Tweens and Teens! Think you know everything about your brain? Think again!
Your brain is in its second decade, and that means you have the opportunity to blaze your own trail by shaping your brain, building its strengths, and avoiding dangers with the decisions you make. Your brain is an amazing vehicle that will take you through every one of your life’s experiences. Wouldn’t it be good to have an owner’s manual?
The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain is packed with the goods on glia and the news about neurons, with a cool way to test your brain power and the scoop on how it’s OK to make mistakes―they’ll make you stronger, if you use them as an opportunity to learn. It’s all about training your brain to help youbecome the very best version of yourself!
The exciting follow-up to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain has won six awards: The Academics’ Choice “Smart Book” Award; The PubWest Book Design Gold Award; The Mom’s Choice Gold Award; The Moonbeam Silver Award, The Nautilus Silver Award; and The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.”
In their introduction, the Deaks use the analogy of learning to drive a car to describe how their book is going to help adolescents learn to drive their brains. The idea of a car owner’s manual is quite apt, since the two PhDs take readers on a hard-science tour of the physical makeup of the brain and offer ways to better understand, protect, and improve it. Though the authors are initially heavy with terms like neuron, axon, and corpus callosum, they work hard to not alienate the less scientifically inclined by using a friendly, reassuring manner and frequent references to invitingly familiar things, such as sports and music. Harrison’s warm illustrations help considerably, featuring smiling adolescents interacting with enlarged parts of the brain’s geography or playing guitar, and these pictures situate the reading audience comfortably at the lower end of adolescence. With recommendations for exercising and working hard, a section devoted entirely to puberty, a glossary, and further-reading suggestions, this is a well-rounded primer that will help adolescents and delight (and potentially educate) their parents. Grades 4-6. –Jesse Karp