Relationship Smarts

How to Navigate Dating, Friendships, Family Relationships, and More

From the Series USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Time, Money, and Relationships

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Relationships. Sometimes they’re great, and sometimes they’re difficult—but the world would be a mighty lonely place without them. Did you know that humans are wired to have relationships? And that we benefit from all types of connections—from romantic relationships and close friendships to family bonds and even the casual ties we have with our acquaintances?

This book explores relationships from all angles. You’ll discover
• what the four types of relationships are and how they benefit you.
• what the building blocks of healthy relationships are and how to make them work for you.
• how to deal with issues such as family drama, fickle friendships, dating difficulties, and more.
• what the warning signs of bad relationships are and what to do if you’re facing abuse.
• how to handle conflict in a relationship while staying true to yourself.

Supplemented with articles and information from USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, Relationship Smarts delivers solid advice and firsthand stories of real teens facing many of the same types of situations you are. Ready to wise up on relationships? Read on!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051040, YAN051110, YAN051100
Dewey 158.2'50835
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Lexile 1070
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Joyce Markovics

Joyce Markovics writes and edits nonfiction books on topics ranging from Tasmanian devils to blizzards for the school and library market. She has published more than a dozen books for young readers, several of which have been recommended by Booklist and the National Science Teachers Association. Her book The Bat's Cave: A Dark City received the Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books and the Children's Choices Selection in 2011.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

USA TODAY Teen Wise Guides: Time, Money, and Relationships

Published collaboratively with USA TODAY newspaper, this series offers teen readers more information on how to develop key life skills such as budgeting, making money, managing conflicts, and creating positive relationships. The series… View available downloads →