRARY JOURNAL
The Three Career Couple provided tips on how both working partners
in a family can better manage the juggling act of two careers and the shared responsibility of home. - EXECUTIVE FEMALE
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Where do the roots of addictive behavior lie — in our genes or in our environment, in our chemistry or in our character? In the Craving Brain, Dr. Ronald Ruden assets that the roots of addiction most definitely do not lie in our character. Rather, they lie in a complex chain reaction that originates in an ancient survival mechanism in the brain. When this system is inappropriately activated, it drives the body to crave, sometimes with addictive behavior as the end result. In clear straightforward language, Dr. rude outlines his remarkably successful treatment program which he believes can cure this problem.
Ronald A. Ruden, MD. PHD, is a a leader in the field of medicine. Harvard-trained, he is that rare breed of clinician-scientist whose research is conducted with real patients, from his private office. Marcia Byalick is the author of several self-help books, including It’s a Matter of Trust and How Come I Feel So Disconnected..If This is Such a User-Friendly World?
“A remarkable achievement…This will provide the impetus for study and investigation for years to come.”
David M. McDowell, M.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
In their wise and witty style, Byalick and Saslow share plenty of ways you can better connect with people, places, and things that give you stronger roots and bring more meaning to your life in chapters like:
• How Can I Be In My House and Feel So Far from Home?
Reinventing The American Dream--Past, Present and Personal
• I Feel Certifiable...It Must Be Thanksgiving
Making Friends With Your Family and Other Strangers
• God Knows Why We Need Him
Finding a Place for Religion in the Nanosecond Nineties
• Is This What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up?
Coping with Work when Routine Replaces The Dream
This delightful book, filled with good advice and solace, will help you rediscover those things that matter most, amid the chatter and challenges of every day.
Sloane, the best hip hop dancer in Lakeview Middle School, discovers her dad is not her biological father after he’s diagnosed with leukemia, and doctors hopscotch over her to get the compatible, life-saving bone marrow he needs from her eight-year-old sister. The fallout from this news…leads Sloane
to make questionable alliances and take uncomfortable risks.
As she figures out exactly how important what’s inherited is in creating who she is, she moves from assigning blame
and regains confidence
in her role as a daughter. Along the way she gains
a better understanding
of forgiveness, loyalty
and the unbreakable bonds of love.
Black Rose Writing
This is an excellent
book both for kids and parents and
By Claudia Copquinon, Feb. 28, 2015
Marcia Byalick has written a compelling fictional
story that seems quite real. Not only is 'the narrative captivating, and the characters she created both interesting and
well-rounded, but the object matter is extremely timely. This is an excellent book both for kids and parents and a great way to open a dialogue about the people we call our “family.” Every middle school library should have copies of this book available to their students.
What a beautifully written, heartfelt...
By Dr. Jenon,
March 1, 2015
What a beautifully written, heartfelt, moving, and entertaining novel! As a psychologist who works with middle schoolers, it is always refreshing to find an author who does not talk down to her audience, but rather treats them as smart, complex individuals they are. There is a depth of feeling and character that pervades this book, with the language and relationships ringing true. It is a compelling read, and presents issues that I have not found in other books of the genre. The nature of one’s identity,
what defines a parent vs. a father, and how people work through crisis and conflict to find connection and meaning – all of these themes are explored with intelligence and sensitivity. A must read!