Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hot Buttons Series by Nicole O'Dell

From the Back of the Book:
Author, mom, and broadcaster, Nicole O'Dell provides short scenarios followed by three or four responses that a teen might choose in that particular situation. Parents are then encouraged to help their children explore the issue, ask questions, and discuss the options, so when a similar situation comes up in real life, the teens are already prepared to respond.

The uniquely packaged Hot Buttons Series is an accessible, quick-reference resource that parents can use to equip their children to make the right decisions, even in the face of peer pressure and outside influences. More than just another how-to manual, the

Hot Button Internet edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics discussed include: internet activity, file sharing, social networking, and internet predators.

Hot Button Dating edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.

Hot Buttons Sexuality Edition offers the facts about teen sexuality, backed by statistics; specifics for how to talk frankly about sex with your kids, discussion about the growth of homosexuality and bisexuality among teens; and compassionate advice for guiding your teen to reclaim purity.

Hot Buttons Drug Edition braves the scary world of substance abuse, equipping parents with facts, warning signs, and real-world scenarios on: alcohol; Marijuana and other drugs; inhalants; and prescription drugs.
My Thoughts:

Where were these books when I was raising my kids?  More than that, where were these books when I was being raised?  Nicole O'Dell is a rapidly rising star in the world of YA books, tackling tough topics in a no-nonsense style.  In my opinion, she's joining forces with Melody Carlson as a heavy-hitter that speaks teen-speak...but also parent-speak as well.

Her "Hot Buttons Series" gives parents information, facts and statistics, and real-life scenarios to share with their children.  Each book is topic specific, but covers a lot of ground in few pages.  And Nicole doesn't mince words...if it's able to come against our children and teens, she's on the front lines preparing us for battle.

I have a hard time saying I enjoyed the books, because the topics are far from comfortable.  But I did enjoy them, because I could see parents learning how to talk with their children and teens intelligently and how they could prepare their sons and daughters for just about any possibility.

Nicole O'Dell is a mom, a radio speaker, and a fantastic author of both fiction and non-fiction.  Her "Scenarios" fiction series is one of my favorites, very engaging and believable, and it allows the reader to see life from both the healthy and the unhealthy choice.

Her "Hot Buttons Series" combines facts with fiction, and gives anyone working with younger people an excellent tool.  And we can look forward to more editions in the months to come...she's not done yet!

I received a set of the "Hot Button Series" four-pack from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my participation in a blog tour and my honest review.  I am highly impressed with the quality, the information, and the presentation of each book, and highly recommend all four books.

Happy Reading!



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