WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Alateen began in 1957, but they didn’t have their first hardcover book until this one came out in 1973. Its origins were a pamphlet (which has been discontinued) & it was expanded to now have sections for Steps, Traditions, Slogans, Personal Stories, & an Alateen Timeline.
2. At 120 pages, it’s a quick read & a good general overview of Alateen. I would say it’s written more in a matter-of-fact style, rather than matters-of-the-heart (it didn’t affect me as emotionally as “Courage to Be Me” (item # B-23)). Plus, there are no drawings from 9 & 10 year olds in it, so I don’t think teens in high school would feel “talked down to” when reading this.
**BONUS: When reading this book I thought, “Have I read this already?” It turns out it seemed familiar because this book is quoted quite a bit in the “Things to Think About” section of the Alateen daily reader I blogged about last week. (Hint: see item # B-26.) It shows up 32 times!