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Split in two : keeping it together when your parents live apart
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Zest Books, 2009.
Physical Description:
120 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.
Reading Level:
1030 L Lexile
Provides advice to children of divorced parents on living in two homes simultaneously, including how to organize during moves, managing different lifestyles, and coping with the emotional stress of separation.


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Book J 306.89 BUS 1 1

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Tackling an under-addressed but common difficulty for teens in split families, Split in Two is a valuable resource guide to help teens feel less crazed and confused, and more self-confident. Complete with:
- Personal advice from teens who have lived/are living in two house-holds
- Tips on goal-setting and planning skills
- Comic-book-style illustrations that give the book an edgy, modern, graphic novel-style feel

Author Notes

Karen Buscemi is a well-respected writer for publications including Self, Women's Health, Figure , and Successful Living . Her monthly column, "Caught Without a Catchphrase," appears in Strut magazine, which is distributed in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press .

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Booklist Review

Scheduling, packing, organizing, and negotiating are all skills that would have helped me a lot, writes Buscemi in her personal introduction to this useful title for kids who shuttle between divorced parents. Buscemi's approach is holistic: by tackling kids' logistical and practical concerns, she hopes to help alleviate some of the anxiety and culture shock that young people with two homes often encounter. Written in a casual, genuine tone, the substantive chapters begin with valuable questions that help kids assess whether their basic needs for privacy and comfort are met in each household. Later sections address topics such as financial independence, organization, and how best to talk with parents about tough subjects. Throughout, real teens share their views about the pros and cons of living with divorced parents as well as the eventual acceptance and forgiveness that many discover. Like the text, Mucha's quirky cartoon illustrations find humor in the complicated situations and feelings, adding further appeal to this hip, reassuring guide filled with straightforward, honest advice.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist